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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
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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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