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Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston

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CHAPTER 15Paul GrahamCofounder, Viaweb

image Paul Graham and his friend Robert Morris started Viaweb in 1995 to make software for building online stores. A few days into writing the first prototype, they had a crazy idea: why not have the software run on the server and let the user control it through their browser?

Within weeks, they had a web-based online store builder they could demo to investors. They launched at the beginning of 1996.

Viaweb was one of the first companies to deliver on the Web's promise of creating a level playing field. Using Viaweb's software, small businesses could make online stores as good as those built by big catalog companies. ...

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