We basically watched a plausible version of how Apple could have gotten started if there was only a Wozniak but no Jobs.
The exact opposite of the entrepreneur spirit. I think pg may have overlooked this side of the hackerhood.
There is nothing precluding a hacker from leveraging the economy to scale up his favourite hack (which I believe pg’s early essays were about) or, as Notch did, just to secure himself a peaceful and secure environment to continue his hacking without having to worry about things like food, health and shelter. But that is a different type of hacker than the ones that are attracted to the startup scene nowadays.
I like the idea of “scaling up your favorite hack.”
Keywords: Steve Wozniak, Paul Graham, capitalism, incentives, creative process
I’m a nerdy computer programmer who likes to have opinions on Twitter.
I forgot to comment on this bit.
There are imperfections in our collective social consciousness, and it’s good that we can notice them. But it’s a crying shame that we aren’t smart enough to work them out alone either. Really a nail in the coffin for the individual, isn’t it?
No one is smart enough to have their random opinions stand up to the level of attention someone like Notch gets.