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I think Sam Altman might be the nicest guy in Silicon Valley. It seems like he really wants to do the right thing at all times.

I wouldn't come to that same conclusion based on a few things, but the biggest one was his behaviors around reddit: https://www.fastcompany.com/3048521/fast-feed/ellen-pao-part...

What do you think he did wrong here? Joke around in the thread?

Given other accounts of Altman's persona, both publicly and from personal accounts to me, he seems to be rabidly competitive and cutthroat:

[1] "You could parachute [Sam] into an island full of cannibals and come back in 5 years and he'd be the king"

[2] “But I have guns, gold, potassium iodide, antibiotics, batteries, water, gas masks from the Israeli Defense Force, and a big patch of land in Big Sur I can fly to.”

[2] "Graham said, “I asked Sam in our kitchen, ‘Do you want to take over YC?,’ and he smiled, like, it worked."

So in the context of Yishan's comment, it demonstrates to me that the "joking" was a subtle nod that he wouldn't have any qualms with back room dealing and manipulation to reach a goal.

While that might sound like a hit on him, it's actually not. I relate to that approach strongly, and think it's actually the right way to play it.

However I think it's actually a bad comparison to say he's the "nicest guy in the valley." That title goes to Steve Wozniak.



[1] There is more than one way to power. Sam seems to get there by consensus

[2] These are for survival in the case of an apocalypse, not aggression

[3] Graham loved Sam Altman, so he put him in charge of YC.

None of these really related to Sam making a joke about Reddit. Conde Nast is extremely happy with Reddit. It's growing (#7 site in the USA), and valuable.

I fail to see how [2] corroborates your initial claim.

Altman is literally the greediest person in SV.

What makes you say that?

wow, this thread made my head spin.

he's also quite accessible.

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