After the 2016 election, Altman, who tweeted that he voted towards Donald Trump, mentioned he determined to speak to 100 Trump supporters across the US to know what they did and did not like concerning the president. He additionally needed to know “what would convince them not to vote for him in the future.”
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In a thread on Twitter, Altman mentioned he was “voting against Trump because I believe the principles he stands for represent an unacceptable threat to America.”
He additionally mentioned Peter Thiel, who was nonetheless working with YC on the time, “is a high profile supporter of Trump,” and that, “I disagree with this.”
However, he mentioned, “YC is not going to fire someone for supporting a major party nominee.”
YC and Thiel stopped working collectively a 12 months later in 2017 for unspecified causes.
Throughout his interviews, Altman mentioned he “did not expect to talk to so many Muslims, Mexicans, Black people, and women in the course of this project.”
He mentioned virtually everybody he approached was keen to speak to him, however in addition they did not need to share their names in worry of being “targeted by those people in Silicon Valley if they knew I voted for him.” Altman mentioned one of many folks he talked to in Silicon Valley made him signal a confidentiality settlement earlier than speaking as a result of she was afraid of dropping her job for supporting Trump.
Supply: Twitter, Sam Altman, Insider