A story of Grit:

Recently I’ve been digging through my black hole of a bookmarks collection.  I’m proud to say that they are sorted 🙂

I happened upon an old Paul Graham (co-founder) article titled: “Do Things that Don’t Scale.” A story popped out and randomly inspired me on an otherwise normal day.

“At YC we use the term “Collison installation” for the technique they invented. More diffident founders ask “Will you try our beta?” and if the answer is yes, they say “Great, we’ll send you a link.” But the Collison brothers weren’t going to wait. When anyone agreed to try Stripe they’d say “Right then, give me your laptop” and set them up on the spot.”

Indeed, the guys at Stripe displayed some extreme forms of grit.  It really puts into perspective how most startups behave- many are sheepish and don’t go out due to nervousness or lack of confidence in their idea.  There’s a lesson to be learned here.

 

A tale of fragility:

“Almost all startups are fragile initially.”

After conceiving so many ideas, I recognize that fragile ideas have to be developed into strong or even better, antifragile businesses.  Makes me want to finish reading Antifragile by Nassim Taleb.

There are lots of lessons to be learned from this article, you should check it out here! More blog posts will be dedicated to this article

Lucas is a designer based in the United States.  Feel free to contact him at lucasgoshenlim [at] gmail [dot] com