Paul Graham’s Hacker Guide to Investors [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 23, 2015

6:00 pm

Back in 2007, Y Combinator cofounder and partner Paul Graham wrote an essay that focused on the world of investors. More specifically, he outlined an entire guide for hackers on the nature of investors and how to approach them. While the post is from a few years ago, it’s nonetheless applicable to today’s startup landscape. Graham’s hacker guide to investor was recreated in an infographic by Anna Vital at Funders and Founders, which summarizes each of the points in his essay into bite-sized copy and images.

Graham’s Hacker’s Guide to Investors includes 23 points overall. He covers several points in the essay, such as the role of angel investors and their proclivity to fund riskier projects than VCs; how investors differ greatly from VCs; that valuations are mostly founded in myth; and that being turned down by investors doesn’t mean much. He goes into each of these points extensively, and it’s definitely worth a read if you haven’t yet looked at it.

Check out the much more condensed version of Paul Graham’s Hacker Guide to Investors below. Read the full essay by Graham here.

Paul Graham's Hacker Guide to Investors

The Hacker’s Guide to Investors (Funders and Founders)


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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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