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Paul Graham

Women in tech clarification

Dec 2013

Graham clarifies his remarks about women in tech, saying that the article was stitched together from a conversation and published as an interview:

I didn’t say women can’t be taught to be hackers. I said [Y Combinator] can’t do it in 3 months.
I didn’t say women haven’t been programming for 10 years. I said women who aren’t programmers haven’t been programming for 10 years. I didn’t say people can’t learn to be hackers later in life. I said people cannot at any age learn to be hackers simultaneously with starting a startup whose thesis derives from insights they have as hackers.