When this essay came out, I was working as a computer programmer, and since I had also spent a few years as a full-time oil painter, everybody who read the article and knew me sent along the hyperlink.
I didn't particularly enjoy the essay â€” I thought the overall tone was glib, and I found the parallel to painting unconvincing â€” but it didn't seem like anything worth getting worked up about.
It’s fine if you feel this way, but I would not make this your primary reason for doing this idea.
It’s better that you chose this idea because you know a lot about the domain and see a real, unmet need either via personal experience or because you know certain businesses are willing and able to spend money to solve this problem. Ideally you have spent time studying this area, either academically, or through work experience / personal projects.
Just another programmer writing about what made him tick.
Thus, inequality, he says, does not necessarily mean anyone is made poorer.
It has invested in over 940 companies, including Reddit, Dropbox, and Airbnb.
The controversy began when Graham, who is popular essayist in his spare time, published a long defence of economic inequality on his website.
In his essays he tends to flit from metaphor to metaphor like a butterfly, never pausing long enough to for a suspicious reader to catch up with his chloroform jar.
The closest he comes to a clear thesis statement is at the beginning "Hackers and Painters": To which I'd add, what hackers and painters don't have in common is everything else.