Much of his advice follows YCs standard imperative to transparency: if youre worried about investors responses to a setback, just tell them; if youre mystified by what a potential customers silence portends, just ask them. Its the knottier questions that elicit his cleaving judgments. Dont worry about a competitor until theyre beating you in the market, Altman told the founders of Elucify at his dining table one afternoon. Competitors are one of the last monsters that haunt your dreams. A few minutes later, he was on speakerphone with Varden Labs, a Canadian self-driving-vehicle company. As

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