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Sam Altman

Sam Altman

American Investor and Entrepreneur.

Sam Altman is an American investor and entrepreneur, originally known for founding Loopt, a location-based mobile startup which was in the fist batch of Y Combinator.

Sam Altman took over from Paul Graham as the head of Y Combinator in 2015, with a focus on scaling the investment firm and enabling its growth over the long term.

His personal angel investments, via his vehicle Hydrazine Capital, include companies like Airbnb, Stripe, Reddit, Asana, Pinterest, Teespring, Zenefits and FarmLogs.


April 22, 1985
Sam Altman was born in Chicago.



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Ellen Huet & Gillian Tan | Bloomberg
June 29, 2021
Among the many parts of its plan, Worldcoin has designed an orb-shaped device that wo­uld scan a persons iris to build a unique personal identifier
April Joyner
May 11, 2021
Business Insider
Just two months after forming, AltC Acquisition Corp. is slashing its target raise by 60%.
Eileen Guo
May 7, 2021
MIT Technology Review
How the pandemic took the concept of universal basic income out of Silicon Valley's hands--and turned it into something far more radical.
Michelle Toh, CNN Business
April 21, 2021
Ellen Pao, the former Reddit CEO and venture capitalist, is urging companies to take another look at how inclusive their workplaces really are as communities grapple with a rise in anti-Asian hate.
Mary Ann Azevedo
April 15, 2021
We all know the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital adoption in a number of areas, particularly in the financial services space. Within financial services, there are few spaces hotter than B2B payments. With a $120 trillion market size, it's no surprise that an increasing number of fintechs focused on digitizing payments have been attracting investor [...]
Candy Cheng
February 24, 2021
Business Insider
Meet 14 former Stripe employees who are raising millions of dollars for their own startups.
February 16, 2021
The Indian Express
The website had a homely, almost slapdash design with a light blue banner and a strange name: Slate Star Codex. It was nominally a blog, written by a Bay Area psychiatrist who called himself Scott Alexander (a near anagram of Slate Star Codex)
Lucas Matney
May 4, 2020
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 [...]
Natasha Mascarenhas
April 10, 2020
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 [...]
Melia Russell
November 14, 2019
Business Insider
Presidential candidate Andrew Yang had a fundraiser attended by tech workers in San Francisco at supporter and tech investor Sam Altman's house.
Melia Russell
October 29, 2019
Business Insider
Presidential candidate Andrew Yang is having a fundraiser in San Francisco at supporter and tech investor Sam Altman's home.
Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco
July 30, 2019
the Guardian
Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg has been successful in attracting the attention of venture capitalist supporters. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Josh Constine
May 30, 2019
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 [...]
Kate Clark
April 26, 2019
Sam Altman's little brother Jack is an entrepreneur, too. And yes, his startup is a YC grad.
Kate Clark
March 16, 2019
In this week's newsletter: The college admissions scandal engulfs TPG, Accel raises $2.5B for three funds and investing app Stash brings in $65M.
Kate Clark
March 9, 2019
In this week's startups newsletter: Y Combinator president Sam Altman is stepping down, Marie Kondo is raising VC and Munchery has finally filed for bankruptcy.
Heather Somerville
March 8, 2019
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.
Kate Clark
March 8, 2019
What's going on at Y Combinator?
March 1, 2019
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.
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