📶 Altman's angel portfolio

The investments making Sam Altman wealthy, Trump joins TikTok, and climate tech companies face a now-or-never moment

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Something I’ve learned over the years is that 99.99% of people should not angel invest unless they want to burn money on fire.

But for every rule there is an exception, and in this case, Sam Altman is that exception.

Headlines today cover his angel portfolio, autonomous taxis, Trump on TikTok, and why climate tech companies are having a make-or-break moment.

Let’s get into it.


Altman’s angel portfolio 💰

  • It’s Crunchtime for a New Generation of Climate Startups (WSJ)

  • The Opaque Investment Empire Making OpenAI’s Sam Altman Rich (WSJ)

  • Trump joins TikTok, outpaces Biden campaign for followers in hours (Axios)

  • Microsoft lays off over 1,000 employees in cloud, mixed reality group (The Information)

  • Air taxi startups are prepping for pilot-free flights (Axios)

  • "Not your mom's Facebook:" Inside Meta's plan to win back the youth (Axios)

  • WndrCo officially gets into venture capital with fresh $450M across two funds (TechCrunch)

  • Storyblok raises $80M to bring more AI into its ‘headless’ CMS aimed at non-technical people (TechCrunch)

  • Ian Osborne’s Hedosophia leads $100M raise for pre-revenue fusion startup (Pitchbook)

  • Creandum collects €500 for European founders (Venture Capital Journal)

  • Valar Labs Secures $22M Series A (VC News Daily)

  • CoreWeave Raises $1.1B Series C Funding (VC News Daily)

  • Plenful Lands $17M Series A Round (VC News Daily)

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Energy Capital Partners



Clean Energy Ventures



Solamere Capital



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