Sam Altman Names Y Combinator’s New “Board Of Overseers”

Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, has just posted a blog post announcing the Board of Overseers at the world’s most successful accelerator.

The list includes Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky, Homejoy’s Adora Cheung, John and Patrick Collison of Stripe, Dropbox’s Drew Houston, longtime partner and co-founder at YC Jessica Livingston, Weebly founder and CEO David Rusenko, Kiko co-founder and Justin.TV CTO Emmett Shear, and Sam Altman himself.

All of the members of the board of overseers are former graduates of Y Combinator, with the exception of Jessica Livingston, and will help guide the organization in big decisions, especially in matters that involve the hiring and firing of the president.

This is a much lighter touch than a board of directors and is modeled after what universities do.

Y Combinator has been going through a number of changes lately, most notably the succession of Sam Altman to the president position after co-founder Paul Graham stepped down in February.

You can check out a copy of the blog post below:

I’m delighted to announce the new Board of Overseers for Y Combinator.

The members are: Brian Chesky, Adora Cheung, John Collison, Patrick Collison, Drew Houston, Jessica Livingston, David Rusenko, Emmett Shear, and me.

I’ve worked with everyone on this list. They are all great and care deeply about YC—we’re very lucky to have them. They’ll help ensure YC thrives for a long time.

The Board will be responsible for hiring and firing the YC President, and occasionally helping with strategic direction. Hopefully it doesn’t have to meet very often.