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Y Combinator is an American seed accelerator, started in March 2005. Forbes has found YC to be the most commercially successful seed accelerator in the world. Wired has called Y Combinator a “boot camp for startups” and “the most prestigious program for budding digital entrepreneurs”


Y Combinator was founded in March 2005 by Paul Graham and Jessica Livingston (who later married) as well as Robert Morris and Trevor Blackwell, with whom Paul had previously co-founded Viaweb.

In early 2010, Harj Taggar, cofounder of Y Combinator-funded Auctomatic, joined as an advisor. In September 2010, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Y Combinator-backed Reddit, joined.

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In the summer of 2014, Sam Altman became president of Y Combinator. Y Combinator also announced a Board of Overseers: Brian Chesky, cofounder of AirBnB, …

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YC Research labs was announced in October 2015. Its a nonprofit research lab that Sam Altman donated $10 million personally to get started. Researches will be paid as full time employees and can receive equity in the company as compensation as well. OpenAI is the first supported group with more groups and efforts to be announced in the future

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OpenAI is a non-profit artificial intelligence research company. Our goal is to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole, unconstrained by a need to generate financial return.


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Wow. This is awesome, and honestly, a little unexpected from @ycombinator. “A 5-year study of Basic Income.” blog.ycombinator.com/basic-income

We’re going to try something new—our first Request For Research.

We’d like to fund a study on basic income—i.e., giving people enough money to live on with no strings attached.  I’ve been intrigued by the idea for a while, and although there’s been a lot of discussion, there’s fairly little data about how it would work.
It’s true that we have systems in place to give people resources, but the bureaucracy and qualification requirements make it a very imperfect approximation of what most people mean when talking about a basic income.  We have some examples of something close to a basic income in other countries, but we’d like to see how it would work in the US.
Our idea is to give a basic income to a group of people in the US for a 5 year period, though we’re flexible on that and all aspects of the project—we are far from experts on this kind of research.  We’d be especially interested in a combination of selecting people at random, and selecting people who are driven and talented but come from poor backgrounds.  We’re open to doing this in either one geographic area, or nationally distributed.
If you’re interested in running this project, please apply by February 15th.

here’s hoping they’re looking for a change rather than just a report..

a nother way via short bp .. for (blank)’s sake

ie: 1 yr to try commons ness… basic income ness.. radical econ ness..


#asksama video response on twitter..

@Diplateevo “@sama what do you hope to learn from the basic income research? What’s in it …” #asksama answer in 🎥👇https://t.co/ZQJTQPrFXa

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/sama/status/693976790298148866

@FrancescoSTL@sama do you think social injustice could be handled differently using tech…” #asksama answer in 🎥👇pic.twitter.com/UR6FgTeiys

@FaraazNishtar@sama In the basic income experiment people wil know they have to work in …” #asksama answer in 🎥👇pic.twitter.com/LrrUAmFDXB

sam’s response in video: we’re thinking about changing the experiment in some way because of that .. a number of people pointed it out.. i’m not sure if we will.. but at least were aware of it..

might i suggest, the experiment/research:

1\ doesn’t need to be 5 yrs.. if it works.. it will work in 1 yr

people could be set up with current jobs as sabbatical if need be so not worried about that.. the key is a space.. with enough people.. not thinking about money

it doesn’t matter how many years you do it.. if you’re doing it wrong.. ie: not deep/systemic enough

2\ needs to be deeper than basic income

people have researched/experimented with basic income in the past – showing both positive results (which most haven’t paid attention to) and not so positive results (because the experiment wasn’t systemic enough for change)

part\ial ness and not disengage\ing enough.. is killing us.. eating us alive.


@ycombinator‘s next steps for their #universalBasicIncome project — a pilot study in Oakland! blog.ycombinator.com/moving-forward…

Elizabeth Rhodes is joining Basic Income Project as our Research Director.

She recently completed a joint PhD in Social Work and Political Science at the University of Michigan, where her research focused on health and education provision in slum communities in Nairobi.

We received over 1000 applications for this position (including tenured professors from Oxford, Columbia, and Harvard), and Elizabeth stood out as the right candidate based on her aptitude and her ambition. We’re very excited to work with her.


We want to run a large, long-term study to answer a few key questions: how people’s happiness, well-being, and financial health are affected by basic income, as well as how people might spend their time.

But before we do that, we’re going to start with a short-term pilot in Oakland. Our goal will be to prepare for the longer-term study by working on our methods–how to pay people, how to collect data, how to randomly choose a sample, etc.


100 people in oakland get unconditional bi


Krisiloff and Elizabeth Rhodes, a recent University of Michigan Ph.D. grad who will serve as Y Combinator’s research director for the project, told me that the tentative plan is to give about 100 people in Oakland between $1,000 and $2,000 per month for between six months and a year.

The participants will be selected randomly from across the city but will include people across all economic tiers and will not discriminate between employed and unemployed people.

“We’re going to pull a diverse group,” Rhodes told me. “We’ll be stratifying by certain characteristics to make sure we have different income levels and ethnicities, but figuring out how we collect that sample is one of the things we’re going to be working on in the pilot.”


In a blog post, Y Combinator says that it plans to work with the Oakland city government on its pilot program, and, if it goes well, the company wants to do a larger, five year research program perhaps in several different cities