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Do Things that Don't Scale

July 2013One of the most common types of advice we give at Y Combinator is to do things that don't scale. A lot of would-be founders believe that startups either take off or don't. You build…
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4246 words)

What Is the Business of Literature?

Editor's note: The following piece by Richard Nash will appear in our Spring 2013 issue, as the lead in a portfolio focused on the business of literature.As technology disrupts the business model of…
LENGTH: 32 minutes (8127 words)
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The Top 10 Longreads of 2012

9. The Semplica-Girl Diaries George Saunders | The New Yorker | October 8, 2012 | 35 minutes (8,979 words) A father uses his lottery winnings for an extravagant birthday party for his teenage…
LENGTH: 1 minutes (283 words)

The Amazon Effect | The Nation

1. Wasserman The Amazon Effect Amazon got big fast, hastening the arrival of digital publishing. But how big is too big? Steve Wasserman, former editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review, served as…
LENGTH: 24 minutes (6219 words)