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The Power of the Marginal

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“Work like a dog being taken for a walk, instead of an ox being yoked to the plow.” —Paul Graham, in his latest, The Power of the Marginal

I found this essay inspirational. It’s no great leap to consider SourceGear, a small software company out on the prairie, fitting Graham’s definition of marginal.


Written by Ian Olsen

June 28, 2006 at 8:39 am

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  1. It’s a good read. I wonder, over time after many retellings, if startup tales get taller and taller… helping to glamourize the American dream by making “rags to riches” stories even more dramatic. Maybe not.

    Peter Waitzman

    June 29, 2006 at 12:23 pm

  2. Hi Ian,

    I found your blog earlier today and although I’m a website designer, I’m not so much into the software you review which I believe is for developers, what I am interested in is your psychological points of view.

    I think that anyone who recognises Fight Club as being about much more than just fighting and is in fact about something much deeper is worth a link to. So I’ve add a link to your blog on my blogroll. Feel free to take a look at my blog at http://intuitiveblog.wordpress.com. Perhaps it will inspire you and you can link back to me.

    Take care,


    P.S. I’m going to read that “Power Of The Marginal” essay now.


    July 5, 2006 at 5:38 pm

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