“As pedestrians walked towards the crossing, they would step onto the green sponge and as they walked, the soles of their feet would make foot imprints onto the tree on the ground. Each green footprint added to the canvas like leaves growing on a bare tree, which made people literally feel that by walking they could create a greener environment.”
Tim Burke writes regarding my alma mater’s first sorority in recent history:
This is the space where college communities like Swarthmore can fall pretty flat in their aspirations to diversity. We have students who will go all around the world to meet, live among and humbly try to understand a community of people whose history, culture and material conditions are very different from their own previous experience. Those same students can balk at understanding or negotiating the immediate presence of anyone whose unfamiliarity is not so customarily different, who is not an expected or presupposed sort of “diverse” person.
I agree that the question is better asked “who should be raising VC funding?” vs. “what companies are startups?” What do you get by defining what a startup is? I don’t know.
But if you’re gonna be VC funded you need growth otherwise they’ll eat you alive. PG acknowledges this, so does Suster. That much is clear.
PG also admits that there are many companies that do not grow fast enough and take time to percolate that are worth pursuing. They just tend to be different kinds of companies, still worth pursuing, just different. In the second footnote of his essay, PG says:
One year at Startup School David Heinemeier Hansson encouraged programmers who wanted to start businesses to use a restaurant as a model. What he meant, I believe, is that it’s fine to start software companies constrained in (a) in the same way a restaurant is constrained in (b). I agree. Most people should not try to start startups.
What PG is saying that YC will almost only fund companies that will grow fast, this is a reasonable investment model for them, shouldn’t keep you from building your company and building it without YC.
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