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And now let’s make fun of startup lingo

Funny post by Techcrunch earlier this month on startup culture / slang / lingo. My favorites are:

Cashflow Positive – Someone gave us a dollar.

Pre-Money Valuation – A number you made up.

“I’m a serial entrepreneur.” – Person who had two ideas, both of which failed.

Growth Hacking – Sales, marketing and associated activities, but with a label that incorporates the word “hacking,” because nontechnical people want to call themselves “hackers” too.

Check out the full list at “how to speak startup“.

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What Office Hours at YCombinator Looks Like

If you ever wondered what would be like to chat with Paul Graham about your startup, here’s your chance to take a peek at what’s like to be questioned, contradicted, and enlightened during YCombinator‘s famous “office hours”.

At TechCrunch Disrupt, they asked Paul to give a few startup founders some on-stage advice as if he were talking to his own incubator companies. The result is pretty entertaining and makes you think about the questions he poses and what you would answer.

The two key questions that came up during every single interview, are “what problem are you solving” and “who needs your product desperately”. Think about that for a moment and write down your answer. Now watch the video and see how others tried answering these same critical questions.

Click the image below to watch and enjoy!

TechCrunch Disrupt Office Hours