Founders of Plasmyd Launch New Search Engine: "What Would Paul Graham Do?"

17th Oct 2012
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Well, entrepreneurs have grown on gyan and tips from Paul Graham; a venture capitalist and founder of YCombinator. A book mark on almost every entrepreneurs browser, Paul Graham is close to being called a Google for entrepreneurship and so realized  Adnan Akil and Kevin Wu. The duo founded discussion platform Plasmyd  and in their recent move, have launched "What Would Paul Graham Do?" This is sure to give them great buzz!

How does it work? All one needs to do is enter a search term and the engine will query it to throw out results from his hundreds of essays and comments on Hacker News.

 

So, is this taking it a bit too far? Comments on HN itself had mixed reactions but it's not a bad idea. After all the man has shared some more than pertinent views and opinions on the startup world. Giving it a shot, I tried out querying probably what would be the most searched item by Indian entrepreneurs- "Fund Raise"

What does it throw up?

29 of his essays and 3 comments. Here are our favourite ones from the essays:

A Fundraising Survival Guide

How to Fund a Startup

18 Mistakes that Kills Startups

So, what do you think? Give WWPGD a shot. It'll not tell you who the richest man in Abu Dhabi is but the information will most certainly not cause you any harm.

Just incase you're on the lookout for the complete bio of Paul Graham, here it is:

Paul Graham is an essayist, programmer, and investor. In 1995 he developed with Robert Morris the first web-based application, Viaweb, which was acquired by Yahoo in 1998. In 2002 he described a simple statistical spam filter that inspired a new generation of filters. In 2005 he was one of the founders of Y Combinator. He and Robert Morris are currently working on a new Lisp dialect called Arc.

Paul is the author of On Lisp (Prentice Hall, 1993), ANSI Common Lisp (Prentice Hall, 1995), and Hackers & Painters (O'Reilly, 2004). He has an AB from Cornell and a PhD in Computer Science from Harvard, and studied painting at RISD and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence.

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