But the epic humiliation of 1998, when her affair with Bill Clinton became an all-consuming story, has followed Monica Lewinsky every day. Hundreds of people in the audience, mostly students, were staring at me, many with their mouths agape, wondering if I would dare to answer this question.
She tried leaving the country, and she tried finding a job.
Google's plan, for example, was simply to create a search site that didn't suck.
They had three new ideas: index more of the Web, use links to rank search results, and have clean, simple web pages with unintrusive keyword-based ads.
March 2005(This essay is derived from a talk at the Harvard Computer Society.)You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible.
Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these.
There is no magically difficult step that requires brilliance to solve.
The Idea In particular, you don't need a brilliant idea to start a startup around.
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