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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.

The 168-Hour Workweek

On Linus Rylander

I don’t know what you have been doing lately, but at three in the morning last night, I was working on a sales letter.

I don’t write sales letters at three in the morning because I have to, like I’m on some impossible deadline.

And, I don’t write sales letters at three in the morning because I’m so fantastically crazy about sales letters that I cannot spend a moment of my time NOT thinking about sales letters.

Or, um. Yeah, that last one is almost true.

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