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Paul Graham’s 13 Pointers for Launching a Successful Startup

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Venture capitalist and e-commerce pioneer Paul Graham gives 13 pointers, including "Get ramen profitable." Huh? See paulgraham.com/13sentences.html.

"Ramen profitable" means a startup makes just enough to pay the founders' living expenses. It's not rapid prototyping for business models (though it can be), but more a way of hacking the investment process. Once you cross over into ramen profitable, it completely changes your relationship with investors. It's also great for morale.




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