Paul Graham

“The way you’ll get big ideas in, say, health care is by starting our with small ideas. If you try to do some big thing, you don’t just need it to be big; you need it to be good. And it’s really hard to do big and good simultaneously. So, what that means is you can either do something big and bad and gradually make it better. And you know what? Empirically, starting big just that’s really bad, and the think, Well, we’ll make it better, and then it never gets better.
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The very best ideas usually seem like bad ideas at first. Google seemed like a bad idea. There were already several other search engines, some of which were operated by public companies. Who needed another? And Facebook? When I first heard about Facebook, it was for college students, who don’t have any money. And what do they do there? Waste time looking at one another’s profiles. That seemed like the stupidest company ever. I’m glad no one gave me an opportunity to turn it down.”

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