Paul Graham had once said something and pogroms. Obviously a fan of Sam Altman because he program started Y combinator and then he put Sam Altman in charge of it and Sam Oatman was by no means the most successful YC alumni at the time I think his company sold for 30 million but it was kind of like many ways a failure. It didn't succeed,
it raised 40 in it. Sold for thirty. Yeah, exactly.
And I think you got some out of it but you know, whatever. But Paul Graham wants said like, he's like when I was talking to Sam Altman. I think maybe for the first time or second time, he's like, I had this thought, oh, this is what it would have been like to talk to Bill Gates at 21 and I like that's like pretty high praise for somebody. So I thought that was like pretty cool, pretty cool description, pretty good to see ya.
And then there's a lot of weird things about Altman that I love. I should come up with a better word than weird but peculiar things. So, for example, listen to this sentence, In a class that augment taught at Stanford in 2014. So, which by the way, it tells of 14, he must've been like 28, he remarked that the formula for estimating is startups, chance, of success. Is something like, idea, times product times execution, times teen times lock, where luck is a random number between 0 and 10 thousand and like, like little lines like that. I just think it's crazy that someone thinks like that and it just it's peculiar. It's exciting. It's really neat. There's another story where he He's working with the with Brian chesky, the CEO of Airbnb and they're about to pitch in front of everyone at YC and there's this great line where he says Brian chesky goes. I attribute a lot of our success to Sam Altman and YC. And they're like, well, why? He was like, well, right before our deck they we had a limited project, we had our deck, it was all built out. We had limited our projected revenue on the deck, to 30 million dollars chesky said, Sam stalked us and looked at us and goes Do me a favor, take all those M's, you know the 30 million and change them to B's Altman that recalls telling them either you don't believe everything you said in the rest of the deck of a, how big this is going to be or you're ashamed. Or I just can't do math. Yeah. And he just said, change all the ends to bees and I think like that weird type of thing is actually pretty interesting. Yeah,
people who can cut through the noise and just like get straight to the heart of it.