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Extra Crunch Live: Join our Q&A tomorrow at noon PDT with Y Combinator’s Geoff Ralston

From Airbnb to Zapier, and Coinbase to Instacart, many of the tech world’s most valuable companies spent their earliest days in Y Combinator’s accelerator program. Steering the ship at Y Combinator today is its president, Geoff Ralston . We’re excited to share that Ralston will be joining us on Extra Crunch Live tomorrow at noon pacific. Extra Crunch Live is our virtual speaker series, with each session packed with insight and guidance from the top investors, leaders and founders. This live...
Tags: Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Events, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Sam Altman, Airbnb, Instacart, Coinbase, Yc, Zapier, Ralston, Geoff Ralston, ECL


'Moonshot' startups to get a boost from new Apollo fund founded by former Y Combinator president Sam Altman and his 2 brothers

  VCs have long invested in software and consumer apps, the low-hanging fruit of the early tech decades that yielded spectacular returns. But three brothers who followed that investing groove themselves are now looking to stray out of it.  The brothers are Max Altman, whose interest in climate change led to their partnership; Sam Altman, former president of Y Combinator; and Jack Altman, CEO and co-founder of Lattice. The Altman brothers noticed that people working in fields like non-carbon en...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Southeast Asia, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Norway, Jack, Sam, Central America, Max, Altman, Lattice, Max Altman, Jack Altman


The AI company Elon Musk cofounded just released a 'groundbreaking' tool that can automatically mimic human writing — here's how stunned developers are experimenting with it so far

Research lab OpenAI released a "natural language generation" tool called GPT-3 that learns from a massive set of data to write impressively human-like text. GPT-3 can account for tone and context to write in conversational or formal English. Developers have been using GPT-3 to write creative fiction, design websites, and write business proposals with very little indication a robot created them. But even the most advanced AI tool raises concerns around biased language and ways the technology co...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Elon Musk, Microsoft, Trends, Sam Altman, Associated Press, Shakespeare, Seattle, Donald Trump, Chris Sacca, Musk, Rose, MIT Technology Review, Jerome K Jerome, Allen Institute


Tesla celebrates its 10th year as a public company today. Here are the most important moments in its history. (TSLA)

On June 29, 2020, Tesla celebrates its 10th year anniversary of going public. In 2010, Tesla offered 13.3 million shares at $17 per share. The company has permanently changed how the public perceives electric cars. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tesla celebrates its 10th anniversary of going public on June 29. It's been a long 10 years, full of ups and downs. But it's fair to say that in 2020, Tesla has succeeded in putting electric cars on the radar for many buyers who o...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, China, Trends, Tesla, United States, New York Times, Shanghai, TSLA, SEC, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Epa, Nevada, Mars, Nikola Tesla


Atmos wants to make building a house a one-click effort

Homebuilding is not for the faint of heart, particularly those who want to build something custom. Selecting the right architect and designer, the myriad of contractors, the complexity of building codes and siting, the regulatory approvals from local authorities. It’s a full-time job — and you don’t even have a roof built over your head. Atmos wants to massively simplify homebuilding, and in the process, democratize customization to more and more homeowners. The startup, which is in the current ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Y Combinator, Real Estate, Funding, Tech, Austin, Sam Altman, Wealthfront, Openai, Atmos, Valley, Raleigh Durham, Altman, DONAHUE, Daniel Gross


Trillions of Words Analyzed, OpenAI Sets Loose AI Language Colossus (slashdot)

Over the past few months, OpenAI has vacuumed an incredible amount of data into its artificial intelligence language systems. It sucked up Wikipedia, a huge swath of the rest of the internet and tons of books. This mass of text -- trillions of words -- was then analyzed and manipulated by a supercomputer to create what the research group bills as a major AI breakthrough and the heart of its first commercial product, which came out on Thursday. From a report: The product name -- OpenAI calls it "...
Tags: News, Wikipedia, Sam Altman, Msmash, Eli Chen CEO of startup Veriph


The artificial intelligence company that Elon Musk helped found is now selling the text-generation software it previously said was too dangerous to launch

OpenAI, the AI company and research lab that Elon Musk helped cofound, is commercializing a sophisticated text-generation tool it previously said was too dangerous to release widely over fears of misuse. The company is launching the tool in a private beta, which will enable it to more easily monitor for misuse of the product. OpenAI says it will revoke access for use cases that cause "physical or mental harm." The organization gained attention when it launched in 2015 for its high-profile back...
Tags: Elon Musk, Trends, Tesla, George Orwell, Peter Thiel, Reddit, Sam Altman, Api, Musk, Altman, Alex Hern, Amazon Web Services Microsoft, Peter Thiel Reid Hoffman


Trillions of Words Analyzed, OpenAI Sets Loose AI Language Colossus

Over the past few months, OpenAI has vacuumed an incredible amount of data into its artificial intelligence language systems. It sucked up Wikipedia, a huge swath of the rest of the internet and tons of books. This mass of text -- trillions of words -- was then analyzed and manipulated by a supercomputer to create what the research group bills as a major AI breakthrough and the heart of its first commercial product, which came out on Thursday. From a report: The product name -- OpenAI calls it "...
Tags: Wikipedia, Tech, Sam Altman, Eli Chen CEO of startup Veriph


A Silicon Valley exodus, law firm drama, and the most consequential startup of all time

Hello! The remote work movement is accelerating. Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday that he expects up to 50% of Facebook's employees to work remotely by 2030. Shopify boss Tobi Lutke tweeted that the company's offices would remain closed until 2021 and that most will permanently work remotely after that. "Office centricity is over," he said.  Those statements follow Twitter and Square employees being told they could work remotely permanently.  What does that mean for Silicon Valley's status as...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, US, Trends, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Rob, Sam Altman, Dublin, Jack Dorsey, Denver, David Boies, WPP, Intercom


Microsoft teamed up with OpenAI to build a massive AI supercomputer in Azure

At its Build developer conference, Microsoft today announced that it has teamed up with OpenAI, the startup trying to build a general artificial intelligence with — among other things — a $1 billion investment from Microsoft, to create one of the world’s fastest supercomputers on top of Azure’s infrastructure. Microsoft says that the 285,000-core machine would have ranked in the top five of the TOP500 supercomputer rankings. Since Microsoft doesn’t actually tell us much more than that, except...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Ibm, Sam Altman


Sam Altman backs ‘video-first’ dating app Curtn

As the quarantine dramatically transforms social and romantic lives, a new dating app advised by Grindr founder Joel Simkhai and former YC chief Sam Altman is aiming to capitalize on the skyrocketing popularity of video chat. CEO Brenden Strauss hopes his NYC-based startup Curtn can approach video calling in a mindful way during a time when so many people are sheltering in place and significantly cutting back on social interactions. Video chat can offer a temporary alternative for users that mig...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Tech, Sam Altman, Grindr, Yc, House Party, Joel Simkhai, Strauss, Brenden Strauss, Curtn


How Facebook board member, Trump adviser, and billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel led Silicon Valley's elite to buy doomsday bunkers in New Zealand

The Silicon Valley tech elite, perhaps out of mere wealth and circumstance, have begun investing in apocalypse preparations in recent years. Buying up real estate to serve as hideaway bunkers is one such step taken — and New Zealand has become a popular place to do so. The Valley's enthusiasm for New Zealand as an apocalyptic refuge could be traced back to a book cited as most influential to Peter Thiel, and whose ideology was then dispersed to other big players in the tech arena. Visit Busine...
Tags: Facebook, Yahoo, California, Trends, New Zealand, Peter Thiel, Reddit, Guardian, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Yishan Wong, Steve Huffman, Queenstown, The Valley, Kiwi, Lake Wanaka


Some wealthy Silicon Valley bigwigs have reportedly already scurried to their doomsday shelters in New Zealand

Some wealthy Silicon Valley execs have reportedly already escaped to their doomsday hideout shelters nestled in New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those with money in the Valley, as well as in other lucrative industries, have become known in recent years for investing in preparations for disaster scenarios, such as viral outbreaks. That includes purchasing real estate, commissioning lavish shelters, getting Lasik eye surgery, and having "go bags" ready with guns and food. Visit Business...
Tags: Texas, US, San Francisco, Trends, Bloomberg, Paypal, New Zealand, Peter Thiel, Reddit, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Yishan Wong, Auckland, Steve Huffman, Kiwi, Valley


Altman and others want to crowdfund 1 billion masks in the next 180 days

Sam Altman, former president of Y Combinator and CEO of OpenAI, tweeted out his goal to secure 1 billion masks in 180 days. The public just needs to crowdfund those masks, first. Altman, along with his brother Max Altman, an employee at Rippling; Radu Spineanu, the co-founder of Two Tap; Tinnei Pang, a designer at Mercari US; and others, are all working with suppliers in China to get 1 billion single-use masks to help the broader U.S. population, from service workers to those in hospitals but...
Tags: Apple, Health, TC, Y Combinator, Crowdfunding, Cdc, China, Tech, Long Beach, Who, Sam Altman, Altman, Max Altman, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


TrueNorth raises $3M to make independent trucker operations more seamless

As the COVID-19 pandemic makes health officials urge us all to stay at home, truckers are doing the exact opposite of that to help us live our lives inside. Now, more than ever, package delivery and stocked grocery shelves are luxuries we rely on – and the trucking industry is working hard to keep it up. To help optimize this industry, San Francisco’s TrueNorth has developed a platform so independent truckers can better manage the way they do business. The company offers software for truckers to...
Tags: Y Combinator, Finance, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Sam Altman, Twitch, Parker Conrad, Kevin Lin, HIPAA, Samsara, Truenorth, KeepTruckin, Jack Altman, Jack Altman Parker Conrad, Peter Fishman Co


Aspen Neuroscience raises $70M for its experimental Parkinson Disease treatment

Since 2012, Dr. Jeanne Loring, the founder of the eponymous Loring Lab at Scripps Research, has been thinking about how to use pluripotent stem cells as a potential treatment for Parkinson Disease. Now, eight years later, Aspen Neuroscience, the company she founded to bring her research to market has raised $70 million in funding and is set to begin clinical trials. Roughly 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson disease, which destroys parts of the brain responsible for motor function. Th...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Biology, Tech, Stem Cells, Sam Altman, Fda, Parkinson's Disease, University Of California, Biotechnology, Founder, Aspen, Parkinson, Peter Thompson, John Gurdon, University of California Irvine


Aspen Neuroscience raises $70M for its experimental Parkinson’s Disease treatment

Since 2012, Dr. Jeanne Loring, the founder of the eponymous Loring Lab at Scripps Research, has been thinking about how to use pluripotent stem cells as a potential treatment for Parkinson Disease. Now, eight years later, Aspen Neuroscience, the company she founded to bring her research to market has raised $70 million in funding and is set to begin clinical trials. Roughly 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson disease, which destroys parts of the brain responsible for motor function. Th...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Biology, Tech, Stem Cells, Sam Altman, Fda, Parkinson's Disease, University Of California, Biotechnology, Founder, Aspen, Parkinson, Peter Thompson, John Gurdon, University of California Irvine


Aspen Neuroscience raises $70 million for its experimental Parkinson Disease treatment

Since 2012, Dr. Jeanne Loring, the founder of the eponymous Loring Lab at Scripps Research, has been thinking about how to use pluripotent stem cells as a potential treatment for Parkinson Disease. Now, eight years later, Aspen Neuroscience, the company she founded to bring her research to market has raised $70 million in funding and is set to begin clinical trials. Roughly 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson disease, which destroys parts of the brain responsible for motor function. Th...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Biology, Tech, Stem Cells, Sam Altman, Fda, Parkinson's Disease, University Of California, Biotechnology, Founder, Aspen, Parkinson, Peter Thompson, John Gurdon, University of California Irvine


Startup accelerator Y Combinator is fast-tracking funding for startups dedicated to fighting the coronavirus pandemic

Y Combinator, the prestigious startup accelerator responsible for megahit startups like Airbnb, Dropbox, and Brex, has leaped into the race to fight the coronavirus outbreak.  On Wednesday, the startup-training program announced it would fast-track applications and funding for startups responding to the COVID-19 outbreak by making testing kits, treatments and vaccines, hospital equipment, or the data infrastructure to handle it.  The decision comes on the heels of a similar commitment made by ...
Tags: Y Combinator, Steve Jobs, John Sculley, US, Trends, Sam Altman, Yc, Mountain View California, Altman, Airbnb Dropbox, Combinator, Brex, YC Partners


Leading Thoughts for March 26, 2020

IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I. Bill Welter and Jean Egmon on the difficulty on truly seeing the world as it is: “Paradigms are wonderful shortcuts as we think about the world, but they are deadly if they are not attuned with reality. All of us are bombarded with increasing waves of data and sensory inputs, and whether we realize it or not, we have become increasingly resistant. It’...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Sam Altman, Leading Thoughts, Bill Welter, Jean Egmon


Coronavirus Impact Bioeconomy Update: As oil prices plunge, Goldman predicts 2nd half stock recovery, up to 3 million deaths in US

In New York, crude oil prices plummeted to $22.78 (West Texas Intermediate) and $28.12 (Brent Crude), the lowest prices seen since 2002 for WTI, as world commodity, debt equity markets reeled from the expected economic impact of coronavirus safety measures. Natural gas prices closed at $1.68, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average sank 6.30 percent to 19,898.92. The April US ethanol contract at the Chicago Board of trade closed at $0.96. Brent Crude had dipped more than these levels in the 2015...
Tags: Usa, UK, New York, Saudi Arabia, China, Germany, Russia, US, Canada, Top Stories, Sam Altman, Goldman Sachs, Fda, Brent Crude, Goldman, Wall Street Journal


OpenAI CEO offers funding for startups tackling coronavirus

As stock markets continue to tank globally, startup founders raising money are starting to worry. A notable exception is those with services related to coronavirus, who are enjoying a surge in demand and new investment opportunities. Sam Altman, the CEO of artificial intelligence research lab OpenAI, created another financial stream yesterday by offering to fund COVID-19 projects. In a blogpost announcing his plan, Altman said that as there will soon be enough testing capacity, he is seeking sta...
Tags: Startups, United States, Sam Altman, Altman, Neural, Hard Fork, Growth Quarters


The wealthiest of Silicon Valley have become super doomsday preppers by buying remote New Zealand properties, getting eye surgeries, and stockpiling ammo and food

Some of the wealthiest of Silicon Valley have developed a penchant for prepping for the apocalypse in recent years. Lasik eye surgery, multimillion-dollar real-estate investments in New Zealand, "go bags" filled with guns and food — they're going all out in the event of a disaster. There may be something about extravagant doomsday prepping that is unique to Silicon Valley culture. But it also could simply be that investing in preparations for the end of the world is a luxury only for the uber-...
Tags: Facebook, Nbc, US, San Francisco, Trends, New York Times, New Zealand, Peter Thiel, Reddit, Guardian, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Yishan Wong, Matt Lauer, National Geographic Channel, Pacific Northwest


The Messy, Secretive Reality Behind OpenAI's Bid To Save the World

OpenAI has a glossy exterior. In the four short years of its existence, it has catapulted itself to a spot among the leading AI research labs in the world. Part of it is its consistency in producing headline-grabbing research. Part of it is its co-founders Elon Musk and legendary investor Sam Altman. But above all, OpenAI is lionized for its mission. Its goal is to be the first to create artificial general intelligence, or AGI -- a machine with the learning and reasoning powers of a human mind. ...
Tags: Elon Musk, Microsoft, Tech, World, Sam Altman, Agi, MIT Technology Review


Hello February / Monthly Review - Jan 2020

February of 2020 is here! Time does fly!This is how I spent Jan 2020. I know you may not be interested, but I like the idea of keeping the universe accountable. Plus, the review would tell me if what I did in the month is helping me reach my yearly goals (and eventually, life and ). For the record, three large goals for 2020 are Book 2, a sub-5 marathon, a topline of 50 crores. Here's the recap for Jan 2020.I have sections for fails, wins, inbetweens, lessons, plan for Feb 2020 and a question...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Steve Jobs, India, Time, Personal, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Sam Altman, Jeff Bezos, PPP, Paul Graham, Jan, Adam Grant, Lem, Mundane Updates


LeadershipNow 140: January 2020 Compilation

Here are a selection of tweets from January 2020 that you don't want to miss: Teaching By Heart: A Guide For Great #Leadership This It is a remarkable book and a perfect means to refocus your leadership development this year. How To Invest In Startups by @sama Sam Altman The Most Important Thing No One Ever Taught You by @LaRaeQuy Inside big tech's quest for human-level A.I. via @FortuneMagazine Why We Fail To Plan For The Future via @DigitalTonto Greg Satell Four Ways Leaders Can Gain Value...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Sam Altman, Clayton Christensen, Advanced Analytics, LeadershipNow 140, Steve Keating, Tim Elmore, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Voice of Moral Clarity


General Catalyst's newest partner wants to bring Silicon Valley's controversial relationship with Washington, DC, back from the brink

On Thursday, General Catalyst announced that journalist-turned-VC Katherine Boyle was promoted to partner.  Boyle has in startups working closely with the federal government, specifically with the Department of Defense.  She told Business Insider that Silicon Valley and officials in Washington, DC, are much more comfortable working together than they were even 5 years ago, although she still helps guide founders who are apprehensive about building a business model around a single customer. A...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, California, Washington, Trends, Department Of Defense, Washington Dc, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Palantir, General Catalyst, Palmer Luckey, Dod, Boyle, Boyce


The Saudi Crown Prince accused of hacking Jeff Bezos' phone met with more than a dozen tech execs and celebs during the same US trip. From Tim Cook to Oprah, here's everyone Mohammed bin Salman met with.

There's a good chance Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and venture capitalist Peter Thiel are having their phones examined right about now, in the wake of new reports about the hacking of Jeff Bezos' phone. A forensic analysis commissioned by Bezos suggests that it's likely his phone was hacked in May 2018 via a file sent from a WhatsApp account used by Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, according to reports in The Guardian and the Financial Times. Th...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Saudi Arabia, Amc, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Larry Page, New York Times, Tim Cook, Sergey Brin, Peter Thiel, Virgin Group, Richard Branson, Silicon Valley


A group of young people in Silicon Valley could get $1,000 per month from the county government in a trial of basic income

Santa Clara County, home to Silicon Valley, is considering a basic-income pilot that would give $1,000 per month to young adults transitioning out of foster care.  High housing costs and a lack of affordable housing have made these adults vulnerable to homelessness.  Like the basic-income trial in Stockton, California, the pilot would test whether guaranteeing free money to citizens improves their quality of life. Visit Businessinsider.com for more stories. Silicon Valley seems to be ever mor...
Tags: Facebook, Y Combinator, California, US, Trends, Alaska, Social Security, Stockton, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Oakland, Santa Clara, Denver, Stewart Butterfield, Trump, Yang


Lucky coffee, unicorn stumbles, and Sam Altman’s YC wager

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week we had TechCrunch’s Alex Wilhelm and Danny Crichton on hand to dig into the news, with Chris Gates on the dials and more news than we could possibly cram into 30 minutes. So we went a bit over; sorry about that. We kicked off by running through a few short-forms to get things going, including: Alex wanted to talk about his recent story on Lily AI’s $1...
Tags: Apple, China, Softbank, Tech, Sam Altman, Houston, Alex, Alex Wilhelm, Lily, Don, Valley, Danny, Sisense, Danny Crichton, Vecna, Chris Gates