Why you shouldn't copy your tech idols

by Dalton Caldwell9/13/2023

Dalton Caldwell and Michael Seibel in front of the text "Tech Idols"

Is trying to live your life exactly like Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, or Mark Zuckerberg a good strategy? How seriously should you take advice from famously successful people?

It’s hard not to give advice when you’re successful, but context matters. Is the person giving advice thinking about all the steps they followed in the early parts of their career, or just what’s possible for them today because of those steps?

For this episode of Dalton + Michael, Michael and I dig into why some advice givers might be tempted to say “Do as I say, not as I did” and how we try to avoid doing that within YC.  


  • Dalton Caldwell

    Dalton is Managing Director, Architect and Group Partner at YC. He was the cofounder and CEO of imeem (acquired by MySpace in 2009), and the cofounder and CEO of App.net.