If you want to win in a software business, just take on the hardest problem you can find, use the most powerful language you can get, and wait for your competitors’ pointy-haired bosses to revert to the mean.
English programmer, essayist and venture capitalist. Known for his work on Lisp. Co-founded Viaweb (which eventually became Yahoo! Store) and the Y Combinator seed capital firm. Publishes essays on paulgraham.com and is author of some programming books, such as: On Lisp, ANSI Common Lisp, and Hackers & Painters.