Y Combinator is extremely influential in tech startups and startup culture.
Peter Thiel, an investor who often participates in Y Combinator, is donating $1.25 million to Donald Trump’s political efforts, which has incited outrage among the tech community with many calling for Y Combinator to sever ties with Thiel.
Y Combinator has apparently decided not to. President Sam Altman defended this position in a blog post, framed as a Clinton endorsement, that begins with a partial overview of how reprehensible and dangerous Trump is, but ends with a defense of continuing Thiel’s involvement in Y Combinator that’s effectively framed as a free-speech or tolerance issue.
I completely agree with Arment.
One thing doesn’t sit entirely right with me about this, though. Y Combinator is getting a decent amount of flack for this, and rightly so – a sexual assaulter like Trump should be in prison, not in the White House. However, where’s all the outrage about Tim Cook organising fundraisers for Donald Trump’s political party? Why is that fact almost silently swept under the rug and brushed aside, but Y Combinator gets skewered for doing the same thing? Why is Tim Cook supporting Donald Trump okay, but Y Combinator not cutting ties with someone supporting Donald Trump not okay?
Is it, perhaps, because Apple and Tim Cook get graded on a curve, to use a phrase popular in the Apple blogosphere?
It’s almost as inconsistent as iOS. I guess that runs deeper than I thought.
I don’t endorse any of the two candidates, besides I’m not american.
But there is no more decency to defend Trump or Clinton.
The vast majority of the western media focuses on Trump’s faults but “forget” all the crimes committed by Clinton …
She is a Real War Criminial that destroyed a whole country, Lybia and transformed that once rich country into a failed state… Worse she bragged about it, NO remorses.
At least Trump has not (yet) blood on his hands…