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@LarryChiang Versus @PaulG

by Larry Chiang on October 21, 2012

By Larry Chiang

Mentorship is cool.

I love mentorship. And sometimes because my IQ is a li’l lower than most, I have to really leverage mentorship by listening and watching alpha males like the way a Shih Tzu watches and studies and stares intently.

Paul Graham (PG) is an incredible mentor to teams and teams of startups. At Startup School at Stanford, he said:

Larry Chiang ✰ (@LarryChiang) 10/21/12 10:21 AM RT @mehulkar: “I really wish there more people with companies that started them than the other way around” -PG #startupschool

What I think he is saying is that it is bad to be an “accidental entrepreneur”. If he is saying this then I (as a pattern recognizer) say: “Do what PG does, not what he is quoted out of context saying”

I’m pattern recognizing that Mr Paul didn’t set out to co-found a VC firm. That became a top tier VC firm. Paul Graham is an accidental VC.

My opinion* is that you SHOULD be an accidental entrepreneur. As an engineering undergrad, why take a risk when you can make $140k?!

Risk Mitigate Risk Minimize Risk Eliminate

I’m saying do a LC ‘Mini Company Concept’ that resembles a lemonade stand #LCMCC.

ENGR145’s Anchor Concept: Lemonade and Gua Gua Guacamole

It moves you to the right on the entrepreneur bell curve

At MIT, as EIR I coach engineers on a program: “Engineering Entrepreneurship Education for People Who May Never Be A Founder”

*based on 60,000 hours of entrepreneur expertise (that I read in over 500 books on Startups)

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