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Why and How to Learn to Program

It's surprisingly rare for me to get emails with suggestions for posts, but since posting last week about my startup, I've gotten several requests for a post about programming. Good idea-I should have thought of this before.

Now is a particularly good time to talk about programming, because now is a particularly good time to start a tech business. Every two weeks I go to Startup Poker, where I play poker with a bunch of startup employees and owners. We don't talk about startups all that much, but when we do, a recurring theme is this: there has never been an easier time to start a startup.

The process of starting up a tech company has almost become standardized: two founders join together with an idea, they start building it, take funding, and change the idea along the way as necessary. Amongst the two founders, there are only two configurations that you'll see: either both are "technical" or one is "technical". Technical meaning that they can program and will actually build the product.

My Favorite Quotes

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1 Have a vision. Be demanding  ... by Colin Powell

2 Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier  ... by Colin Powell

3 You don't know what you can get away with until you try  ... by Colin Powell

4 The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true ... by James Branch Cabell

5 Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius ... by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

1 Have a vision. Be demanding  ... by Colin Powell 2 Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier  ... by Colin Powell 3 You don't know what you can get away with until you try  ... by Colin Powell 4 The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true ... by James Branch Cabell 5 Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius ... by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 6 I'm not a sponge exactly, but I find that something I look at is a great opportunity for ideas. ... by Martha Stewart 7 Obviously everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as being very innovative, very trusted and ethical and ultimately making a big difference in the world ... by Sergey Brin 8 The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ... by Walt Disney 9 In the realm of ideas everything depends on enthusiasm.. in the real world all rests on perseverance ... by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 10 It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste time. ... by Henry Ford 11 I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often. ... by Brian Tracy 12 Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve. ... by Mary Kay Ash 13 If GE's strategy of investment in China is wrong, it represents a loss of a billion dollars, perhaps a couple of billion dollars. If it is right, it is the future of this company for the next century ... by Jack Welch 14 Strong managers who make tough decisions to cut jobs provide the only true job security in today's world. Weak managers are the problem. Weak managers destroy jobs ... by Jack Welch15 Control your own destiny or someone else will ... by Jack Welch 16 Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be ... by Jack Welch 17 Give a lot, expect a lot, and if you don't get it, prune ... by Tom Peters 18 Test fast, fail fast, adjust fast ... by Tom Peters 19 The magic formula that successful businesses have discovered is to treat customers like guests and employees like people ... by Tom Peters 20 Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else ... by Tom Peters 21 Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power ... by Abraham Lincoln 22 When in doubt, tell the truth.  ... by Mark Twain 23 Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity ... by George S. Patton 24 Torture the data long enough, and they will confess to anything. ... by Anon 25 Good. Fast. Cheap.  Pick Two.  ... by Kareem Aggour 26 If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first four sharpening the axe ... by Abraham Lincoln 27 I think quality control is an oxymoron. True quality needs space to breathe. If quality is built in, then where's the need for control? Why on earth would you want to control quality? It should be allowed to run rampant ... by Hal Rosenbluth 28 Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing right things ... by Peter Drucker 29 Treat the customer as an appreciating asset ... by Tom Peters 30 The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them ... by Albert Einstein 31 Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work ... by Thomas Edison 32 The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired ... by Stephen Hawking 33 There is no reality in the absence of observation -

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