Sam Altman for governor?
Y Combinator President Sam Altman might run for governor of California — or so says Willie Brown, who spent decades in the California State Assembly and served two terms as the mayor of San Francisco.
Brown slipped a few comments on Altman’s apparent interest in holding office into his Sunday column for the San Francisco Chronicle. Altman is considering running as soon as 2018, Brown said.
Altman, 32, told “Vice News Tonight” correspondent Nellie Bowles a month ago that he wanted to see a techie run for governor, but that he didn’t see himself in office.
“I don’t think charisma is my strength,” he said.
He has no experience as an elected official. But hey, neither does the president of the United States.
Here’s an excerpt from Brown’s column:
“I met up with Altman the other day. He was dressed in sneakers and jeans and was looking for advice.
I told him California has a history of millionaires running for public office on their own dime. Most wind up paying consultants a whole lot of money and losing.
Altman responded that he isn’t planning on running a traditional campaign and that if he gets in, he’d reach voters through digital intelligence — which, as far as I can tell, involves using analytics to market your message more precisely to your customers.
He’d go after young folks and immigrants who will be voting for the first time.”