Don’t be afraid of Google
David at Signal vs Noise has a great post about how depressingly wrong Paul Graham is when saying the only problem with (the now for sale) Kiko – a YCombinator funded project – was being in the way of Google in the online calendar space. Paul, who’s inspired many in the start-up world, may be trying to cover his tracks by putting the blame on Google for his projects’ demise, but by saying,
The best solution for most startup founders would probably be to stay out of GoogleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s way.
he’s just being (with all due respect), a little dumb. How are you supposed to do anything (in any area), if you’re afraid of a giant competitor? And thinking about it, wasn’t Google just a couple of guys some years ago? Were they afraid of competition? Paul, please.
Don’t fear, do it properly
Google took the search engine market by storm because they did one thing and one thing better than anyone else. If you have a great idea, even if its already been tried (with little or lots of success), give it a go if you believe you can succeed. Its passion, not fear, that builds great products. Thinking otherwise won’t work for you – ever.
If you have a great idea, go for it. Bite the “stray bullet” and be passionate about what you believe in. And stay away from this new Paul Graham that pitches the idea of being afraid.