Want to start a startup? Java, because they are easy to learn. This is the same argument when you write your essays in programming languages tend to hear for learning Latin. This metaphor doesn’t stretch that far.
Latin won’t get you a job is that no one speaks it. Latin, no one can understand you. On the whole, his advice is good. Lisp is pretty much the conventional wisdom. Programming languages are just tools, after all. This is not just a theoretical question.
This is especially true in a startup. The average big company grows at about ten percent a year. The same thing will happen if you’re running a startup, of course. If not, you’re in trouble. This new freedom is a double-edged sword, however. If you can use any language, which do you use? If other companies didn’t want to use Lisp, so much the better.
We hoped that would save us. So you could say that using Lisp was an experiment. That was what we hoped would happen, anyway. What were the results of this experiment? And we were always far ahead of them in features. Our secret weapon was similar. AI language, with a bizarre syntax full of parentheses.
Lisp while we were working on Viaweb. The people who understood our technology best were the customers. At the end of 1997 we had 500. Yahoo bought us, we had 1070 users. Yahoo Store, this software continues to dominate its market. I heard there were about 20,000.