Xconomy Q&A with Y Combinator Founder Paul Graham
I found it aggravating in lots of ways, but am trying to consider if there are some useful criticisms in there.
Graham repeatedly characterizes Boston as a city of ideas, which makes it sound like the only thing here is academia and research. (Don't we occasionally turn those ideas into companies, whether Akamai or Genzyme or A123 Systems or Boston Scientific?) He makes this assertion, without backing it up with any kind of data: "Stanford students are all thinking about startups. MIT students mostly think of getting jobs at Microsoft or Google." Investors here are not more prudent, he also opines, but rather "less confident" than investors in Silicon Valley.
Interesting that Graham's biggest entrepreneurial success, Viaweb, was founded in Cambridge. (Many of the Viaweb founders now work with Graham on Y Combinator.) Maybe all the reasons Boston is a bad place for start-ups were not true in the 1990s, when that company was hatched?