Sam Altman

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I do know that the tech backlash is going to be strong. We have more and more concentrated power and wealth. People "are understandably uncomfortable with that.feedback
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We found 24 articles in which Sam Altman said something. The most recent Sam Altman’s quote is: “There's so much research about how bad poverty is. There's so much research about the emotional and physical toll that it takes on people. I think about the amount of human potential that is being wasted by people that are not doing what they want to do. I think about how great it would be to undo that. And that's really powerful to me.”. In addition, all sources we refer have quoted Sam Altman 53 times. On this page, you will find all of Sam Altman’s quotes organized by date and topic.
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Aug 24 2017

If we make it easier to quickly travel longer distances in/out of work hubs, the intense demand for housing can be diffused to communities that can handle it. He gives Stockton, Calif. as an example of such a suburb – according to Google Maps, it's about 80 miles and, with traffic, over a two-hour drive from San Francisco.feedback

Aug 24 2017

The goal of all these proposals is not to say like, Here's the thing we should definitely do,' but to start conversations.feedback

Aug 24 2017

When we went around the state and talked to people about what they really need, just regular middle class people, what they really would like is better local transit systems. So they'd like the ability to live an hour outside of San Francisco in a much cheaper area but be able to get into the city to work. So there's a lot of enthusiasm for a much better Bay Area transit system.feedback

Aug 09 2017 - Facebook

I'm fairly confident that at some point in the future, as technology continues to eliminate traditional jobs and massive new wealth gets created, we're going to see some version of [UBI] at a national scale.feedback

Aug 03 2017 - Inequality

I think if we don't solve the housing crisis, we will continue to perpetuate the greatest economic inequality that I have certainly ever seen.feedback

Aug 03 2017 - Silicon Valley

I think I have the greatest job in Silicon Valley. And I think there are people who will be much better than me at being politicians. I think we need, and this sounds so obvious to say that it's almost ridiculous, we just need Silicon Valley to treat female founders with respect. That shouldn't be a controversial statement that should be absolute minimum table-stakes. But, you've got to enforce that so you do need channels for people to report problems they face and you do need organizations to take actions for their own programs.feedback

Aug 03 2017

It's important that that not just belong to one person and just be used for one person once. But this is something that all of us should benefit from. If you elect a reality TV star as President, you can't be surprised when you get a reality TV show.feedback

Aug 03 2017

He's our president, he's my president, he's your president. I want him to succeed. I want him to well on behalf of all Americans. I do think that, you know, they will hopefully make some progress towards a more pro-growth environment. And I do think economic growth is important for the success of everybody.feedback

Jul 31 2017 - Democratic Party

I'm more interested in how we build the seeds of a really long-term movement, starting in a set of people who believe in these ideas in 2018. To the degree the Democratic Party is aligned on getting these policies and principles implemented, then I see myself aligned with them. I still identify personally as a Democrat. I think the Democratic Party had a catastrophic failure of delivering a cohesive, positive, economic message for Americans over the last decade. I hope the Trump administration is enough of a wakeup call.feedback

Jul 31 2017 - Democratic Party

It seems most of the candidates I support would either be Democrats or Independents. But one thing I don't like about the existing process is the Democratic Party basically chooses which candidates to put up. If what we do is run a ballot initiative and fund five candidates, it will be a committee for the ballot initiative and donations to the candidates.feedback

Jul 31 2017

I wish the company had started on mobile earlier for sure. However, I think that it's been remarkable progress in the last, say, year. It was my No. 1 concern two years ago, and it is now not even in my top three concerns for the company.feedback

Jul 09 2017

I got a bunch of guys who were saying to me, It's not a real problem.feedback

Jul 05 2017 - Facebook

We think everyone should have enough money to meet their basic needs–no matter what, especially if there are enough resources to make it possible.feedback

Jul 01 2017

I'm super excited about the entrepreneurial focus in health and biotech. It's one of these mind-blowing moments where we're not that far away from an A.I. doctor.feedback

Jul 01 2017

When I took over YC in 2014 I made a list of things I wanted to get into. Health and synthetic biologies were two of the categories.feedback

Jul 01 2017

When we started funding bio companies, Sand Hill Road hadn't decided they liked it yet. But it turns out that there was interest in a few years from West Coast tech.feedback

May 25 2017 - Facebook

Everyone should have enough money to meet their basic needs.... We don't yet know how it should look or how to pay for it, but basic income seems a promising way to do this.feedback

Apr 27 2017

I think this could decimate start-ups. It will be a slow erosion. But I think we've seen this in many other industries – where at some point the incumbents get very powerful, lobby to get laws passed to protect themselves, and then this regulation prevents new start-ups and new innovation.feedback

Apr 27 2017

I absolutely support the need for internet infrastructure providers to make substantial profits, and I think they have been, and they'll continue to do that. Because consumers really want internet. .... What I don't think is fair is for the companies – that control the only ability you have to get access to the internet in your home or business – to say, We're going to prioritize this service, and we are going to do a backroom deal with this other service.feedback

Apr 27 2017

I think this could decimate start-ups. The internet is no longer optional, if you want to be part of the economy. This is critical to the internet. We have had just an unbelievable run. Those companies .... that are releasing earnings today – those companies didn't exist a couple of decades ago. And there are newer companies that didn't even exist a few years ago. All these services we use and love are possible because we've had fair rules and an open platform where entrepreneurs and small start-ups can compete. This isn't possible in most of American industry.feedback

Mar 08 2017 - Silicon Valley

Trump is the Silicon Valley candidate in every way except that the ideology is flipped.feedback

Mar 08 2017

I think all of this – the current start-up revolution, Trump and lots of other things – is largely a consequence of the internet breaking down traditional barriers. This societal openness has some great consequences in my opinion, like the start-up boom of the last 20 years, and some bad ones, like Trump.feedback

Mar 08 2017 - WhatsApp

We do generally see a lot of companies wanting to test their products with YC cos.feedback

Feb 22 2017

Here are some questions I ask myself: Are these founders relentlessly determined? Are they original thinkers? Are they smart, and especially do they have new insights I haven't heard before? Are they good communicators (and so will they be able to hire, sell, raise money, talk to the press, etc). We have had great success funding 'unknown' people, and we will keep doing this – it's one of our two or three best secrets. Please help us spread the message: you don't need to be experienced, well-known, or have an impressive resume to get into YC.feedback

Feb 22 2017

The most successful companies I've worked with have a significant competitive advantage – network effect, proprietary technology, complex coordination, or barrier to entry of some other sort. I understand in theory it's possible to build a very successful commodity company, but I don't know how to do it.feedback

Feb 22 2017

Are they focused and intense? Do they always seem to find a way around obstacles? Would I work for them?feedback

Feb 22 2017

We especially like founders who have some sort of non-traditional background; we are somewhat suspicious of founders with extremely 'tracked' lives. Start-ups are not a resume item, and we don't like founders who view YC as a stop on the way to B-school.feedback

Feb 22 2017

Companies that don't have this usually have a hard time recruiting enough great people to work with them, and thus struggle to become very large.feedback

Feb 15 2017 - Immigration

Although I'm willing to believe that in a normal environment immigration puts some downward pressure on wages, I think the fact that we can have these giant wages for software engineers is a factor of how powerful these companies have gotten. [One reason tech] companies have become so powerful and valuable is because of immigrants.feedback

Feb 15 2017

I do think [the US tech industry] would definitely exist and be a major player, but it would probably not be as strong.feedback

Feb 06 2017

This guy Anthony incredible. One of the cool things has been that many big YC companies have said whatever we can do – free services, discounts – multiply that by 10, [and that's] what we'll do for the ACLU. Payments processing, [web] hosting, help with designing the payments flow and donations flow. We want to do that. The ACLU is one of the best nonprofits in the world. They're going to do their thing. We'll be a small contributor.feedback

Nov 18 2016 - Ford

I'm fairly confident that at some point in the future, as technology continues to eliminate traditional jobs and massive new wealth gets created, we're going to see some version of this at a national scale. 50 years from now, I think it will seem ridiculous that we used fear of not being able to eat as a way to motivate people.feedback

Oct 31 2016

This has been a strain on my relationship.feedback

Oct 31 2016

It's not a lack of judgment that leads Americans to vote for Trump; we're voting for Trump because we judge the leadership of our country to have failed.feedback

Oct 07 2016 - Tesla

These phones already control us. The merge has begun–and a merge is our best scenario. Any version without a merge will have conflict: we enslave the AI or it enslaves us. The full-on-crazy version of the merge is we get our brains uploaded into the cloud. I'd love that.feedback

Jul 06 2016

We're seriously interested in building new cities and we think we know how to finance it if everything else makes sense.feedback

Jul 06 2016

I guess what I would say in both of these is that they are research projects and meant in the spirit of that, which means it's not like YC is going to build a new city, nor is YC going to fund nationwide basic income.feedback

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