Paul Graham is a programmer, writer, and investor.
In 1995, he and Robert Morris started Viaweb, the first software
as a service company. Viaweb was acquired by
Yahoo in 1998,
where it became Yahoo Store. In 2001 he started publishing
essays on paulgraham.com,
which now gets around 15 million page views per year.
In 2005 he and
Jessica Livingston, Robert Morris, and Trevor Blackwell
started Y Combinator, the first of a new type of startup
incubator. Since 2005 Y Combinator has funded over 2000 startups,
including Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, and Reddit. In 2019 he published a
new Lisp dialect written in itself called Bel.
is the author of
On Lisp (Prentice Hall,
ANSI Common Lisp
(Prentice Hall, 1995), and
Painters (O'Reilly, 2004).
He has an AB from Cornell and a
PhD in Computer Science from Harvard, and studied painting
at RISD and the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence.
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