ISSUE – July 5 | We Boycott Y Combinator and 500 Startups

I’m a co-founder of two startups. Both have the same founding team — 3 co-founders; two men, one woman. This is an open letter. I speak on our behalf.

To Y Combinator.

I believed that you, as an organization, were a force for good in this world. That belief was shattered by the president of YC, Sam Altman on June 2nd, 2017. Pando Daily has the full story here: https://pando.com/2017/07/03/sam-alt-man/

I am speaking directly to you, Sam.

I used to hold you in the highest regard. I believed you were a good man who had to make difficult decisions in these trying times. I no longer hold that belief.

Your treatment of Sarah Lacy, the founder of Pando Daily, is despicable and vile. Your holding of a grudge is infantile. Your non-apology is not merely a sad joke, it is a testament to your failure as a leader. I thought we were supposed to be building a better world, all of us. [ Medium ]