Paul Graham’s 6 Principles for Making New Things

I like reading Paul Graham’s essays. I like reading them so much, that I bought his book and I still read them on-line. I think he’s re-inventing the essay, reviving it in a small way.* I’ve just spent some time catching up on some of his newer pieces. His essay on [“Six Principles for Making New Things”]( has the following terrific nugget within it — it’s the essay in a nutshell:

>Here it is: I like to find (a) simple solutions (b) to overlooked problems (c) that actually need to be solved, and (d) deliver them as informally as possible, (e) starting with a very crude version 1, then (f) iterating rapidly.

*He’s doing it by drawing abstractions out of live lived actively, in the realms of business and technology no less, not in the passively reflexive domain of so many “essayists.” He abstracts from his direct observations and then, having played with ideas at the level of ideas, he tries to bring them back down to see how well they fit the world they left for a short time.