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30 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Sam Altman. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Sam Altman, often where they are interviewed.

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30 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Sam Altman. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Sam Altman, often where they are interviewed.

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#4 - Sam Altman: Idea Generation

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Audio version of Sam Altman's Idea Generation post.

You can find the original text at https://blog.samaltman.com/idea-generation.

You can find the author on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sama.

Nov 20 2020 · 4mins
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#009: How To Be Successful – Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI

Oct 20 2020 · 18mins

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Ep. 03. Financial Strategies During A Pandemic with Sam Altman

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We are living in a time that future generations will ask us about. We are dealing with the Corona virus pandemic and it is causing a lot stress. Some of this stress is tied to our finances, so thankfully I didn’t have to look far for my guest. Sam Altman is the Principal of Full Cycle CFO which is a local accounting firm, he has his Masters in Business Administration, and Sam is my husband. Yes, Sam and I have different career fields, and yet also have similar career goals of being business owners and wanting to provide tools for our community.

In this episode Sam discusses how to be financially smart during this pandemic. We talk a little about our relationship and discussing finances – even when it’s challenging. And Sam also provides recommended tools for financial planning that can be utilized for your business and for your personal financial goals.

Some of these tools include the Business Model Canvas, a few finance planning apps, and how to utilize Microsoft Excel to create your own budget. Even if you already have tools in place, we need to adapt as quickly as possible during this time in order to be successful. Our world is going through a stressful time, so learn some tools on how to thrive when your cash flow has decreased.

Thank you again to Sam for being here. I am full of joy to have my husband as my first guest, but also to provide valuable resources during a scary time. Even though I can pick his brain often, I learned tools I will start implementing in my business and personally in order to try to get through this pandemic. A recession or a depression are probable for our future, so let’s start planning now in order to be successful.

Tools Discussed:

  • Business Model Canvas
  • Mint - App
  • YouNeedABudget - App
  • Utilizing Microsoft Excel
  • Cash Flow Frog

Sam Altman can be found at www.FullCycleCFO.com and welcomes you to reach out with any questions you may have about the information discussed in this podcast.


Questions for Emily? Contact her at www.ToolsForUs.com 

Apr 03 2020 · 43mins
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Sam Altman: Accelerating Biotech’s Metabolism

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Sam is one of the most prolific company builders in Silicon Valley. He’s also one of the first people I saw taking action to help fight COVID-19. In this episode, Sam and I discuss the investor’s perspective and role in helping with a crisis, how he thinks we’ll move on from the pandemic, and whether the pandemic will lead to a paradigm shift in work, science, and crisis prevention.

For those who want to get involved in the initiatives we discussed please visit:

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Mar 30 2020 · 44mins

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Sam Altman: Growing Up Silicon Valley

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According to investor and entrepreneur Sam Altman, the last decade of tech was the warm up... and Silicon Valley didn’t exactly get it right. The main event is even more pressing. Now the stakes are higher.

First Contact’s Laurie Segall met Sam ten years ago. Back then, he had a startup called Loopt. It was a location-based social networking app for your phone. Since then, Sam became a fixture in the tech world. Loopt didn’t take off, but he went on to run Y Combinator — one of the most valuable incubators in Silicon Valley. And his next act is OpenAI — an initiative he started with Elon Musk.

Sam is someone who’s driven by an inability to stay in the lines. He isn’t afraid to stand up and say things that might get him into trouble and has a history of taking a stand under bright lights and a podium.

In this episode of First Contact, Sam opens up about what is was like to come out as gay in a St. Louis high school in the early 2000s, the possibility of human/AI hybrids, and why the next ten years in tech will be more disruptive than the last.

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Feb 03 2020 · 1hr 6mins
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Lucky coffee, unicorn stumbles, and Sam Altman's YC wager

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Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

This week we had TechCrunch's Alex Wilhelm and Danny Crichton on hand to dig into the news, with Chris Gates on the dials and more news than we could possibly cram into 30 minutes. So we went a bit over; sorry about that.

We kicked off by running through a few short-forms to get things going, including:

  • Alex wanted to talk about his recent story on Lily AI's $12.5 million Series A. Canaan led the round into the ecommerce-focused recommendation engine that has a cool take on what people care about.
  • Danny talked about the acquisition of Armis Security to Insight for $1.1 billion, the VC round for self-driving forklift startup Vecna, and an outside-the-Valley round for Houston-based HighRadius.

Turning to longer cuts, the team dug into the latest from SoftBank, its Vision Fund, and the successes and struggles of its enormous startup bets. Leading the news cycle this week were layoffs at Zume, a robotic pizza delivery venture that is no longer pursuing robotic pizza delivery. Now it's working on sustainable packaging. Cool, but it's going to be hard for the company to grow into its valuation while pivoting.

Other issues have come up — more here — that paint some cracks onto the Vision Fund's sunny exterior. Don't be too beguiled by the bad news, Danny says, venture funds run like J-Curves, and there are still winners in that particular portfolio.

After that, we turned to China, in particular its venture slowdown. The bubble, in Danny's view, has burst. The story discussed is here, if you want to read it. The short version for the lazy is that not only has China's venture scene slowed down dramatically, but startups — even those with ample capital raised — are dying by the hundred. But one highly caffeinated Chinese startup continues to find growth in the world's greatest tea market.

Finally we hit on the Sam Altman wager and the latest from Sisense, which is now a unicorn. All that and we had some fun.

Jan 10 2020 · 37mins
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16: Better UX for Crypto, Molecular Programming, Successful Founders, and Sam Altman's Tweetstorm!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAWAPKMKFFo&t=1114s   and with this video, again the guest is Dr. Dominic Scalise


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Jan 07 2020 · 30mins
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Sam Altman’s bet against Slack

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Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines.

This week Kate and Alex broke the discussion into two main themes. The first dealt with early-stage companies, and the second, as you can imagine, later-stage affairs. Don't worry, we don't get to SoftBank for quite some time.

Up top, we dug into Kate's story about Quill, a formerly stealthy company that could be taking on Slack. That or something similar to Slack. Next, we turned to ManiMe, a startup in the beauty space that raised a smaller $2.6 million to take on a market that is valued in the billions.

After that it was time to leave the auspices of the early-stage market and move to, of all things, a public company. GrubHub reported earnings this week. It went poorly. Alex wanted to riff over the company's earnings report and what it could mean for startups that are competing with GrubHub, a leader in the food delivery space that DoorDash and Postmates would prefer to lead themselves.

What impact GrubHub may have on the highly-valued on-demand companies isn't clear yet, but will be pretty damn interesting to see when it does land.

Sticking to the later-stage markets, Alex dug into the problems at Wag which is struggling and looking for a sale despite raising a castle of cash from the Vision Fund. Kate followed that up with notes on problems at Katerra. The Information is reporting this week that the business is going through a number of layoffs and we're wondering if it will suffer the same fate of some of SoftBank's other investments.

And, finally, the changing face of things at SoftBank itself. The great money spigot is slowly cutting flow. How many unicorns that will strand isn't yet clear. But surely it can't be zero.

Nov 01 2019 · 30mins
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Sam Altman: Entrepreneurial prodigy, Y Combinator President and OpenAI CEO

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Sam started his first company at 19 – and has launched many more since then. From Y Combinator to OpenAI, his insights and determination spark inspiration. Hear Sam’s ideas about career motivation, and why he thinks the human brain may be replicable in silicon. 

Aug 22 2019 · 59mins
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Sam Altman on Loving Community, Hating Coworking, and the Hunt for Talent

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Founders aren’t superheroes, says Sam Altman.They may play extreme sports, respond to emails within seconds, and start billion-dollar companies, but they are rarely the product of extraordinary circumstance. In fact, they tend to be solidly upper-middle class, reasonably smart, and with loving parents. 

So would Sam fund Peter Parker? What about Bruce Wayne?

Tyler and Sam discuss these burning questions and more, including what’s wrong with San Francisco, Napoleon’s underrated skill, nuclear energy, the greatest invention of the Industrial Revolution, his rant against coworking spaces, UBI and AGI, risk and regret, optimism and beauty, and why venture capitalists don’t have superpowers either.

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Feb 27 2019 · 1hr 8mins