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Weekly Reader Question: What’s the difference between a “startup” and a “company”?

Published: Feb 20, 2011 8:37 pm

I’ve been blown away by the quality of comments on The Startup Foundry, so I’ve decided to start a weekly question that allows us to harness this great community’s insight. If it’s well received, we will make this a weekly occurrence.

What’s the difference between a “startup” and “company”? More specifically, when do you think a startup should start calling itself a company? Should it be profitable? Perhaps it’s more of an art then a science, more qualitative then quantitative?

What do you think? Please sound off in the comments.

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I'm a YC alumn and I love startups. I created TSF to highlight companies I find interesting. You can learn more about me here.

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