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New Y Combinator President Geoff Ralston explains why he's so excited about investing in the youngest startups, and his philosophy for helping them to grow (UBER)

Silicon Valley startup incubator Y Combinator announced Monday that Geoff Ralston would be named president, replacing former president and chairman Sam Altman. Ralston has been at Y Combinator since 2011 and has known cofounder Paul Graham for 20 years. He most recently led Startup School, Y Combinator's free online class for potential founders. Ralston says that part of the draw to early-stage investing is "seeing Uber before it's Uber," and watching founder teams build an idea into a mutli-b...
Tags: Y Combinator, Yahoo, Trends, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Graham, Sam, Paul Graham, Steph Curry, Al Gore, Steve Kerr, Yahoo Mail, Altman, Airbnb Dropbox, Ralston, Geoff Ralston


Sam Altman’s leap of faith

Earlier this year, founder-investor Sam Altman left his high-profile role as the president of Y Combinator to become the CEO of OpenAI, an AI research center at its outset that founded by some of the most prominent people in the tech industry in late 2015. The idea: to ensure that artificially intelligence is “developed in a way that is safe and is beneficial to humanity,” as one of those founders, Elon Musk, said back then to the New York Times. The move is intriguing for many reasons, inclu...
Tags: Google, TC, Facebook, Y Combinator, Elon Musk, New York, Microsoft, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Venture Capital, Reid Hoffman, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Yc, Openai, Altman


Hydrox (Never Oreos), 25 Appetizers & A Schvitz: 5 Jewish Women Remember Summer In The Catskills

Why is May 2019 different from all other months? It’s Jewish American Heritage Month for one, a period that feels especially important to mark given the rising insecurity coursing through Jewish American life. Because visibility is more important than ever before, Refinery29 brings you our celebration of Jewish American culture. L’chaim!On the morning of my bat mitzvah, I got my period for the first time. I conveyed the news with pride to the laughter of my parents on our drive to temple, and t...
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Lattice raises another $15M to improve performance reviews

Sam Altman’s little brother Jack is an entrepreneur, too. Jack Altman, whose resume includes a stint as vice president of business development at Teespring, has raised $15 million in Series B funding for his startup, Lattice, a modern approach to corporate goal setting. Shasta Ventures led the round, with participation from Thrive Capital, Khosla Ventures and Y Combinator, the latter being the organization his brother led as president until very recently. Lattice, used by high-growth ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Gmail, San Francisco, Entrepreneur, Tech, President, Venture Capital, Reddit, Sam Altman, Teespring, Jack, Thrive Capital, Coinbase, Khosla Ventures


Open Mike: The Must-See Movies of Paul Thomas Anderson

["Open Mike" is the often off-topic, anything-goes editorial page of TOP. It appears on Wednesdays.] And now for something completely different. I'm wary of movies—there's too much drek and dross out there, too much dirt to move to find the occasional gem. To get around this, I tend to follow threads of some sort—a director I like, an actor, even a writer (who are risky to follow because they usually don't have enough control over the final movie. That's the result of how they're treated, not th...
Tags: Photography, New York, Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Wahlberg, Nebraska, Paul Thomas Anderson, Las Vegas, Cher, Burt Reynolds, Samuel L Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Adam Sandler, Anderson, Charlie Kaufman, Anomalisa


Validation of Two Automatic Blood Pressure Monitors With the Ability to Transfer Data via Bluetooth

Background: Patients with chronic diseases are in need of regular health controls. Diabetes mellitus type 2 is currently the most prevalent chronic metabolic disease. A majority of diabetic patients have at least one comorbid chronic disease, where hypertension is the most common. The standard for blood pressure (BP) measurement is manual BP monitoring at health care clinics. Nevertheless, several advantages of self-measured BP have been documented. With BP data transfer from an automatic BP mon...
Tags: Health, Bp, Stockholm Sweden, Altman, DBP, Spearman, Andersson Lifesense BDR


Cavs no longer chasing NBA title, pursuing coach for future

No longer NBA title contenders, Cleveland is in the initial stages of an expansive, open-minded search general manager Koby Altman hopes will lead to finding the right coach for his young team, which is coming off a 63-loss season. "We have to preach patience and we have to continue to grow this thing and we have to find a leader that's obsessed with that process of growing," Altman said Friday while outlining the type of candidates he'll interview. At this time a year ago, the Cavs we...
Tags: News, Nba, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland, Cavs, Altman, Koby Altman


To fund Y Combinator’s top startups, VCs scoop them before Demo Day

Hundreds gathered this week at San Francisco’s Pier 48 to see the more than 200 companies in Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 cohort present their two-minute pitches. The audience of venture capitalists, who collectively manage hundreds of billions of dollars, noted their favorites. The very best investors, however, had already had their pick of the litter. What many don’t realize about the Demo Day tradition is that pitching isn’t a requirement; in fact, some YC graduates skip out on their stage oppo...
Tags: Google, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Zenefits, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Latin America, Khosla, Khosla Ventures, Catch, Accel, Peter Rojas, Yc, Bay Area


Startups Weekly: Uber’s headline-grabbing week and sextech at SXSW

I spent the week at SXSW, Austin’s really, really huge technology, music, comedy and film festival. It’s my first year making the trek down here for the event, which I did to interview sextech entrepreneur Lora DiCarlo founder Lora Haddock, whose robotics innovation reward was infamously revoked at this year’s CES. “I brush my teeth and I masturbate. It’s all normal,” she said, addressing the stigma surrounding female-focused pleasure tech. Haddock, during our chat, also announced the first-ever...
Tags: Startups, Uber, Y Combinator, Money, Finance, India, Funding, US, Tech, Austin, United States, Venture Capital, Aws, Sam Altman, Airbnb, Tiger Global


Facebook's head of product is out and Tesla is rebuilding its finance team: Here are the top power moves of the week

Keeping an eye on major hires and promotions is one of the best ways to understand a company's strategy.  The Org tracks executive changes at companies big and small.  Here's a snapshot of the most important executive moves of the week across media, tech and finance.  Every week we bring you an overview of the most important executive changes from the past week. Yesterday, Facebook announced another leadership reshuffle as the company’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox, is stepping down. R...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Trends, Tesla, Walmart, Walgreens, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Coupang, General Counsel, Zuckerberg, Jorgensen, Chris Cox, Altman


Here are the top power moves of the week: Facebook, Tesla and Y Combinator

Keeping an eye on major hires and promotions is one of the best ways to understand a company's strategy.  The Org tracks executive changes at companies big and small.  Here's a snapshot of the most important executive moves of the week across media, tech and finance.  Every week we bring you an overview of the most important executive changes from the past week. Yesterday, Facebook announced another leadership reshuffle as the company’s Chief Product Officer, Chris Cox, is stepping down. R...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Trends, Tesla, Walmart, Walgreens, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Coupang, General Counsel, Zuckerberg, El Chapo, Jorgensen, Chris Cox, Altman


OpenAI shifts from nonprofit to ‘capped-profit’ to attract capital

OpenAI may not be quite so open going forward. The former nonprofit announced today that it is restructuring as a “capped-profit” company that cuts returns from investments past a certain point. But some worry that this move — or rather the way they made it — may result in making the innovative company no different from the other AI startups out there. From now on, profits from any investment in the OpenAI LP (limited partnership, not limited profit) will be passed on to an overarching nonpro...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Elon Musk, Tech, Reid Hoffman, Reddit, Sam Altman, Sam, Agi, Cto, Clark, Altman, Ilya Sutskever, Tasha McCauley, Greg Brockman, Jack Clark


The non-profit org founded by Elon Musk and Sam Altman to save the world from artificial intelligence has decided to pursue profits

OpenAI was supposed to be the antidote to the terrors of artificial intelligence by eschewing profits. But the organization says it will now try to make a buck after all, limiting who will get the money. OpenAI was founded with $1 billion endowment from Elon Musk (who has since left the board), Sam Altman (who is now CEO) and other big names in tech like Reid Hoffman, Peter Thiel, Amazon Web Services. OpenAI is an organization that creates artificial intelligence technology and has decided th...
Tags: Y Combinator, Elon Musk, Trends, Tesla, Mit, Reid Hoffman, Aws, Sam Altman, Oprah, Cto, Jessica Livingston, Musk, Altman, Greg Brockman, Andrej Karpathy, YC Research


Altman steps down as president of Y Combinator

Y Combinator announced last week that Sam Altman will step down as president and transition to a new role as chairman. Y Combinator said his duties as president will shift to other partners. In his new role, Altman will spend more time focusing on the nonprofit OpenAI and other pursuits. In addition, the incubator said that it’s looking for space to move its headquarters and demo days to San Francisco from Mountain View, California. Source: Y Combinator blog post
Tags: Y Combinator, San Francisco, Trends, People, Sam Altman, Mountain View California, Altman


Did Sam Altman make YC better or worse?

Y Combinator revealed yesterday that its president, Sam Altman, is stepping down from his role to become the accelerator program’s chairman. This change, said YC, will allow Altman to “spend more time focusing on OpenAI,” the San Francisco-based nonprofit that was cofounded by Altman and Elon Musk three years ago to get ahead of the risks posed by artificial intelligence, The timing may not be so coincidental. Two weeks ago, Musk separated from OpenAI, whose operations Musk and Altman have funde...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Elon Musk, San Francisco, Tech, Beijing, Venture Capital, Peter Thiel, Sam Altman, Brian Chesky, Cto, Jessica Livingston, Musk, Yc, Paul Graham, Openai


Startups Weekly: What’s up with YC? Plus, mobility layoffs and Airbnb’s grand plans

Where to begin… Netflix darling Marie Kondo is hitting up Sand Hill Road in search of $40 million to fund an ecommerce platform, Y Combinator is giving $150,000 to a startup building a $380,000 flying motorcycle (because why not) and Jibo, the social robot, is calling it quits, speaking to owners directly of its imminent shutdown. It was a hectic week in unicorn land so, I’m just going to get right to the good stuff. Changes at Y Combinator Where to begin! Not only did the prolific accele...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Lyft, Y Combinator, Japan, Texas, Money, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Softbank, Funding, San Francisco, Chief executive officer, Ceo, Economy, Austin


Y Combinator president Sam Altman is stepping down amid a series of changes at the accelerator

Sam Altman, the well-known president of the prolific Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator, is stepping down, the firm shared in a blog post on Friday. Altman is transitioning into a chairman role with other YC partners stepping up to take on his day-to-day responsibilities, as first reported by Axios. Sources tell TechCrunch YC has no succession plans. YC’s core program is currently led by chief executive officer Michael Seibel, who joined the firm as a part-time partner in 2013 and ass...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, Accelerator, Articles, San Francisco, Chief executive officer, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, President, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Mountain View, Graham, Chairman, Advisor


Sam Altman, one of the world's most influential tech investors, has stepped down as president of Y Combinator

Sam Altman will step down as president of the prominent startup incubator Y Combinator (YC), the company said in a blog post on Friday.  Altman will remain in a chairman role at YC, but his day-to-day duties will be relinquished to other other partners.  Altman had been president of YC since 2014, replacing founder Paul Graham. Y Combinator has helped shepherd companies like Airbnb, Stripe, Twitch, and Dropbox to success, among many others.  Sam Altman will step down as president of the stori...
Tags: Elon Musk, China, Trends, Tesla, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Yc, Samsung Galaxy, Altman, Michael Seibel, Peter Thiel Musk, Paul Graham Y Combinator, Airbnb Stripe Twitch, Paul Graham YC, Airbnb Dropbox Twitch


Sam Altman steps down as president of startup program Y Combinator

Sam Altman is stepping down from his post as president of Y Combinator, the startup accelerator said on Friday, a pivotal change for the organization that was influential in the creation of startups such as Airbnb, Dropbox Inc and Cruise. As YC's second-ever president, Altman spent five years expanding the program's reach and scale. YC offers a startup program to which aspiring entrepreneurs can apply to receive mentorship and a $150,000 investment, and participate in a three-month bootcamp to...
Tags: Science, Sam Altman, Altman, Airbnb Dropbox Inc


Evan Spiegel on the Call for Regulation

The Snap chief said that he was “impressed” by Europe’s moves, and that there was still time to “course-correct” in the United States.
Tags: Europe, News, Artificial Intelligence, Evan Spiegel, Evan, SPIEGEL, Altman, Computers and the Internet, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Silicon Valley (Calif, Samuel H


Jeff Bezos thinks there's not enough humans in the world for all the potential jobs, according to tech investor Sam Altman

Y Combinator President Sam Altman said Jeff Bezos once told him that there aren't enough humans to fill all the jobs in the world. Altman said this in the context of a conversation about advances in AI making certain jobs redundant. Altman is co-chair of the non-profit AI company OpenAI, which is famous for making a text generator it deemed too dangerous to release, and for making bots that can beat humans at "Dota 2." Y Combinator President Sam Altman has revealed that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos ...
Tags: Amazon, Elon Musk, Trends, Bill Gates, Sam Altman, Jeff Bezos, Bezos, Altman, Dota, Kara Swisher, New York Times New Work Summit


Startups Weekly: Even Gwyneth Paltrow had a hard time raising VC

I spent the week in Malibu attending Upfront Ventures’ annual Upfront Summit, which brings together the likes of Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Washington, DC’s elite for a two-day networking session of sorts. Cameron Diaz was there for some reason, and Natalie Portman made an appearance. Stacey Abrams had a powerful Q&A session with Lisa Borders, the president and CEO of Time’s Up. Of course, Gwyneth Paltrow was there to talk up Goop, her venture-funded commerce and content engine. “I had ...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, Pinterest, Entertainment, La, Softbank, Funding, Africa, Time, Tech, Washington Dc, Munchery, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Cameron Diaz, Venture Capital, Brazil


Sam Altman’s Science Camp

You’d think that through Y Combinator‘s many initiatives — in person and online — the popular accelerator program would have its bases covered when it comes to creating and growing a talent network. Yet the organization’s president, Sam Altman, doesn’t see it that way. He’d far prefer that YC get to know the world’s brainiacs earlier in their lives, before they’re thinking about the kind of startup they might like to someday launch. Enter Altman’s newest idea, a kind of annual weekend getaway fo...
Tags: TC, Tech, Venture Capital, Sam Altman, Boulder, Talent, Boulder Colorado, Altman, Science Camp


Colony’s Sedrick Altman voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week

Southern California Girls Athlete of the Week –– Sedrick Altman, Colony Sport: Basketball School: Colony Year: Senior Noteworthy: Altman has helped lead the Titans to first place in the Palomares League and a No. 1 ranking in CIF-SS Division 2A. Last week, Altman averaged 25 points, four assists and six rebounds in wins over Claremont and Glendora and a loss to Lakewood Mayfair. The 6-foot-3 guard also added four blocked shots and two steals against Mayfair. For the season, he is averaging 28.2 ...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mayfair, High School Sports, Colony, Claremont, Altman, GLENDORA, High School Basketball, Athlete of the Week, Lakewood Mayfair, Palomares League, Southern California Girls Athlete of the Week, Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week, Sedrick Altman


VOTE: Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week

Each week, publications from the The Southern California News Group’s 11 properties (including the Orange County Register, L.A. Daily News, Press-Enterprise, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Long Beach Press-Telegram, The Daily Breeze, San Bernardino Sun, Daily Bulletin, Redlands Daily Facts, Whittier Daily News and Pasadena-Star News) nominate Athletes of the Week for their respective region. Each nominee is entered into the overall Southern California Athlete of the Week county-wide vote. Click on ...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Williams, Mayfair, Johnson, North Carolina, Oregon State, Notre Dame, High School Sports, Ucla, Damien, Loyola, Claremont, Altman, Jurupa Valley


UCLA stages historic comeback, stuns Oregon in overtime

Oregon’s Francis Okoro, left, and Paul White battle UCLA’s Kris Wilkes (13) for a rebound with Oregon’s Victor Bailey, right, looking on during the first half of Thursday’s Pac-12 game in Eugene, Ore. (AP photo/Chris Pietsch) UCLA’s Kris Wilkes, left, shoots over Oregon’s Payton Pritchard, center, and Paul White, right, during the the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan 10, 2019, in Eugene, Ore. (AP photo/Chris Pietsch) Sound The gallery will resume in secon...
Tags: Oregon, Sports, Sport, Ap, Soccer, College sports, Ncaa, Syracuse, Smith, Oregon State, Ducks, Ali, Usc, Ucla, Chris Smith, Bruins


Jonathan Daniels’ buzzer-beater sends Alemany basketball to tournament final

Jonathan Daniels (C), right, of Alemany celebrates with teammates after hitting the game winning shot to defeat Colony 89-88 in quadruple overtime during a semifinal prep basketball game during the Classic at Damien basketball tournament at Damien High School on Friday, December 28, 2018 in La Verne, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/Digital First Media/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images) Jonathan Daniels (C) #13 of Alemany drives to the basket against Colony in overtime of a semifinal...
Tags: California, Sports, Sport, Getty Images, Soccer, Getty, Whitney, Valencia, High School Sports, Colony, Damien, Daniels, San Fernando Valley, Titans, Altman, Alemany


The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2 Episode 7 Recap

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 2 Episode 7 Recap In the previous episode of Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, summer ended, and everyone’s time in the Catskills was over. In The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 2 episode 7, Benjamin introduced Midge to the art scene, and the Weissmans and Maisels observed Yom Kippur. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}...
Tags: Amazon, TV, Movies, Recap, Catskills, TV Recap, Joel, Benjamin, Abe, Tess, Archie, Maisel, Altman, Susie, Declan, Midge


Understanding the confusing world of CBD and THC ratios

There's a flurry of new numbers on marijuana product labels, and the ratios can feel like a confusing math problem. But there's a method to the madness — one based more on anecdotes than broadly recognized scientific research. A variety of vape oils, tinctures, salves, and edibles with numbers like 18:1, 4:1, and 1:1 — noting the amount of CBD to THC — have been showing up at dispensaries in recent years in both medical and recreational states. THC will make you high, while its sister ...
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Turning Back Time on ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’

The meticulous attention to detail in recreating New York in the 1950s for the Amazon show transcends the usual nostalgic kitsch. Our photographer spent three days behind the scenes.
Tags: Amazon, New York, Television, News, Co, Altman, B, Manhattan (NYC, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (TV Program, Diners (Eating Places, Nineteen Hundred Fifties, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center