“I believe, and Y Combinator is kind of an experiment to test this, that programmers can become business types. I think that business is kind of like chess in the sense that the hard part is not knowing the rules about how the pieces move. The hard part is actually being able to look ahead and make strategies. The hard part about playing chess is being smart. Business is like that. There’s a few rules of business and that hackers are capable of learning them, most hackers. Once they learn them, they’ll be as good at it as business guys. Hackers can be business guys.”
Paul Graham, Unedited Interview from 2005 during YC’s first Summer Founders Program.
Thanks, Garry Tan.