Sam Altman grapples with tech’s political moment

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Y Combinator chief Sam Altman has been an influential voice in the tech world since he took over the startup accelerator in 2014, thanks to the organization's track record of picking startups that win big. Now the Trump era has nudged him into politics.

In recent months Altman has met with Trump voters, worked on an "ethics pledge" for tech, and tried to recruit a candidate for governor of California — sparking chatter he might run himself. He pushed back on that talk, though later told Axios:

"I've learned a long time ago, I don't talk about things YC is going to do, I don't talk about things I'm going to do until we do them, just as a matter of policy."