Sam Altman

Sam Altman

American entrepreneur, investor, programmer, and blogger. Former president of Y Combinator.

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#risk

everyone who has done something impressive remembers someone telling them "that will never work"

#ego

Hiring people with a strong sense of entitlement very rarely works out, no matter how good they are on other axes

#finding ideas

There's always a technology frontier somewhere, and one of the best reasons to go work there is that it's where the smartest and most interesting people congregate.

#team

Treat everyone you work with like a peer, and you’ll usually be surprised on the upside.

#competition

long-term thinking is a competitive advantage because almost no one does it

#skills

long-term thinking is a competitive advantage because almost no one does it

#investment

You have a problem, so you decide to raise some money. Now you have two problems. So you hire some people. Now you have three problems.

#tech industry

Somewhere in the world, an unknown young person is probably starting a company now that will eventually be as big as today's tech giants.

#predict the future

Somewhere in the world, an unknown young person is probably starting a company now that will eventually be as big as today's tech giants.

#growth

from a founder i really respect: "the hardest thing for me to learn was that the market does not care about effort or struggle, only output"

#market

from a founder i really respect: "the hardest thing for me to learn was that the market does not care about effort or struggle, only output"

#what to work on

There's always a technology frontier somewhere, and one of the best reasons to go work there is that it's where the smartest and most interesting people congregate.

#validation

Next time an investor tells you your market is too small, ask them for the size of the market 10 years ago for Airbnb, Uber, or Snapchat.

#failure

I'm not sure if it's cause or effect that young founders who get a lot of press before succeeding tend to fail, but wise to avoid.

#product market fit

in general, hiring before you get product/market fit slows you down, and hiring after you get product market fit speeds you up.