Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation Newsletter (May 16)

Kort nuusbrief, Mei 2016 (scroll down for English)

Raad om slim groei te skep 

Paul Graham van Y Combinator het raad gegee vir stadsleiers wat Pittsburgh ’n leier in innovasie wil maak. Dit is goeie raad ook vir Stellenbosch.

Uittreksels uit sy praatjie:

  • Encourage local restaurants, save old buildings, take advantage of density, make CMU the best, promote tolerance. (CMU = Carnegie Mellon University)
  • A city has to tolerate strangeness to be a home for startups…
  • …do everything you can to encourage a food-driven boom.
  • …don’t destroy the buildings that are bringing people. When cities are on the way back up, like Pittsburgh is now, developers race to tear down old buildings. Don’t let that happen. Focus on historic preservation. Big real estate development projects are not whats bringing the twenty-somethings. They’re the opposite of new restaurants and cafes; they subtract personality from the city.
  • Pittsburgh is fortunate in being a pre-car city. It’s not too spread out. Because those 25 to 29 year olds do not like driving. They prefer walking, or bicycling, or taking public transport. 

Graham, ’n rekenaarwetenskaplike en waagkapitaalentrepreneur, het ’n doktorsgraad in rekenaarswetenskap aan Harvard Universiteit verwerf, en kuns studeer aan die Rhode Island School of Design en Accadenia di Belle Arti in Florence. As ’n stigterslid van Y Combinator is hy ’n sleutelbelegger in meer as 400 jong ondernemings, onder meer Dropbox en Airbnb.

Lees die teks van sy praatjie, How to make Pittsburgh a startup hub.

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Short newsletter, May 2016

How to make a startup hub 

Paul Graham of Y Combinator advised city leaders who want to make Pittsburgh a leader in inno-vation. His advice is also relevant to Stellenbosch.

Sentences we like:

  • Encourage local restaurants, save old buildings, take advantage of density, make CMU the best, promote tolerance. (CMU = Carnegie Mellon University)
  • A city has to tolerate strangeness to be a home for startups…
  • …do everything you can to encourage a food-driven boom.
  • …don’t destroy the buildings that are bringing people. When cities are on the way back up, like Pittsburgh is now, developers race to tear down old buildings. Don’t let that happen. Focus on historic preservation. Big real estate development projects are not whats bringing the twenty-somethings. They’re the opposite of new restaurants and cafes; they subtract personality from the city.
  • Pittsburgh is fortunate in being a pre-car city. It’s not too spread out. Because those 25 to 29 year olds do not like driving. They prefer walking, or bicycling, or taking public transport.

Graham, a computer scientist and venture capitalist, earned his doctoral degree in computer sci-ence at Harvard University, and also studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence. As a venture capitalist at Y Combinator he is an early investor in more than 400 start-ups, including Dropbox and Airbnb.

Read the full text of his talk, How to make Pittsburgh a startup hu

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