Sam Altman

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Sam Altman

Sam Altman is an American entrepreneur, investor, programmer, and blogger. He is the former president of Y Combinator and now the CEO of OpenAI.
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Brave New World

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

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Jordan Peterson: "A book that I found particularly influential in my intellectual development."

One of Sahil Lavingia's most recommended books.

This book was on Sam Altman's bookshelf.

A Pattern Language

A Pattern Language

Christopher Alexander

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Naval Ravikant: "Love that book."

Patrick Collison included this book on his list of recommended books.

This book was on Sam Altman's bookshelf.

The Transit of Venus

The Transit of Venus

Shirley Hazzard

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Skunk Works

Skunk Works

Ben R. Rich

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The Constitutional Convention

The Constitutional Convention

James Madison

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Plan B 3.0

Plan B 3.0

Lester R. Brown

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde

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The Fall

The Fall

Albert Camus

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Endurance

Endurance

Alfred Lansing

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Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage

Alice Munro

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Sam Altman: "Really good."

The Art of War in the Middle Ages

The Art of War in the Middle Ages

Charles Oman

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The Legend of Henry Ford

The Legend of Henry Ford

Keith Sward

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A Life Decoded

A Life Decoded

J. Craig Venter

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Hold 'em Poker

Hold 'em Poker

David Sklansky

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Molecular Biology of the Cell

Molecular Biology of the Cell

Bruce Alberts

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Guns, Sails, and Empires

Guns, Sails, and Empires

Carlo M. Cipolla

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Paul Graham: "Amazing"

Sam Altman: "It was excellent!"

Pandaemonium

Pandaemonium

Humphrey Jennings

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The Republic

The Republic

Plato

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Fundamentals of Plasma Physics

Fundamentals of Plasma Physics

Paul M. Bellan

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Solution Selling

Solution Selling

Michael Bosworth

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Einstein: His Life and Universe

Einstein: His Life and Universe

Walter Isaacson

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One of the books Mark Zuckerberg added to his Facebook page.

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

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A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

Dave Eggers

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Call Me by Your Name

Call Me by Your Name

André Aciman

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Winning

Winning

Jack Welch

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Medieval Technology and Social Change

Medieval Technology and Social Change

Lynn White

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The Principia

The Principia

Isaac Newton

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The Beak of the Finch

The Beak of the Finch

Jonathan Weiner

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Plentiful Energy

Plentiful Energy

Charles E. Till

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The Score Takes Care of Itself

The Score Takes Care of Itself

Bill Walsh

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The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

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Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy

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Powering the Future

Powering the Future

Robert B. Laughlin

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The Supermen

The Supermen

Charles J. Murray

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Hunger of Memory

Hunger of Memory

Richard Rodriguez

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The Trial of Socrates

The Trial of Socrates

I. F. Stone

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Startup Playbook

Startup Playbook

Sam Altman

Y Combinator spends a lot of time advising startups. Though one-on-one advice will always be crucial, we thought it might help us scale Y Combinator if we could distill the most generalizable parts of this advice into a sort of playbook we could give YC and YC Fellowship companies. Then we thought we should just give it to everyone.

This is meant for people new to the world of startups. Most of this will not be new to people who have read a lot of what YC partners have written—the goal is to get it into one place.

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