Don’t Get No Respect - “It surprised me that being a start-up founder does not get you more admiration from women.” That’s one response to the question, “What surprised you the most about starting a company?” asked by Paul Graham, the co-founder of seed investor Y Combinator. Graham, who asked this question to all the founders of start-ups that Y Combinator invested in, summarizes the responses - many of which are more serviceable than the lighthearted one above - in a helpful post for first-time founders. What’s interesting, Graham finds, is that the founders’ surprises are all things that Graham told them would happen beforehand. “Unconsciously, everyone expects a start-up to be like a job, and that explains most of the surprises,” Graham says.
WSJ: The Daily Start-Up: So You Founded A Start-Up - Surprise!