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Since his conviction, Sam Bankman-Fried’s multi-hundred-million-dollar bet on Anthropic, the effective altruist-aligned A.I. company, has looked increasingly prescient.
SILICON VALLEY January 2, 2024
Sam Bankman-Fried’s prescient investment in Anthropic—now worth multiple billions—might help make his defrauded FTX investors whole. How will this impact his parents? His narrative? Or even his sentencing?
WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum has stepped into the political spotlight with a massive bet on Nikki Haley—$10 million and counting.
SILICON VALLEY December 19, 2023
Jan Koum sold his business to Facebook for $19 billion with plans to retire at 45, play ultimate frisbee, and collect rare Porsches. Somehow, he became the next Sheldon Adelson instead.
SILICON VALLEY December 12, 2023
As the countdown to Iowa gets real, the Republican megadonor class is increasingly resistant to burn their cash and end up on Trump’s latest enemies list. Will the cavalry ever come?
A group of aides with close ties to Sam Altman, the OpenAI founder, quietly launched a new super PAC to boost Phillips
SILICON VALLEY December 8, 2023
A group of tech insiders has quietly raised a half-million bucks to launch a new super PAC backing Dean Phillips, the long-shot Democratic presidential challenger.

Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis speaks to guests during a campaign rally at the Thunderdome on December 02, 2023, in Newton, Iowa.
SILICON VALLEY December 5, 2023
As his operation falls further into disarray, everyone is pissed at everyone else, and the money guys behind the scenes are having to make tough calls. Plus: a scoop on WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum’s $5 million investment in Haley.
Republican presidential candidate former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley stands on stage during a break in the NBC News Republican Presidential Primary Debate on November 8, 2023, in Miami, Florida.
SILICON VALLEY November 28, 2023
Fear is growing within the Republican billionaire class that the party’s moneymen have lost any ability to elevate an alternative to Trump. Why would things be different for Nikki Haley?
Former OpenAI Chief Executive Officer Sam Altman speaks during an event at Keio University on June 12, 2023, in Tokyo.
SILICON VALLEY November 21, 2023
What Sam said at Stanford when confronted about ChatGPT. What people think of Sam’s effective-altruist board member Helen Toner. And what the hell happened at OpenAI.
Daniel Lurie has become something of a boundary-crossing, even contradictory, figure—between the haves and have-nots, the tech workers and the city’s true locals.
SILICON VALLEY November 14, 2023
Daniel Lurie, the charming Levi Strauss heir running to be San Francisco’s next mayor, is ideally positioned to be the outrage vessel for the Pac Heights crowd. So why is Silicon Valley skeptical of his campaign?

Sam Altman has some eclectic views that don’t fit neatly into progressive dogma—but like most liberals in tech, he has been deeply unnerved by the real and growing threat of a second Donald Trump presidency.
SILICON VALLEY November 7, 2023
Sam Altman, the OpenAI chief, has taken a profound interest in testing which Democrat could best challenge Trump in 2024. After talking with many of the party’s top operatives, he became convinced it was not Joe Biden. But… Dean Phillips?
There’s never been a defendant quite like Sam Bankman-Fried.
SILICON VALLEY October 31, 2023
The financial trial of the century is wrapping up the only way it ever could: with Sam Bankman-Fried betting big on himself.
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