The first panel of today’s Startup School event at the Flint Center for the Performance Arts had Paul Graham interviewing SV Angel’s Ron Conway. Given the audience — which based on some chatting before the event, consisted of many Stanford students and high schoolers in the South Bay Area — Graham’s line of question primarily had to do with the traits and skills needed to be a successful founder.
Conway began by stating that a good entrepreneur has to « have a huge work ethic, be ambitious, aggressive, tough. » He also said that being an entrepreneur is a vocation: « You can’t learn to be ambitious and driven. »
But then he took a turn for the serious, warning the enthusiastic crowd that « you have to be willing to work 24/7. » He then went a step further, solemnly claiming, « Dating someone or married: warn them that they’re not first in line, that you have this…
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