Paul Graham shares his thoughts on how to evaluate/understand startups.
A Basic interpreter for the Altair? How could that ever grow into a giant company? People sleeping on airbeds in strangers’ apartments? A web site for college students to stalk one another? A wimpy little single-board computer for hobbyists that used a TV as a monitor? A new search engine, when there were already about 10, and they were all trying to de-emphasize search?