Sam Altman

Sam Altman is the CEO of OpenAI and an advisor to Y Combinator, where he was president from 2014-2019. He studied computer science at Stanford, and while there, worked in the AI lab.


Geoff Ralston for President

I’m delighted to announce that Geoff Ralston is taking over for me as President of YC.

YC 120

We’d like to find more curious, creative people who are doing exciting work in emerging fields and give them an opportunity to start building their network. We’ll bring 120 of those people together for a weekend conference in Colorado from Friday, April 26 to Sunday, April 28.

Frontier Carbon Removal Technologies

We’re excited to announce our new and expanded request for startups and nonprofits focusing on frontier technologies to remove carbon from the atmosphere.

YC China + Qi Lu

I am delighted to announce that Qi Lu is joining YC to launch and run YC China. We are excited for Qi to come onboard as the Founding CEO of YC China and to build a long-term local organization that will combine the best of Silicon Valley and China and create a lot of innovation.

US Visas

We will hold a day of interviews in Vancouver for founders we’d like to interview but can’t get US visas. We will also experiment with allowing companies that we’d like to fund but are unable to get visas for the duration of our three-month program to participate remotely.

YC’s Online Class (Sign up at StartupSchool.org)

We’re excited to announce our new online Startup School, with classes beginning on April 5. Anyone can sign up at StartupSchool.org for the 10-week massively open online course (MOOC), starting today. We want to teach everyone how to start a startup and help them along the way with guidance from people who’ve started companies.

Dilution

There has probably been more capital looking to invest in private technology companies in the past five years than any five-year period before. A non-obvious consequence is that although people raise more money at higher valuations, they still end up selling much more of the company.

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