TechcrunchがYCombinatorというVCのパートナーにインタビューしてる。YCombinatorRedditWufooKiko(ここだったんかい!)などへ投資しているそうだ。なかなか面白い内容であった。

You mentioned Digg as an example of a company that took VC money.They took $2.8 million, whereas reddit, their closest competitor, hastaken only $88,000. (I know because Y Combinator funded them.)
(略)
Whatever the causes, it’s an interesting data point that acompany with $88,000 in funding can even compete against one with $2.8million. That could not have happened before the web.

An interview with VC Paul Graham of YCombinator – TechCrunch

$88,000って….10百万円弱? これが資本金の全部ではないだろうけど、それにしても随分と少ない。

What I tell founders is not to sweat the business model too much atfirst. The most important task at first is to built something peoplewant. If you don’t do that, it won’t matter how clever yourbusiness model is.

An interview with VC Paul Graham of YCombinator – TechCrunch

これはその通りだ。先ずはユーザーの支持を得られなければどうしようもない。しかしビジネス・モデルがないというのはやはり問題だと思うのだが。ただ、初期投資に10百万円程度、その後の成長過程で何度か行うであろう追加出資の額もその程度であるなら、十分に面倒見て行けるから、この発言は説得力を持つ。Youtubeの負担額が飛びぬけているのだろうか?

Of course you have to have a business model eventually. But
experience so far suggests that figuring out how to make money from
something popular is a lot easier than making something popular.

I get a lot of criticism for telling founders to focus first on
making something great, instead of worrying about how to make money.
And yet that is exactly what Google did. And Apple, for that matter.
You’d think examples like that would be enough to convince people.

An interview with VC Paul Graham of YCombinator – TechCrunch

ふむふむ….。

Is this another Bubble? I don’t think so, not so far. There may
be a lot of lame startups being started, but that’s not the
definition of a bubble. A bubble is when a lot of money is being
invested in lame startups, and that’s not happening yet. The
reason so many new startups are getting started is that the cost has
gone down, not that funding has gone up.

An interview with VC Paul Graham of YCombinator – TechCrunch

バブルとは、つまらないスタートアップへの多額の投資を言い、今のところそれは起きていないと断じているが….うーん、各社への投資額の一覧でもどこかにないものか….検証したくなってきたww

One startup I dream of funding is the one that kills the record
companies. You know your business model is broken when you’re
suing your customers. The new business model must be out there
somewhere, and my guess is that the way to beat the bad guys is not
through political action (or at least, not only that), but by inventing whatever replaces them.

An interview with VC Paul Graham of YCombinator – TechCrunch

Applause !

I wouldn’t advise competing with Google in things they’re
good at. So what is Google good at? As a first approximation, making
things their own developers use

at work. So they’ll do a better job on an online calendar than a
video sharing site, for example, because their employees are probably
not supposed to be sitting watching videos at work.

An interview with VC Paul Graham of YCombinator – TechCrunch

HAHAHAHA…

Another weakness of Google’s is that they’re a big company.
I’ve heard some real horror stories from hackers there about the
bureacratic obstacles to getting stuff released. That means
they’re unlikely to do anything so novel that it frightens the
bureaucrats.

An interview with VC Paul Graham of YCombinator – TechCrunch

誰かさんの言っていることとは、だいぶ様子が違うようだね……W

If you’re a little older and/or have some particular domain
expertise, you could try making something that you yourself don’t
want, but you think other people do. This is a much riskier path,
though. Most of the great startups seem to have begun with something
the founders wanted: Google, Yahoo, Apple, even Microsoft.

An interview with VC Paul Graham of YCombinator – TechCrunch

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