Ron Conway’s Advice For Young Founders At YC’s Startup School


ron conway with michael arrington

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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