I’ve written quite a few “episodes” of Startup Lessons by now, mostly focusing on history, i.e. ancient philosophers and generals. Not today. This is fiction. But not just any old fiction. Ayn Rand, for those unfamiliar, was something of an amateur philosopher, culminating in what we know call Objectivism. It’s a real thing. Most of this philosophical framework was in fact framed through her two famous novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Mind you, these are pretty ancient being written before and during World War II. So what’s the relevance to today, and startups?