Y Combinator Names Venture Capitalist Garry Tan As Its Next President

Y Combinator has tapped an outsider as its next president—sort of.

The storied Bay Area-based accelerator has chosen venture capitalist and Y Combinator alum Garry Tan to serve as the fourth leader in its 17-year history. Come January, Tan will replace president Geoff Ralston, who took the mantle in 2019.

“This is a community where people’s dreams, more or less, are fulfilled in a lot of ways,” Tan tells Forbes in an exclusive interview. “The chance to come back and help make that happen is a one in 10 billion lifetimes kind of thing.”

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