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.


Welcome, ACLU

We are delighted to be funding the ACLU as a non-profit in our Winter 2017 batch. The ACLU will have full access to the Y Combinator network and community, and they will present at Demo Day in March. We are hopeful that the YC community will join us in supporting this important work. In particular, if you’re an engineer and want to spend some time helping them out, let us know.

Navigating Mid-Success

When you start a startup, you get pushed off the side of a cliff with a bag of aerospace parts. You hope they are the parts for a spaceship but a reasonable amount of the time, it turns out you have the parts for an airplane. An airplane is still a cool and valuable thing to build, but if you try to fly an airplane to the moon you are going to be in a world of hurt.

Notes for the New Year

I made some notes before my brother Jack interviewed me for How to Build the Future, where I mostly talked about how ambitious young people should think about their careers. I thought I’d clean those up to share for the New Year. Here they are.

Before You Grow

Startups are defined by growth, but growth isn’t step one in building a great company. If you focus on trying to grow before you make a product people love, you are unlikely to succeed.

Hard Tech Startups

Some people think YC only funds straightforward software startups. That’s definitely not the case.

Requests for Startups Refreshed

We’ve refreshed the Requests for Startups. Here are the additions: Food and FarmingAn estimated 40% of the world’s workforce works in agriculture. Better food and farming could increase…

YC and Founders Pledge

Many of our founders ask us about how they can donate part of their equity or post exit proceeds, and now we have an answer: Founders Pledge.   With…

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