August 12, 2006
Founding Myths
Posted by Gordon Smith

Not long ago, one of my students became upset with me when I told her that the incredible story she was telling about some entrepreneurial company probably wasn't true. So I laughed when I read this from Paul Kedrosky: "I hate the Silicon Valley founding myth garage thing. It is usually a lie, and I'd frankly find it more believable if entrepreneurs said they had been grown in moist petri dishes -- just add Ajax -- under Doerr's desk on Sandhill."

By the way, the comment was inspired by this video clip from the YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen (whose story does not sound at all implausible) ...

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