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The startup incubator Y Combinator quietly stopped working with billionaire VC Peter Thiel just a year after defending its partnership

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Peter Thiel, an influential investor who drew ire from many in the tech community due to his fervent support for President Donald Trump, has left his role at Y Combinator.

Thiel joined the startup accelerator in 2015 as an advisor in its "part-time partner" program.

Last year, Y Combinator president Sam Altman defended the company's relationship to Thiel, saying "YC is not going to fire someone for supporting a major party nominee."

Peter Thiel, a powerful tech investor who was an early and vocal supporter of President Donald Trump, is no longer working with the startup incubator Y Combinator.

Thiel, who is an influential but contentious figure in the tech community, started as a part-time advisor with Y Combinator in 2015.

His departure was announced without much to-do through an updated blog post on the Y Combinator website that said simply: "Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with Y Combinator."

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