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Founders vs Judicious Founders

I came across a brilliant piece from Paul Graham, the co-founder of Y Combinator.

In stating a key difference between the types of startup founders, he shares this below analogy: 

In the world of painting there are some people who are just fabulously talented at drawing. Similarly, the best programmers are the ones that combine in one head both the ability to translate ideas into code and having the ideas. Between the two, I would take the Cézannes. Cézanne could not draw, he makes the same drawing mistakes that every one makes in introductory drawing classes. Occam's razor said he couldn't draw, not that he was trying to transcend three dimension ... but what he was good at was sort of the other half - deciding what to produce.  

Since the rise of startups in the last decade, we are seeing a lot of very frankly talented people founding companies and struggling to understand why people won't buy their products. The judicious makers are the real founders who know how to make something that people want. But to improve your judgement, you have to try more ideas, fail more often and get better by reflecting the lessons learned. No shortcut here. 

 

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