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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


The Best of What I Read in 2019

2019 was a huge year for me.  I rediscovered nature, recommitted to writing, experimented widely, scuttled many things that have weighed on me for years, and greatly improved my overall investing. Most important, I deepened my relationships with my family, my girlfriend, her family, and my closest friends more than in any previous year. 2019 was a year of surprising business growth. But more surprising still, it was a year of developing a greater sense of inner peace, and the two have ra...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Japan, Texas, Steve Jobs, Drew Houston, Germany, Evernote, Singapore, US, Lifestyle, America, San Francisco, Earth, Ted, Austin


The Best Books and Articles I Read in 2019

2019 was a huge year for me.  I rediscovered nature, recommitted to writing, experimented widely, scuttled many things that have weighed on me for years, and greatly improved my overall investing. Most important, I deepened my relationships with my family, my girlfriend, her family, and my closest friends more than in any previous year. 2019 was a year of surprising business growth. But more surprising still, it was a year of developing a greater sense of inner peace, and the two have ra...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Japan, Texas, Steve Jobs, Drew Houston, Germany, Evernote, Singapore, US, Lifestyle, America, San Francisco, Earth, Ted, Austin


Y Combinator's Sam Altman made a gutsy bet with critics 5 years ago to prove there was no startup bubble. He would have won, but a disconnect between public and private markets made him pay up.

Former Y Combinator president Sam Altman bet TechStar's Michael de la Maza that all the talk of a startup investing bubble in 2015 was overhyped. The wager consisted of three parts, including his predictions for where certain mature, middling, and young startups would be by 2020. To win, all three predictions would have to be correct. Although Altman's ambitious targets were easily cleared on two predictions that covered private startups, his prediction about public startups was a clear miss. ...
Tags: Facebook, Spacex, US, Trends, Patagonia, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Airbnb, Andreessen Horowitz, TechStars, Altman, Teslas, Maza, Michael de la Maza, Silicon Valley Back, Coinbase Instacart Optimizely


I ran Y Combinator, the Silicon Valley accelerator that launched 2,000 companies including Cruise, Brex, and GitLab. Here's what I've learned about how to be successful in your career.

Sam Altman is one of tech's most influential investors. The 34-year-old entrepreneur was president of the storied startup incubator Y Combinator, whose graduates include Airbnb, Dropbox, and Stripe. Altman, whose first startup, Loopt, was part of YC's first cohort, shared on Twitter what he's learned about having a successful career. He stepped down as YC's president last year to focus on his artificial intelligence research firm, OpenAI. "If there is a single key to success, it is the trait o...
Tags: Amazon, San Francisco, Trends, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Don, Altman, Airbnb Dropbox, Andrew Yang, Cruise Brex, Stripe Altman


Startups Weekly: This year in startups

Welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about U.S. VC activity in Europe. Before that, I noted Chinese investor activity in Africa. Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to [email protected] or on Twitter @KateClarkTweets. If you’re new, you can subscribe to Startups Weekly here. Hello from Berlin, where we’v...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Europe, Berlin, Softbank, Africa, Tech, London Stock Exchange, Venture Capital, Sam Altman, WeWork, Equity, Alex Wilhelm, Adam Neumann, Steph Korey


China Roundup: Y Combinator’s short-lived China dream

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. Last week, we looked at how Alibaba and Tencent fared in the last quarter; the talk in Silicon Valley and Beijing this week is on Y Combinator’s sudden retreat from China. We will also discuss the enduring food delivery war in the country later. Brief adventure in the East The storied Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator an...
Tags: Energy, TC, Y Combinator, Asia, Microsoft, China, Tech, E-commerce, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, Beijing, United States, President, Alibaba, Venture Capital, Tencent


Y Combinator abruptly shutters YC China

Prolific startup accelerator Y Combinator has abandoned plans to establish a branch of the program in China. The company cites a general change in strategy, but a deafening silence on the complexity and controversy of working with China right now suggests there’s more at play. In a short blog post, YC leadership explained that “as we worked to establish YC China, we had a change in leadership,” viz. the replacement of CEO Sam Altman with Geoff Ralston in May. This apparently led to a complete...
Tags: TC, Y Combinator, Asia, Hong Kong, China, US, Tech, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Qi, Altman, Geoff Ralston, Qi Lu, YC China, China This YC


Daily Crunch: Adobe launches Photoshop for iPad

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Adobe Photoshop arrives on the iPad Adobe has released Photoshop for the iPad, making good on an announcement that it made last October. The tablet version of the popular photo-editing software is free to download, and includes a 30-day free trial. After that it’s $9.99 per month via in-app purchase, o...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Adobe, Microsoft, Photoshop, California, Cortana, Tech, Netflix, Deutsche Telekom, Sam Altman, Kate, Iss, Zillow, Alex, Paul Rudd


Sam Altman’s bet against Slack

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week Kate and Alex broke the discussion into two main themes. The first dealt with early-stage companies, and the second, as you can imagine, later-stage affairs. Don’t worry, we don’t get to SoftBank for quite some time. Up top, we dug into Kate’s story about Quill, a formerly stealthy company that could be taking on Slack. That or something similar to Slack ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Spotify, Softbank, Tech, Companies, Software, Venture Capital, Sam Altman, Food Delivery, Kate, Leader, Alex, Operating Systems, Postmates


Slack investor Index Ventures backs Slack competitor Quill

Slack created a new solution for workplace communication, one copied by many, even Microsoft. But the product, which is meant to help individuals and businesses collaborate, has been critiqued for sending too many notifications, with some claiming it’s sabotaged workplace productivity. Quill, a startup led by Ludwig Pettersson, Stripe’s former creative director and design aficionado, claims to offer “meaningful conversations, without disturbing your team.” The company has raised a $2 million ...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, San Francisco, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Computing, Venture Capital, Sam Altman, General Catalyst, Operating Systems, Slack, TechCrunch, Index Ventures, Openai, Cannon


San Francisco's 'Yang Gang' is having lunch at Sam Altman's house to raise funds for presidential candidate Andrew Yang

Presidential candidate Andrew Yang is having a fundraiser in San Francisco at supporter and tech investor Sam Altman's home. The former tech executive running in the 2020 election has a core base in Silicon Valley, where employees from Google, Amazon, Apple, and Facebook have made huge donations to his campaign. Altman described himself in an email to Business Insider as a "long-time supporter" of Yang, who shares his enthusiasm for universal basic income and mitigating the threat of automatio...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Elon Musk, America, San Francisco, Trends, New Hampshire, Iowa, Silicon Valley, Sam Altman, Jack Dorsey, University Of California, Juul, Alphabet, Business Insider, Kevin Lin


Greylock GP Sarah Guo is as bullish on SaaS as ever

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast where each week we discuss other people’s money and what sense their investment choices make (or don’t). This week was honestly a treat. We had Kate Clark in the studio along with Alex Wilhelm and a special guest, Sarah Guo from Greylock Partners, a venture firm (obviously). Guo has the distinction of having the best-ever fun fact on the show. We kicked off with Grammarly, a company that recently put $90 million...
Tags: Tech, Sam Altman, Jack, Alex, Greylock Partners, Greylock, Alex Wilhelm, Grammarly, Guo, Lattice, Clari, Sarah Guo, Chris Gates, Kate Clark, Henry Pickavet Equity


ZeroDown, valued at $150M, plans to take on Zillow

Days out of Y Combinator, venture capitalists valued ZeroDown, a financial and real estate technology startup, at $150 million. The company had the perfect match of experienced founders and eye-popping ambitions to carve a new path to home ownership. “I think we will be known as a company that makes it easier to buy a home in every single aspect,” ZeroDown co-founder and chief executive officer Abhijeet Dwivedi tells TechCrunch. The startup, which has raised $30 million in total equity funding a...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, Real Estate, Pinterest, California, San Francisco, Austin, Venture Capital, Zenefits, Search Engine, Sam Altman, Zillow, Postmates, Redfin, Bay Area, Bay


OpenAI’s Sam Altman and Greg Brockman will tell Disrupt about tomorrow’s jobs

OpenAI’s co-founders Greg Brockman and Sam Altman aren’t afraid of Terminator robots. At TechCrunch Disrupt SF in October, they’ll tell our audience why it’s the more subtle repercussions of artificial general intelligence like its impact on employment, cyberwarfare, and concentration of power that shake the duo. But the epic potential for the technology to generate widescale abundance for humanity led Altman to leave his gig as the head of iconic accelerator Y Combinator to become CEO of ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Elon Musk, Stanford, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Harvard, Sam Altman, Fintech, Cto, Openai, Altman, Brockman, Greg Brockman, Disrupt Sf


Here are the latest executive power moves that help explain everything that's going on at Uber, Lime and Snap

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 tech and media. Every week we bring you an overview of the most important executive changes from the past week. This week, Ryan Graves stepped down from Uber's board of directors just two weeks after the company went public. Read about this and other ...
Tags: Amazon, Uber, US, Trends, Sam Altman, Travis Kalanick, Graves, Kalanick, Vevo, Snap, Carson, Andersen, Bao, Ryan Graves, Altman, Ralston


Equity transcribed: How to avoid an IPO

This week, the Equity duo of Kate Clark and Alex Wilhelm convened to get some quick hits in about Slack’s WORK, Luckin Coffee and Sam Altman’s departure from Y Combinator. They then dug a bit deeper into the money around food: DoorDash and Sun Basket both raised this week. And what is a discussion about venture in food without mentioning Blue Apron? And finally, TransferWise illustrates how not to IPO. In all of this, they considered a world without the word “unicorn” as it relates to billion-do...
Tags: Travel, TC, Sam Altman, Kate, Alex, Doordash, Alex Wilhelm, Providence, Townsend, Equity podcast, Kate Clark, Chris Alex


Startups Weekly: VCs are drunk on beverage startups

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a newsletter published every Saturday that dives into the week’s most noteworthy venture deals, fundraises, M&A transactions and trends. Let’s take a quick moment to catch up. Last week, I wrote about an alternative to venture capital called revenue-based financing and before that, I jotted down some notes on one of VCs’ favorite spaces: cannabis tech. Remember, you can send me tips, suggestions and feedback to [email protected] or on Twitter @K...
Tags: Startups, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Articles, Los Angeles, Tech, Economy, Artificial Intelligence, President, Venture Capital, Private Equity, Sam Altman, Starbucks, Louisiana, Getaround, Huawei


Recent Readings, 6

Sunsets on Mars are blue. Link. I too laugh. ” ‘Once we build a generally intelligent system, basically we will ask [OpenAI] to figure out a way to make an investment return for you.’” When the crowd erupted with laughter Sam Altman himself offered that it sounds like an episode of “Silicon Valley.” Link. I’ve long written about extensions to classical evolution theory, or revolutions in evolution. The biggest challenge is to describe how natural variations are created to be selected. There is a...
Tags: Washington, Future, Gmo, Sam Altman, Mars