One has to appreciate how Paul Graham built Y Combinator into the world’s flagship accelerator and handed it off to others to continue its impressive run at the top of the heap. In fact, I have yet to meet a founder who regrets joining the program. But after stepping away from the YC scene for five years and then returning to observe the last two demo days, I now wonder if some of the views Paul shared in his original, widely read Essays are being taken to absurd extremes. The evolution of his take on startup growth serves as an excellent example.

Keep reading over at TechCrunch to learn more.

Highlights include:

– Why early revenue growth should not be considered a guarantee of future success

– How charting early metrics can help determine their credibility

– What metrics founders and investors should lock down before pushing on growth