What I Wish I Knew Before Pitching LinkedIn to VCs rank: 11

Entrepreneurs often ask me for help with their financing decks. Because we value integrity and confidentiality at Greylock, we never share an entrepreneur’s pitch deck with others. What I’ve honorably been able to do, however, is share the deck I used to pitch LinkedIn to Greylock for a Series B investment back in 2004.

Postmortem of a Venture-backed Startup – Brett Martin – Medium rank: 194
For those unfamiliar, Sonar Media Inc. was a mobile app created to help make the world a friendlier place. Our mobile app buzzed in your pocket when friends were near and ushered in a new wave of…

Making Product Hunt – on startups – Medium rank: 194
Product Hunt began as an email-first experiment less than a year ago. Since then, nine awesome people have joined the team and I’m happy to introduce a few more amazing people in our story. ? Today…

How quitting my corporate job for my startup dream f*cked my life up rank: 194
An SMS hitting my BlackBerry on Sunday evenings used to decide my destination and client for the coming week. A life packed in a suitcase. A consulting life where you miss out on everything and…

Good and Bad Reasons to Become an Entrepreneur – I. M. H. O. – Medium rank: 194
Update (Sept 2014): I gave a talk on this topic during lecture 1 of Stanford’s CS 183B course. Check out the video if you’d like to hear more about deciding to become an entrepreneur. I’ve also added…

You Are Not Late – The Message – Medium rank: 194
Can you imagine how awesome it would have been to be an entrepreneur in 1985 when almost any dot com name you wanted was available? All words; short ones, cool ones. All you had to do was ask. It…

The Spark File – The Writer’s Room – Medium rank: 194
Looking back at all the tools and techniques that I've developed over the years as a writer, it occurs to me that most of them are, in one way or another, grappling with two critical mental forces…

How to Write Emails Like a CEO – Andrew Torba – Medium rank: 194
There are many things CEOs care about, but arguably one of the most important things is their time. Whether they are running a Fortune 500 company or a startup company, CEOs have a lot on their plate…

Essays rank: 19,530

Paul Graham is a programmer, writer, and investor. In 1995, he and Robert Morris started Viaweb, the first software as a service company. Viaweb was acquired by Yahoo in 1998, where it became Yahoo Store. In 2001 Grahams started publishing essays on website, which in 2014 got 12 million page views.

In 2005 he and Jessica Livingston, Robert Morris, and Trevor Blackwell started Y Combinator, the first of a new type of startup incubator. Since 2005 Y Combinator has funded over 800 startups, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, and Reddit. Some of Paul’s best essays are: “How to Make Wealth”, “How to Start a Startup”, “Hiring is Obsolete”, “The Hardest Lesson for Startups to Learn”, “The 18 Mistakes that Kill Startups”, and “Why To Not Not Start a Startup”.

Sequoia - Writing a Business Plan rank: 34,010
**Company purpose** Start here: define your company in a single declarative sentence. This is harder than it looks. It’s easy to get...

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