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Paul Graham is an American entrepreneur and essayist who is best known as a co-founder of the influential technology companies Viaweb and Y Combinator. He is also known for his essays on technology startups and venture capital, which have been collected in several books, including Hackers and Painters.
Graham is considered to be a highly influential figure in Silicon Valley. Graham was born in the U.K. He attended Harvard University, where he majored in physics and studied computer science. While in college, he became interested in the idea of building a software business and he started a company called Viaweb with his college roommate Robert Morris. Viaweb sold software to businesses that allowed them to set up online stores on their websites. Viaweb was eventually acquired by Yahoo! in 1998, for $49.6 million.
After Viaweb, Graham went on to co-found Y Combinator with Jessica Livingston, Trevor Blackwell, and Robert Morris. Y Combinator is a seed accelerator that provides funding for startups. It also provides startups with advice and connections in exchange for an equity stake in the company. Y Combinator has funded over 800 startups, including Dropbox, Airbnb, and Reddit. In addition to his work with Y Combinator, Graham has written numerous influential essays on technology startups and venture capital.
Y Combinator is an influential organization based in Silicon Valley that provides seed funding to many startups. Founded in 2005 by Paul Graham, the company has been a major force in the industry and has funded many technology companies including Dropbox, Airbnb, Stripe, Docker, Twitch, and Reddit. They provide seed funding to promising startups through their Winter and Summer programs. These programs take place every year and provide hundreds of startups with around$ 120,000 in seed funding each time. During the Summer program( which started in 2005), Y Combinator selects 15 startups to pitch investors and get access to seed funding. The startups are generally selected based on the quality of their business ideas and whether or not the founders are best-suited for the role.
He was also one of the founders of the Common Lisp community, and served as its chair from 1994-1996. He developed Arc while working on Viaweb, and later released it as open source.