I've always admired Y Combinator, both the organizers and all of the cohort. There is something quite magical about the fact that anyone with an awesome idea can get the support, funding, and guidance that they need to best ensure their success. Lots of really interesting and really impactful businesses have emerged out of YC that have disrupted the way everyone thought a particular sort of business had to operate. YC businesses often make incredible strides, making services and goods more powerful, intuitive, and accessible than any existing contenders in a given space. And this is their bread and butter, they've got it down to a science at this point.
Put yourself in their shoes; how could you excite folks who have seen it all, had it all, and driven every car, except of course with something brand new? Certainly, this can come in the form of an idea that reshapes or streamlines an existing business model, but even more exciting is when something shows up that revolutionizes what you can do with technology. These guys are already up to their ears in gabagool; they're fat cats, you might say, and they want to be enamored, in awe with a sort of idea that brings a new majesty to the Valley. They lead an awfully interesting life, for sure. And they know they must encourage people to pursue their wildest fantasies and dreams if they are bound to see something new emerge from the crowd. This is why you hear a lot of wisdom about following your own intuition first; this is really important advice, because every once in a while, it lands on a certain type of person that has that spark. A distinctive idea isn't always enough, YC means to foster a distinctive sort of person.
As I understand it, the Valley is very slushy right now; if you've got a great idea, you can almost certainly land some dosh. Everyone wants to get in on a great idea, because innovative startups are the backbone of the US economy today. In the information age, real, tangible innovation is what creates steam, which is why the US is so influential on a world scale. Venture capital firms also have portfolios that benefit from the cross-pollination of different businesses, meaning that there's a strong incentive for them to invest in businesses that benefit from and benefit other businesses they are affiliated with.
At the moment, there's nothing that I am interested in pursuing capital for on a large scale. I suppose I can relate to them, in the sense that I like impactful ideas, nice trips, meals, and drinks more than playing ticker tag; because the money is just that, it's a designation, whereas the experiences you get out of it ensue from however your idea is changing the world and the company culture built by employees. Startups let people do something meaningful, with a direct impact on the outcome of the business each day.
When the right inspiration comes to me I'll know, because it will be effortless for me to want to work on it and champion the idea among investors. It should come as effortlessly as my writing does, which is by far the thing I'm most proud of and I most enjoy. And I don't force myself to write long-form stories or essays; I try to write sections that feel natural, and they often turn out having just the right amount of detail to pull people into a special sort of imagination.
When the stroke of inspiration comes to me for a business, much like the goings-on of cako.io, which I hold so dearly and with such esteem, I know to work on it in sprints that keep my perception fresh as I feel out the tides and consider what direction to take. Over the past few months, this has never been a concern with cako.io; inspiration came to me so readily each week. I woke up to bright mornings so excited to be writing, truly ecstatic for what ideas I wanted to share with the world, always teasingly apprehensive for what others would see in my words, or how they might transfigure my thoughts into something majestic of their own. Some people really are so beautiful, beyond anything I could have imagined.
We rise to the occasion and do what is required of us. Often, being a delinquent gets you further than any other course of action, when directed attentively. For some reason, this fact is closely guarded in most circles; if only more people understood the effortlessness found through intuition and presence of mind. You will need to spend a decent amount of time nurturing your intuition, though, to get it to the point that it is a reliable guide. People with so acutely developed intuitive sense are viewed by others as sagely, natural leaders, with an innate fierceness. Others may merely look them in the eyes and their affect is altered, sometimes as though their entire train of thought is realigned. Something about the sage's eye draws them into clarity and right action.
Some will even see in the sage a fountain of wealth and prosperity, but this proclivity, in its truest form, comes as a side effect of the sage's natural inclination for wisdom and truth. Sure, the sage is predisposed for success in many matters, but no differently than the skilled angler lands an ample catch with patience and resolve. If you asked them, they would confess it's plainly clear that good things come through right action, but by this point, the sage seemingly rides center on the wheel of fortune; to many, apparently beyond the horizon of an insurmountable fog.
The sage would humbly advise to face forward and keep walking, but he is empathetic to the uncertainty that must be overcome as one moves through life. Things are often only approximately clear looking forward, and only sometimes better understood in hindsight. Intuition is marked by a graceful comfort with uncertainty; the esteemed sage will often even relish in it.