by Sam Altman7/28/2016
We’re excited to welcome a few new people to YC:
Dominika Blackappl is joining YC as a part-time partner. She is an industrial and user experience designer who cofounded and led 5 startups, two of which had successful exits. Prior to that, Dominika ran her own design firm and spent time at IDEO.
John Collison is joining YC as a part-time partner. John is the cofounder of Stripe (YC S10), which he started while he was studying physics at Harvard. Edit: John Collison is no longer a part-time partner.
Domonique Fines is joining YC as Head of Events. Domonique comes to us from frog Design where she did office management and events. Domonique is a native of Oakland, CA and got her bachelor’s from Clark Atlanta University.
Ben Holzman is joining the YC Continuity team as a part-time partner. Ben has expertise in enterprise and infrastructure software companies. Most recently, Ben was a Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures, where he spent over 8 years investing in and building software companies.
And finally, we’re happy to welcome Harjeet Taggar to YC’s Board of Overseers. He’ll be taking over Adora’s spot, since she joined us as a full-time partner. Harj was a partner at YC until he left to start Triplebyte (YC S15). And before that he founded Auctomatic (YC W7).
Welcome to YC!
Sam Altman is the CEO of OpenAI. He was the president of YC from 2014-2019. He studied computer science at Stanford, and while there, worked in the AI lab.