Sam Altman

Sam Altman is the President of YC Group. He was cofounder and CEO of Loopt, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2005 and acquired by Green Dot in 2012. At Green Dot, he was the CTO and is now on the Board of Directors. Sam also founded Hydrazine Capital. He studied computer science at Stanford, and while there worked in the AI lab.


Basic Income

We’re going to try something new—our first Request For Research. We’d like to fund a study on basic income—i.e., giving people enough money to live on with no…

Getting Into Y Combinator

A new trend in Y Combinator applications is that an increasing number of applicants have already been through some sort of accelerator or “pre-accelerator” program.  As we’ve dug…

YC Updates and Additions

Y Combinator now has 5 major groups—YC Fellowship, YC Core, YC Continuity, YC Research, and Hacker News—and we’re putting one person in charge of each group. Paul Buchheit…

Startup Playbook

We thought it might help us scale Y Combinator if we could distill the most generalizable parts of this advice into a sort of playbook we could give…

YC Continuity

YC will fund its 1,000th company this year, and many of these companies are now scaling their organizations, revenue, and operations.  Though years removed from our program, these founders…

Welcome Jared!

I’m delighted to share that Jared Friedman is joining YC as a full-time partner.  Jared co-founded Scribd, the world’s online library, which was funded by Y Combinator in 2006.  He…

YC Research

Updated on 2/13/17 Our mission at YC is to enable as much innovation as we can.  Mostly this means funding startups.  But startups aren’t ideal for some kinds…

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