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Paul Graham

Clarifies comment on accents

Aug 2013

Graham clarifies a comment he made in Inc. magazine about how Y Combinator chooses candidates, and that a founder with a strong foreign accent can be a bad sign:

The case I was talking about is when founders have accents so strong that people can’t understand what they’re saying. I.e. the problem is not the cultural signal accents send, but the practical difficulty of getting a startup off the ground when people can’t understand you.