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Gary Wynn 2018-08-21
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Sam Altman, chief executive officer of Y Combinator.

Y Combinator emailed tech founders saying they had been accepted into Startup School, its free online course for entrepreneurs.

Except it was a mistake and founders were hugely disappointed.

Y Combinator then did another U-turn and said all 15,000 applicants had been accepted onto the course, which normally only hosts around 3,000.

Prestigious accelerator Y Combinator has had to accept more than 15,000 startups onto its online education programme, Startup School, after a major screw-up.

Several founders described on Twitter how Y Combinator had emailed on Monday accepting them onto Startup School, only for the firm to follow up hours later with a rejection email.

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Jose Hilton 2017-11-17
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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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Belinda Miller 2017-11-17
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Polarizing billionaire venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is no longer a partner at Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator.

Sam Altman, the accelerator’s president, made a very low-profile announcement of Thiel’s departure, adding “Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with Y Combinator” to the top of a 2010 Y Combinator blog post welcoming Thiel as a part-time partner.

Thiel, a libertarian Trump supporter, had sparked controversy when he joined Y Combinator, which is probably the best-known startup incubator in Silicon Valley.

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Altman had defended Thiel’s position at the accelerator, tweeting, “Thiel is a high profile supporter of Trump.

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Michael Webster 2017-11-18

An anonymous reader shares a report: Billionaire venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with startup accelerator Y Combinator, according to an edited company blog post.

Thiel was formerly a part-time partner with the accelerator.

BuzzFeed News confirmed his departure with a source familiar with Y Combinator's management structure.

Thiel's departure from Y Combinator was not previously announced.

It comes long after Y Combinator president Sam Altman defended Thiel's role at the accelerator, following criticism of Thiel's support of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

A source close to Y Combinator said that the company ended its part-time partners program, which Thiel was a part of, some time last year.

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James Honor 2016-06-01
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There s a lot of buzz around Y Combinator s announcement this week that it is doing a pilot study in Oakland on giving people something called a Basic Income.

How this program might work, including how much money will be doled out and how people will be chosen is all to be decided.But why is a tech startup accelerator like Y Combinator, which helped launch Dropbox, Reddit and Airbnb, taking a leaf from Finland and exploring what it might take to provide people an adequate social net?In tweets and in a blog post, Sam Altman, the president of Y Combinator, outlined a world where technology would make even more jobs obsolete yet would generate an abundance of resources.

In this scenario, the cost of living should drop, Altman hypothesizes.

Yet people still need basic income to meet their needs.

Altman writes:Vox outlines a boon in basic income studies around the world but posits that Y Combinator is seeking something more than whether a basic income can lift people out of poverty:Interesting questions that are more than a touch utopic.Photo: Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, in 2014.

Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group Tags: basic income, Oakland, Sam Altman, Vox, y combinator

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Thomas Nye 2021-07-28
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For fleet managers, managing shipping crew changes across different countries is an elaborate process even in the best of times—and now is definitely not the best of times. Greywing, a Y Combinator-backed platform for automating maritime operations, launched a new solution today that it describes as an industry-first. Called Crew Change, it is used to […]
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Jeanne Hoffman 2019-03-08
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Sam Altman is planning to step down from his role as president of Y Combinator, one of the best-known startup accelerators in Silicon Valley.

He’s leaving the position to focus on his work as cochair of prominent nonprofit research organization OpenAI, Y Combinator announced today.

OpenAI was created in 2015 with $1 billion in funding from people like Altman, YC Research, and people like SpaceX cofounder Elon Musk, investor Peter Thiel, LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, and Y Combinator founding partner Jessica Livingston.

OpenAI has tackled a number of AI research initiatives.

In recent weeks alone, the nonprofit launched a massive reinforcement learning simulator, controversial state-of-the-art NLP model GPT-2, and advocated that sound AI systems are reliant on social science as well as computer science.

Altman, only the organization’s second president since the accelerator was created, will continue at Y Combinator as company chairman.

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Brian Williams 2018-08-17

As government regulation for commercial drone usage seems to be trending in a very positive direction for the companies involved, there is an ever-growing opportunity for drone startups to utilize artificial intelligence to deliver insights without requiring much human effort.

Sterblue, a French drone software startup that is launching out of Y Combinator’s latest class of companies, is aiming to get off-the-shelf drones inspecting large outdoor structures up close with automated insights that identify anomalies that need a second look.

The startup’s software is specifically focused on enabling drones to easily inspect large power lines or wind turbines with simple automated trajectories that can get a job done much quicker and with less room for human error.

The software also allows the drones to get much closer to the large structures they are scanning so the scanned images are as high-quality as possible.

Compared to navigating a tight urban environment, Sterblue has the benefit of there being very few airborne anomalies around these structures, so autonomously flying along certain flight paths is as easy as having a CAD structure available and enough wiggle room to correct for things like wind condition.

Operators basically just have to connect their drones to the Sterblue cloud platform where they can upload photos and view 3D models of the structures they have scanned while letting the startup’s neural net identify any issues that need further attention.

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Eric Spilde 2021-03-24
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Our picks for the most intriguing companies of Y Combinator’s latest batch were based entirely on substance and our endless expertise, so it’s time for something much more superficial. Here are the 11 best logos from the hundreds of companies that presented yesterday. Watching companies go by 60 seconds at a time for like eight […]
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James Kiley 2017-09-04
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Pear, a popular seed-stage venture firm whose early bets include Guardant Health, Memebox, and Branch, hosted its fourth demo day in Woodside, Ca., last Thursday, and though it was a scorchingly hot afternoon at a largely outdoor venue, a veritable who’s who of VCs showed up: Bryan Schreier of Sequoia Capital was there.

So was Brian O’Malley of Accel Partners, another frequent guest.

Others of the 120 other VCs in attendance included Shawn Carolan of Menlo Ventures, Shahin Farshchi of Lux Capital, Ann Miura-Ko of Floodgate, Maha Ibrahim of Canaan Partners, Bobby Yazdani of Cota Capital, Semil Shah of Haystack, Hunter Walk of Homebrew, James Currier of NFX Guild, and Josh Elman of Greylock Partners.

What everyone came to see was 15 teams, all of them roughly six months old or younger, and all led by current college students or recent graduates who’d been invited by Pear to build companies over ten weeks in its airy but cramped Palo Alto offices.

It’s a nice deal for the founders, who receive an uncapped note of between $25,000 and $40,000, along with advice from people who know how to grow companies.

Satellite company Capella Space got its start in Pear’s summer program; it raised a $12 million Series A round in May.

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Willie Edwards 2021-05-13
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Legionfarm, the gaming platform that lets gamers play with pro players in their favorite games, has today announced the close of a $6 million Series A round. Investors in the round include SVB, Y Combinator, Scrum VC, Kevin Lin, Altair Capital, Ankur Nagpal and more. Legionfarm launched out of Y Combinator at the beginning of […]
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Johnny Ament 2019-02-17
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Cofounders Cadran Cowansage, Kuan Luo, and Abadesi Osunsade founded Elpha to build an online network of women in tech to provide each other with advice and resources — especially since women often find themselves as the only female member of their team.

Elpha will become part of this summer's Y Combinator batch.

"Having that sort of business insight coming from other women is something I always wanted."

Elpha began its existence as Leap, a project that Cowansage started and spearheaded while working at Y Combinator.

It's already gotten its first round of angel funding to get it off the ground.

To bring things full circle, Elpha will join this summer's batch of Y Combinator startups.

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Michelle Briggs 2017-06-12
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Drew Houston founded Dropbox, a file-storage application, 10 years ago, and has led it to over $1 billion in annualized revenue and more than 500 million users.

His meeting with Steve Jobs, and what the Apple founder was like.

Shontell: But it seems like things really picked up for you once you graduate and you apply to something called Y Combinator, which, if you follow the tech world, you've probably heard of.

But your application for Y Combinator could have gone better, right?

And I opened up the editor and started writing some code.

Houston: Yeah, and Y Combinator reminded me, actually, of a lot of college admissions, because you have a ton of people applying for a limited number of spots.

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Ralph Miller 2017-01-31
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The American Civil Liberties Union is joining Y Combinator, the

premier startup school in Silicon Valley.

Y Combinator is known for shaping companies from ideas to launch,

including well-known tech stars like Dropbox and Airbnb.

recently it's started working with non-profits to help them tap

into its network of tech entrepreneurs, investors, and engineers.

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Mark Moore 2017-04-26
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Former Y Combinator partner and chief operating officer Qasar Younis has left the company to work “on something new,” according to the departing executive’s personal site and Facebook account.Younis first participated in the accelerator in 2010 as an entrepreneur.

Three years later, he joined Y Combinator as an investor after selling his company, TalkBin, to Google.Y Combinator president Sam Altman made Younis the accelerator’s first COO in August 2015 and tasked him with scaling the “organization and operations as we tackle bigger and more ambitious projects,” Altman wrote at the time.

Younis was at one point in charge of managing both Y Combinator’s daily affairs and its slate of events, including demo days and the Female Founders conference.We’ve reached out to Y Combinator for more details on Younis’ departure.

We’ll update this story when we hear back.

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Cedric Sams 2016-10-17
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Peter Thiel s $1.25 million donation to Donald Trump s presidential bid has touched off a Silicon Valley firestorm.Should companies and organizations associated with Thiel, a major investor, entrepreneur and adviser, not just back away from him but sever ties?And if these entities refuse to boot Thiel, should consumers, job candidates, partners and others end their relationship with them?Thiel sits on Facebook s board and is a part-time adviser to Y Combinator.

He also co-founded PayPal, the online payments company, and Palantir, a big data private firm.

As a co-founder of Founder s Fund, a venture firm, Thiel is probably one of the most connected tech industry VIPs.Amid calls to boycott PayPal, some have asked whether Facebook and Y Combinator should end their relationship with Thiel.Sam Altman of Y Combinator took to Twitter to defend his organization s decision to keep its relationship with Thiel:Some are arguing that people should distance themselves from organizations and companies that say they won t boot Thiel.On Monday, in a post on Medium, Ellen Pao, the former interim CEO of Reddit, said her new organization Project Include is going to cut ties with Y Combinator over its connection with Thiel:Some called for Facebook to remove Thiel from its board: For some, Altman s agree-to-disagree message did not go far enough: Above: Peter Thiel at the Republican National Convention in July.

Alex Wong/Getty Images Tags: catherine bracy, Donald Trump, election, ellen pao, Erica Joy, facebook, Palantir, PayPal, Peter Thiel, presidential campaign, Sam Altman, y combinator

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Gary Wynn 2018-08-21
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Sam Altman, chief executive officer of Y Combinator.

Y Combinator emailed tech founders saying they had been accepted into Startup School, its free online course for entrepreneurs.

Except it was a mistake and founders were hugely disappointed.

Y Combinator then did another U-turn and said all 15,000 applicants had been accepted onto the course, which normally only hosts around 3,000.

Prestigious accelerator Y Combinator has had to accept more than 15,000 startups onto its online education programme, Startup School, after a major screw-up.

Several founders described on Twitter how Y Combinator had emailed on Monday accepting them onto Startup School, only for the firm to follow up hours later with a rejection email.

Belinda Miller 2017-11-17
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Polarizing billionaire venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is no longer a partner at Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator.

Sam Altman, the accelerator’s president, made a very low-profile announcement of Thiel’s departure, adding “Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with Y Combinator” to the top of a 2010 Y Combinator blog post welcoming Thiel as a part-time partner.

Thiel, a libertarian Trump supporter, had sparked controversy when he joined Y Combinator, which is probably the best-known startup incubator in Silicon Valley.

Get tech news in your inbox weekday mornings.

Sign up for the free Good Morning Silicon Valley newsletter.

Altman had defended Thiel’s position at the accelerator, tweeting, “Thiel is a high profile supporter of Trump.

James Honor 2016-06-01
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There s a lot of buzz around Y Combinator s announcement this week that it is doing a pilot study in Oakland on giving people something called a Basic Income.

How this program might work, including how much money will be doled out and how people will be chosen is all to be decided.But why is a tech startup accelerator like Y Combinator, which helped launch Dropbox, Reddit and Airbnb, taking a leaf from Finland and exploring what it might take to provide people an adequate social net?In tweets and in a blog post, Sam Altman, the president of Y Combinator, outlined a world where technology would make even more jobs obsolete yet would generate an abundance of resources.

In this scenario, the cost of living should drop, Altman hypothesizes.

Yet people still need basic income to meet their needs.

Altman writes:Vox outlines a boon in basic income studies around the world but posits that Y Combinator is seeking something more than whether a basic income can lift people out of poverty:Interesting questions that are more than a touch utopic.Photo: Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, in 2014.

Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group Tags: basic income, Oakland, Sam Altman, Vox, y combinator

Jeanne Hoffman 2019-03-08
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Sam Altman is planning to step down from his role as president of Y Combinator, one of the best-known startup accelerators in Silicon Valley.

He’s leaving the position to focus on his work as cochair of prominent nonprofit research organization OpenAI, Y Combinator announced today.

OpenAI was created in 2015 with $1 billion in funding from people like Altman, YC Research, and people like SpaceX cofounder Elon Musk, investor Peter Thiel, LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, and Y Combinator founding partner Jessica Livingston.

OpenAI has tackled a number of AI research initiatives.

In recent weeks alone, the nonprofit launched a massive reinforcement learning simulator, controversial state-of-the-art NLP model GPT-2, and advocated that sound AI systems are reliant on social science as well as computer science.

Altman, only the organization’s second president since the accelerator was created, will continue at Y Combinator as company chairman.

Eric Spilde 2021-03-24
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Our picks for the most intriguing companies of Y Combinator’s latest batch were based entirely on substance and our endless expertise, so it’s time for something much more superficial. Here are the 11 best logos from the hundreds of companies that presented yesterday. Watching companies go by 60 seconds at a time for like eight […]
Willie Edwards 2021-05-13
img
Legionfarm, the gaming platform that lets gamers play with pro players in their favorite games, has today announced the close of a $6 million Series A round. Investors in the round include SVB, Y Combinator, Scrum VC, Kevin Lin, Altair Capital, Ankur Nagpal and more. Legionfarm launched out of Y Combinator at the beginning of […]
Michelle Briggs 2017-06-12
img

Drew Houston founded Dropbox, a file-storage application, 10 years ago, and has led it to over $1 billion in annualized revenue and more than 500 million users.

His meeting with Steve Jobs, and what the Apple founder was like.

Shontell: But it seems like things really picked up for you once you graduate and you apply to something called Y Combinator, which, if you follow the tech world, you've probably heard of.

But your application for Y Combinator could have gone better, right?

And I opened up the editor and started writing some code.

Houston: Yeah, and Y Combinator reminded me, actually, of a lot of college admissions, because you have a ton of people applying for a limited number of spots.

Mark Moore 2017-04-26
img

Former Y Combinator partner and chief operating officer Qasar Younis has left the company to work “on something new,” according to the departing executive’s personal site and Facebook account.Younis first participated in the accelerator in 2010 as an entrepreneur.

Three years later, he joined Y Combinator as an investor after selling his company, TalkBin, to Google.Y Combinator president Sam Altman made Younis the accelerator’s first COO in August 2015 and tasked him with scaling the “organization and operations as we tackle bigger and more ambitious projects,” Altman wrote at the time.

Younis was at one point in charge of managing both Y Combinator’s daily affairs and its slate of events, including demo days and the Female Founders conference.We’ve reached out to Y Combinator for more details on Younis’ departure.

We’ll update this story when we hear back.

Jose Hilton 2017-11-17
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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."

Michael Webster 2017-11-18

An anonymous reader shares a report: Billionaire venture capitalist and Facebook board member Peter Thiel is no longer affiliated with startup accelerator Y Combinator, according to an edited company blog post.

Thiel was formerly a part-time partner with the accelerator.

BuzzFeed News confirmed his departure with a source familiar with Y Combinator's management structure.

Thiel's departure from Y Combinator was not previously announced.

It comes long after Y Combinator president Sam Altman defended Thiel's role at the accelerator, following criticism of Thiel's support of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

A source close to Y Combinator said that the company ended its part-time partners program, which Thiel was a part of, some time last year.

Thomas Nye 2021-07-28
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For fleet managers, managing shipping crew changes across different countries is an elaborate process even in the best of times—and now is definitely not the best of times. Greywing, a Y Combinator-backed platform for automating maritime operations, launched a new solution today that it describes as an industry-first. Called Crew Change, it is used to […]
Brian Williams 2018-08-17

As government regulation for commercial drone usage seems to be trending in a very positive direction for the companies involved, there is an ever-growing opportunity for drone startups to utilize artificial intelligence to deliver insights without requiring much human effort.

Sterblue, a French drone software startup that is launching out of Y Combinator’s latest class of companies, is aiming to get off-the-shelf drones inspecting large outdoor structures up close with automated insights that identify anomalies that need a second look.

The startup’s software is specifically focused on enabling drones to easily inspect large power lines or wind turbines with simple automated trajectories that can get a job done much quicker and with less room for human error.

The software also allows the drones to get much closer to the large structures they are scanning so the scanned images are as high-quality as possible.

Compared to navigating a tight urban environment, Sterblue has the benefit of there being very few airborne anomalies around these structures, so autonomously flying along certain flight paths is as easy as having a CAD structure available and enough wiggle room to correct for things like wind condition.

Operators basically just have to connect their drones to the Sterblue cloud platform where they can upload photos and view 3D models of the structures they have scanned while letting the startup’s neural net identify any issues that need further attention.

James Kiley 2017-09-04
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Pear, a popular seed-stage venture firm whose early bets include Guardant Health, Memebox, and Branch, hosted its fourth demo day in Woodside, Ca., last Thursday, and though it was a scorchingly hot afternoon at a largely outdoor venue, a veritable who’s who of VCs showed up: Bryan Schreier of Sequoia Capital was there.

So was Brian O’Malley of Accel Partners, another frequent guest.

Others of the 120 other VCs in attendance included Shawn Carolan of Menlo Ventures, Shahin Farshchi of Lux Capital, Ann Miura-Ko of Floodgate, Maha Ibrahim of Canaan Partners, Bobby Yazdani of Cota Capital, Semil Shah of Haystack, Hunter Walk of Homebrew, James Currier of NFX Guild, and Josh Elman of Greylock Partners.

What everyone came to see was 15 teams, all of them roughly six months old or younger, and all led by current college students or recent graduates who’d been invited by Pear to build companies over ten weeks in its airy but cramped Palo Alto offices.

It’s a nice deal for the founders, who receive an uncapped note of between $25,000 and $40,000, along with advice from people who know how to grow companies.

Satellite company Capella Space got its start in Pear’s summer program; it raised a $12 million Series A round in May.

Johnny Ament 2019-02-17
img

Cofounders Cadran Cowansage, Kuan Luo, and Abadesi Osunsade founded Elpha to build an online network of women in tech to provide each other with advice and resources — especially since women often find themselves as the only female member of their team.

Elpha will become part of this summer's Y Combinator batch.

"Having that sort of business insight coming from other women is something I always wanted."

Elpha began its existence as Leap, a project that Cowansage started and spearheaded while working at Y Combinator.

It's already gotten its first round of angel funding to get it off the ground.

To bring things full circle, Elpha will join this summer's batch of Y Combinator startups.

Ralph Miller 2017-01-31
img

The American Civil Liberties Union is joining Y Combinator, the

premier startup school in Silicon Valley.

Y Combinator is known for shaping companies from ideas to launch,

including well-known tech stars like Dropbox and Airbnb.

recently it's started working with non-profits to help them tap

into its network of tech entrepreneurs, investors, and engineers.

Cedric Sams 2016-10-17
img

Peter Thiel s $1.25 million donation to Donald Trump s presidential bid has touched off a Silicon Valley firestorm.Should companies and organizations associated with Thiel, a major investor, entrepreneur and adviser, not just back away from him but sever ties?And if these entities refuse to boot Thiel, should consumers, job candidates, partners and others end their relationship with them?Thiel sits on Facebook s board and is a part-time adviser to Y Combinator.

He also co-founded PayPal, the online payments company, and Palantir, a big data private firm.

As a co-founder of Founder s Fund, a venture firm, Thiel is probably one of the most connected tech industry VIPs.Amid calls to boycott PayPal, some have asked whether Facebook and Y Combinator should end their relationship with Thiel.Sam Altman of Y Combinator took to Twitter to defend his organization s decision to keep its relationship with Thiel:Some are arguing that people should distance themselves from organizations and companies that say they won t boot Thiel.On Monday, in a post on Medium, Ellen Pao, the former interim CEO of Reddit, said her new organization Project Include is going to cut ties with Y Combinator over its connection with Thiel:Some called for Facebook to remove Thiel from its board: For some, Altman s agree-to-disagree message did not go far enough: Above: Peter Thiel at the Republican National Convention in July.

Alex Wong/Getty Images Tags: catherine bracy, Donald Trump, election, ellen pao, Erica Joy, facebook, Palantir, PayPal, Peter Thiel, presidential campaign, Sam Altman, y combinator