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This Week at YC

June 9th, 2024

Hey all β€”

Garry here, jumping in for Greg this week to open the newsletter.

A few weeks ago I went to DC as a voice for startups and little tech to speak with policymakers and leaders from both of the major parties. You can read all about why here, but the short version: the world is at a pivotal moment in the development of AI, and we can’t let the biggest companies be the only ones with a voice.

We need policy that promotes fair, open, and competitive markets. Policy that prioritizes open source AI models, fosters competition, and moves us forward with steps like the FTC’s recent decision to ban employee noncompetes. We need policies that can help little tech thrive and which make room for new entrants; this is how we make American innovation truly bloom.

Whether or not you care about politics, politics cares about you. The decisions being made in the weeks and months ahead will steer the future of tech and startups for decades, and the only way to have a voice is to speak up. Find more about our trip, and what we shared in our conversations, here.

- Garry Tan

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🌎 YC Community

Highlights and news from around YC
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πŸš€ The Launchpad

Some of the most recent YC companies and product launches 
Keep every lead on your website engaged with a dedicated AI agent.
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Layup turns your product usage data into touchpoints that drive retention and growth.
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πŸ”₯ Hacker News

Top posts from this week
  1. How many photons are received per bit transmitted from Voyager 1? (physics.stackexchange.com)
    1022 points by williamsmj | 195 comments

  2. Microsoft AI spying scandal: time to rethink privacy standards (spectrum.ieee.org)
    906 points by walterbell | 377 comments

  3. Show HN: I made a tiny camera with super long battery life (toaster.llc)
    838 points by davekeck | 298 comments

  4. Hacking millions of modems and investigating who hacked my modem (samcurry.net)
    830 points by albinowax_ | 273 comments

  5. Vulkan1.3 on the M1 in one month (rosenzweig.io)
    822 points by todsacerdoti | 354 comments

  6. I'm forking Ladybird and stepping down as SerenityOS BDFL (awesomekling.substack.com)
    822 points by zmodem | 261 comments

  7. Super Heavy has splashed down in The Gulf of Mexico (twitter.com)
    811 points by thepasswordis | 853 comments

  8. You'll regret using natural keys (blog.ploeh.dk)
    732 points by thunderbong | 551 comments

  9. Israel reportedly used fake social accounts to garner support from US lawmakers (www.haaretz.com)
    718 points by frob | 662 comments

  10. Boeing Starliner launches first crewed mission (www.bbc.co.uk)
    641 points by helsinkiandrew | 684 comments
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