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Monday, August 11, 2008

A Fundraising Survival Guide by Paul Graham

I found this essay by Paul Graham, Paul is an essayist, programmer, and programming language designer. 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 most current filters. He's currently working on a new programming language called Arc, a new book on startups, and is one of the partners in Y Combinator.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.

Web Page: Paulgraham.com

He produced an excellent article on how to survive fund raising, this is a must read for anyone who is starting, process of raising funding, or thinking about it, for there early stage company, it has been a help/ refresher to me as I am looking at a variety of long term choices for my career, at present working on a major Photovoltaic project, which looks like it will have legs, but who knows in these days. There is also my feel the pulse, check out my future vision for my life and family phase of the year, and an alignment to my own Christian belief's long term. I find it is always refreshing to look at how others experience of how they have achieved there own goals and vision in life.

follow this link to the article:

Zero to $1million by Ryan P. Allis

Also for a interesting book to muse on the long flights, delays, trains,taxis, overnights in the hotel bar that you may experience have a look at this book by young entrepreneur Ryan P. Allis, to build a sales line of $1,000,000, in a short time, and continue to $10,000,000 at that age is an achievement but more so in the VC funded online comms and marketing field . Paul goes through is methodology of how he achieved his success and shares it with you using various techniques in the book. I suggest you give it to the new S &M executive you hire and ask him to read it and come back to you with a plan to do it better, if he does you have a winner and a keeper. You can contact Paul's PR folk at Jane Wesman PR, jane@wesmanpr.com



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