The Best Startup Advice: Start Rich

From an interview with Sam Altman, Chairman of Y Combinator

As Sam Altman says, “The most important thing you can get to be a founder is to pick your parents well. That’s a really sad statement about the world.”

A lot of what makes a founder is set before they’re old enough to drop out of college. It starts with nutrition and security and, as much as…



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Indrajit Samarajiva is a writer from Sri Lanka, grumpily in Oxford for a while. Sign up for my newsletter at, and you can reach me at