According to Wikipedia, a startup company is a company with limited operating history. The entry goes on to add,

It may effectively cease to be a startup as it passes various milestones, such as becoming profitable, or becoming publically traded in an IPO, or ceasing to exist as an independent entity via a merger or acquisition. Most startups fail.

The catch here is that most of them fail; however, when they succeed, they do succeed spectacularly!

Y-combinator is a venture firm that specialises in funding startups:

Y Combinator is a new kind of venture firm specializing in funding early stage startups. We help startups through what is for many the hardest step, from idea to company. We invest mostly in software and web services. And because we are ourselves technology people, we prefer groups with a lot of technical depth. We care more about how smart you are than how old you are, and more about the quality of your ideas than whether you have a formal business plan.

So, it is no wonder that one of the partners of Y combinator, Paul Graham, writes about the various aspects of startups in his blog.

Paul Graham is one of the finest writers that I have come across (as is clear from the entries in his blog about good writing, and as any of the articles in his blog would vouch). In this post, I would like to collect some of the startup related posts of Graham. For the rest of the essays (and, I heartily recommend all of them), go here.

  1. Why to not not start a startup
  2. Learning from founders
  3. The 18 mistakes that kill startups
  4. A student’s guide to startups
  5. How to present to investors
  6. Why startups condense in America
  7. How to be silicon valley
  8. The hardest lessons for startups to learn
  9. How to fund a startup
  10. Ideas for startups
  11. How to start a startup

As an even casual glance of these articles would indicate, they are deep, practical and thought-provoking. So, take your time and read through them; and, in case you decide to start a startup, leave us a note here!

PS:- Here are a couple of posts of mine in response to his how to be silicon valley, wondering whether it is possible to duplicate the silicon valley experience in India.