Paul Graham

Updated: 12/01/2019 by Computer Hope
Paul Graham

Name: Paul Graham

Born: November 13, 1964, in Weymouth, Dorset, England

Computer-related contributions

  • British programmer, venture capitalist, and essayist.
  • Known for his work on LISP family of computer programming languages.
  • Creator of the ARC programming language, a LISP variant.
  • Co-founder of Viaweb, the first ASP (application service provider) (presently Yahoo! Store).
  • Co-founder of the Y Combinator seed capital firm.

Significant publications

  • Hackers & Painters (2004).
  • ANSI Common LISP (1995).
  • On LISP (1993).

Honors and awards

  • Business Week 25 Most Influential People on the Web (2008).


"I get a lot of criticism for telling founders to focus first on making something great, instead of worrying about how to make money. And yet that is exactly what Google did. And Apple, for that matter. You'd think examples like that would be enough to convince people."