Paul Graham

@paulg

28 days ago

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A marginal but growing market ignored by incumbents is like a crack in the sidewalk, and a startup is like a seed. The crack gives the seed a place to germinate. At first it's just a little shoot, but if it keeps growing it will eventually push the sidewalk apart.

Corollary: If you see a stretch of sidewalk full of cracks with no shoots growing out of them, it has probably been sprayed with some sort of herbicide, like the RIAA or government regulation.

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