Genius founder shares startup advice, YC stories, and his new company, Everipedia
Most important lessons you learned from Y-Combinator?
Nobody can really give you valuable advice for your startup because outsiders are too detached. Paul Graham insisted that we change the name of Rap Genius to “Definator” LOL.
Tell us something cool people don't know about:
Sam Altman (http://www.everipedia.com/samaltman/)
Takes care of his man. When we were having the drama with Google, Sam was at the Tesla dealership, buying his boyfriend a whip.
Paul Graham (http://www.everipedia.com/paulgraham/)
Drives a cherry red Boxter. LOL — it’s like, uhh, Paul, you couldn’t just spring for the 911??!
Ben Horowitz (http://www.everipedia.com/bhorowitz0/)
His Dad is David Horowitz, a famous Conservative intellectual who says that Islam is inherently evil and shit like that. (Cool guy tho!)
Marc Andreessen (http://www.everipedia.com/pmarca/)
Claims he can read a 300-page book in an hour. Uhh, MARC: I think maybe you’re not gleaning the deeper meaning reading it that fast? But who knows…
Mark Zuckerberg (http://www.everipedia.com/zuck/)
I expected him to be a lot taller!
Most important advice for startups to get 1k active users?
USE IT YOURSELF! Founders who don’t addictively use their own product, but instead, read Hacker News and shit like that, disgust me. They deserve to fail.
Should founders be unafraid to express themselves?
These days startups are a bunch of sheep. I, too, blame VCs. I think that my weirdo persona helps me with building communities — it makes kids like me — but it makes adults loathe me.
Founding a startup in LA vs. Silicon Valley or New York?
The rent is much cheaper in LA. I know enough ill hackers at UCLA alone that I don’t think Everipedia will have to dig to deeply to hire very talented peeps. Obviously, I think LA is the best.
Favorite places in LA to eat or hang out?
I live at Diddy Riese dogg (http://www.everipedia.com/diddyriesecookies/)! I’m there every night. Cookies and ice cream: yum. My favorite restaurant is Nobu Malibu.
Tell us about your shift from Genius to Everipedia.
My Everipedia cofounders are younger & better-looking, so I definitely upgraded. I feel like one of those middle aged dudes who gets divorced & goes and finds himself the younger, hotter wife
How do you see Everipedia having a world-changing impact?
Excuse me if I get emotional… but… Everipedia fulfills the mission of the internet! It shall be a repository for ALL human knowledge about EVERYTHING.
Favorite Everipedia page so far?
Strangely, one of the most-viewed pages is 2Pac! He is the realest, so it makes me very happy. I feel like we have Pac’s blessing from up in Heaven: http://www.everipedia.com/tupacshakur/
Favorite startups besides your own?
I recently got really into Polymail (http://www.everipedia.com/polymailapp/)! Has made my email a far more valuable tool for spreading the Everipedia Gospel. I am so thankful. #based
People in the startup world you admire most?
ZUCK! Zuck is the inspiration for Everipedia. Facebook is the most life-changing technology in my opinion. I love Zuck!! I would def suck his dick if he asked me to.
Favorite hip-hop artists (besides Gucci Mane, of course)?
Well, let’s see here. I’m a big fan of Gucci Mane, Gucci Mane, & also, Gucci Mane of course! (I also like Drake a lot.) Future is pretty good but he needs to get off the drugs. I love The Weeknd.