Stu West

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Grandad worked the railroads

I don’t remember ever seeing my grandfather ride a bike. He was a stocky man, diabetic, and not given to feats of strenuous physical activity, but if I remember my childhood accurately he spent half his retirement years sitting in his workshop with the inner tube from my bicycle in a bucket of water, finding punctures…

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“The Internet rewards scorched-earth arguments.”

Tom Spurgeon

The Launch Pad

The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator by Randall Stross is an account of what happened to the startup companies accepted into Y Combinator’s Summer 2011 programme. You get the impression sometimes that people in Silicon Valley say the name Y Combinator about as regularly as they say Google or Facebook, but a vanishingly small proportion of people outside the tech industry have ever heard of it…

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