TJ Rodgers isn’t as famous as Steve Jobs, but he may be the best writer among Silicon Valley CEOs. I’ve probably learned more from him about the startup way of thinking than from anyone else. Not so much from specific things he’s written as by reconstructing the mind that produced them: brutally candid; aggressively garbage-collecting outdated ideas; and yet driven by pragmatism rather than ideology.
The first essay of his that I read was so electrifying that I remember exactly where I was at the time. It was High Technology Innovation: Free Markets or Government Subsidies? and I was downstairs in the Harvard Square T Station. It felt as if someone had flipped on a light switch inside my head.
Take a look — both at Graham’s and Rodgers’ pieces.