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(Since no one is pointing out Elephant in the room, I will do that).

YC has been around for 10 years. Average age of a company from First Investment to IPO in 2014 is less than 10 years (http://lifescivc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Time-From-VC... Source 1.)

Personally, I believe startups excel when odds were stacks against us (forced to innovate and make founders strong and tested). I think YC or any incubator has a structure that shields companies from facing challenges initially.

I don't think Incubators are proven to be a great Idea yet ( if you are someone with industry experience rather than a fresh graduate).

1. http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucebooth/2015/02/24/tortoise-h...


VCs don't invest at the idea stage, so most initial funding comes from angels or accelerators (or bootstrapped because founders are already rich, but that doesn't count). Since having industry experience does not necessarily equate to having a vast angel network, accelerators fill in the gap.

Demand Force one of the asset they are trying to sell was acquired just 3 years ago for 450 Million.

You would think executives making these decisions will have some consequences :).


I thought it was great content.

Peter Thiel's explanation on whether China can copy and survive for long time was great explanation and a valid point for any developing economy.


I would think both have a place next to Vending Machines.

Sandwiches -- especially anything containing meat -- need fresh ingredients to be actually compelling. Seems like it'd be difficult to beat restaurants, especially with the "yuck/cheap factor" that comes with vending machines.

Plus, going out for lunch is 25% about food and 75% about getting out of the office and walking around in the world.

I'd imagine the primary market for such a vending machine would be the small population of workaholics who are too far gone to take a 30 minute break in the middle of the day, or McDonalds competitors in high-minimum-wage areas. But honestly, it seems like McDonalds would be able to beat any comer (maybe even without having to license any IP).

Tough market :-)


Wow Talk about secrecy, Linkedin Profile is already deleted.

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Actually just an inaccurate cut & paste of the url (https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=55419240) is still there, and you can see more of it if you log into LinkedIn

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Its a Student and he was not yet working for them.

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There is a Reason why Indian Immigrants are CEO's of Companies like Google and Microsoft rather than founder of Companies like Google and Microsoft.

Current EB2 (For people who have done masters) green card wait time for Indian Born immigrants is 10 Years (mind you this is for people who have done masters and would have worked for a company at least a year to start the process). By the time an Indian Immigrant can legally start a company and work for the same, he/she has to be atleast 35.

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Yup. 12 yrs and still no GC in sight.

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Or you could start a company in India.

Last time I checked, you can start a company from anywhere.

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Company that never made money, Priced at 12+ times Sales, little Growth. Stock falling?

While companies are making real money, Twitter like companies are creating the Bubble chatter this time.

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From Wikipedia: In 2008, SolarCity introduced a new solar lease option for homeowners that significantly reduces or eliminates the upfront cost of installing solar power.

Several companies were offering Solar lease in 2007.

The article seem to imply that SolarCity invented Solar Leasing which is inaccurate.

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It looks like that was added in 2008[1] by an anonymous editor likely affiliated with SolarCity[2]. This is par for the course for a Wikipedia article about an operating business.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=SolarCity&type=re...

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/UVHaight

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Five editors with Solar City only editing interests have edited that article, including one called "AvalonPRlosangeles". I put a notice on Wikipedia's conflict of interest noticeboard, which will start the process by which promotional edits are dealt with.

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"Mickey D's first introduced a lobster roll — then called the "McLobster" — nationally in 1993" [1]

IMO, no one reads that and assumes that McDs invented the lobster roll. Why then would someone read the Wikipedia quote and assume Solar City was first or assume that's what the wikipedia quote was implying? That was when Solar City first introduced their new product: a lease.

1 - http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/mcdonald-start-se...

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Be that as it may, leasing vs buying is always bad, IMO. We just installed our PV system in SoCal - I get the rebate, I own the system, when selling the home eventually the new owner knows what he/she is getting and isn't encumbered by the lease.... However you slice it, biting the bullet and buying your own PV system is way way better than leasing it.

Maybe there are cases where leasing makes sense...but those are few and far between...or maybe SolarCity counts on people being uninformed/clueless, which is why this 'lease' model works. IMHO, it's total ripoff.

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IIRC the argument for the lease is not having money up front, having someone else bear the cost of installing PV, and getting a "free" discount on your PG&E bill in exchange for a monthly payment.

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I've always preferred to buy vs. lease rationalizing that I'm taking the profit away from the middle-man for myself. And I'm interested in solar, but I've been hesitant to contact any solar installation outfit because I fear the installer's sales pitches, confusing contracts, phone calls, etc. Can I ask ballpark figure what it costs to outright purchase panels for a typical house? I realize that there are lots of variables such as house orientation, roof size, electric usage, etc.

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The guy who did it for me is one of my best friends and he's been at it for a few years - he's been in sales overall for 20+ years, but lately he's been doing PV installations. He's fully licensed and bonded in CA. If you are in the SoCal area, I can send you to him for a friendly rate and I am 99% certain he will beat any other quote you get. Mine was 18k for a 5k system, using Solarworld's Sumodule Protect ... Everyone else quoted me higher.

Post a (disposable) email address where I can reach you with his info if you're in SoCal.

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Thanks for the $ info, but I'm in the Denver area. We get lots of sun too!

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They were doing that at least 5 years before that

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Credit is hardly a new innovation.

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Thanks for doing this.

Sometime back I tried to develop habit of listening to podcasts about startups while working out. I gave up finally when I realized most podcasts I find on web on related topic are with people who are trying to sell something (mostly book).

Any other good sources on podcasts with founders that are not trying to sell their book?

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This week in startups -- http://thisweekinstartups.com/

All of the guests are there to promote something (themselves/their-startup) so everyone is a bit manicured, but it's still a good look at some of what goes on inside of startups.

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I only avoided this recommendation specifically because each of the hosts has their own book to promote on the show - even though neither one seems to do so too much (Rob not so much at all anymore, but Mike's book was released recently).

I do think it is a great podcast with tons of practical, actionable advice focused at lifestyle SaaS developers.

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Rob and Mike have http://www.startupsfortherestofus.com/

Twist in from Jason Calacanis.

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Oops; you're right - thanks!

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Check out Startup -- https://gimletmedia.com/show/startup/

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The 1st season of Startup was great. It is broadcasted as someone telling a story. No suprise here as the producers are from the "This American Life" camp.

2nd season is a little flat compare to the 1st season, but still quite good.

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CodePen Radio is pretty good. They cover a wide breadth of topics.

It's focused around the 3 people that run codpen.io They talk about what it's like running a startup. They don't try to sell anything or have outside sponsors because it's about their business. I guess it's pretty much implied you know of codepen already so they don't have to shove adverts down your throat.

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I'd recommend the Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Seminars from the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. They're all available on iTunes.

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Exponent FM is great. Not by a founder, but about strategy in tech

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