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The Story of Cruise (YC W14): How 4 people built a self driving car in 7 months.

The Story of Cruise (YC W14): How 4 people built a self driving car in 7 months.

The Beginning: One is the Loneliest Number Spend any time on HackerNews and you’ll hear one piece of advice repeated ad nauseam : “Find a great co-founder”. For Kyle Vogt, this was a no-brainer. Kyle has had great success following this advice in the past (he’s the former co-founder of Justin.TV and Twitch.tv). There was...
I launched HackerBody - A Geek's Guide to Fitness

I launched HackerBody – A Geek’s Guide to Fitness

I want to help people become healthy. I built this to help beginners get started with working out. It’s 100% free to use. I launched it yesterday and have over 1,000 users so far. It’s still in the early stages but I’d love to get some feedback from the TSF community. It’s not the end-all...
I Want To Write About Your Startup - Relaunching TSF

I Want To Write About Your Startup – Relaunching TSF

I want to write about your startup. I’ve been putting together new content for the TSF relaunch and I wanted to reach out to longtime readers to see what you’ve been working on as a “thank you” for your support. I’m relaunching TSF within the week with some killer content (Alexis Ohanian – cofounder of...
Nasty Bug in iOS 5.0.1 OTA Update screws up Address Book on the iPhone 4S

Nasty Bug in iOS 5.0.1 OTA Update screws up Address Book on the iPhone 4S

I updated my iPhone 4S earlier today (using the OTA method), and I discovered a nasty bug. My iPhone could no longer remember the names of any of my contacts! I opened up the contacts app on my phone and discovered that all of entries were still there but if I got a text or...
It’s Easier to Answer to Your Code Than Your Customers

It’s Easier to Answer to Your Code Than Your Customers

Over the last few weeks I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in startups that I’ve been covering: menial work. Put another way, procrastination by being focused on things that don’t matter. I’ve identified several ways I’ve seen it manifest in startups. I’ve also discovered why it’s such a common problem for startups. Here are the two...
YC Alum creates TouchBase Calendar and shares App Store Marketing Tips

YC Alum creates TouchBase Calendar and shares App Store Marketing Tips

TouchBase Calendar launched earlier this week to much fanfare. TouchBase Calendar hit the front page of HackerNews, jumped to the 18th spot in productivity on the App Store, and is receiving great reviews. I had the privilege of catching up with the cofounder of TouchBase, Tony Wright (A YC Alumn) to talk about what he’s...
On Steve

On Steve

When I heard the news that Steve passed away it felt like unfortunate, expected news. The writing was on the wall when Steve resigned on August 24, 2011. Steve simply would not leave Apple unless he had no other option. Sad, but ultimately expected news. What I wasn’t expecting is how much I’ve been personally...
Moment of Clarity - Why Being in the Trough of Sorrows is a Good Thing.

Moment of Clarity – Why Being in the Trough of Sorrows is a Good Thing.

“Will I be able to keep food on the table? Does my startup even have a chance at succeeding? How am I going to increase sales? Does what I’m working on actually matter?” You encounter these sort of questions when you’re in the “Trough of Sorrows” (as Paul Graham so eloquently stated). Being in the...
Meet Investors, Line up Customers, and Help Others - A Guide to Startup Meetups

Meet Investors, Line up Customers, and Help Others – A Guide to Startup Meetups

I had the privilege of sitting down with my friend Sanjay Parekh (from Startup Riot) to discuss how to get the most of startup events. In this interview we talk about how Sanjay went from being an introvert, to a networking machine. Sanjay discusses how he was able to get his first customer (because of...
TSF is looking for guest authors to help out

TSF is looking for guest authors to help out

I’m looking to roll out some new features (better submission process for startups, iterating on our theme, improving site load time, laying down a framework that will allow us to grow more easily in the future, etc…) on TSF and I’m looking for some help from the community. I would love to be able to...
Why You Don't Need a Startup Genie

Why You Don’t Need a Startup Genie

Let’s pretend you hit the startup lottery and Paul Graham wants to help you with your startup. Here’s the catch: Paul tells you that he will only do one thing to help startup succeed. For the purpose of this exercise think of Paul as a magical startup genie. What would you have him do? Perhaps...
The Netflix price increase, the “Startup Playbook”, and my own hypocrisy

The Netflix price increase, the “Startup Playbook”, and my own hypocrisy

Last week Netflix announced that they were increasing their prices in September. A very vocal customer base took to the internet to share its displeasure with the news. Some revolting customers even threatened to cancel their subscription unless the price increase was reversed. People were simply furious at Netflix. “It’s ridiculous” I half-heartedly complained to...