Companies sound serious. When you start thinking of yourself as a company, you start acting like one. Worst of all, you won’t work on slightly crazy ideas. When you have a company, the clock is ticking and people expect results. It’s far better to be thought of—and to think of yourself—as a project than a company for as long as possible.
The main problem is that companies stop doing what they were doing during YC—instead of relentlessly focusing on building a great product and growing, they focus on everything else. In general, startups get distracted by fake work. Two particularly bad cases are raising money and getting personal press. But the list of fake work is long.
Sam Altman in The Post-YC Slump
I think the right initial metric is “do any users love our product so much they spontaneously tell other people to use it?” Until that’s a “yes”, founders are generally better off focusing on this instead of a growth target.
Sam Altman in Before Growth
Technology is about doing more with less. This is important in a lot of areas, but few as important as natural resources.
Sam Altman in FarmLogs
Technology provides leverage on ability and luck, and in the process concentrates wealth and drives inequality. I think that drastic wealth inequality is likely to be one of the biggest social problems of the next 20 years.
Sam Altman in The Software Revolution
I would love to see a world where the companies that own last-mile infrastructure are required to lease the lines to any ISP the end consumer wants; this would create a competitive market.
Sam Altman in Net neutrality
I live in San Francisco and drive a Tesla Roadster.