Daniel Gross (entrepreneur)

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Daniel Gross
Occupation(s)Entrepreneur, Investor
Known forCue (search engine), Pioneer

Daniel Gross is an American entrepreneur who co-founded Cue (formerly Greplin) and later founded the startup accelerator Pioneer. Gross was born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1991.[1] In 2013, Cue was sold to Apple where Gross led machine learning efforts until joining Y Combinator as a partner in January 2017.[2] Gross is also a technology angel investor and contributor to the technology news site TechCrunch.[2]


In 2010, Gross was accepted in to the Y Combinator program. At the time, he was the youngest founder ever accepted. Gross launched Greplin (later renamed Cue).[3]

In 2011 Forbes named Gross one of "30 Under 30" in the "Pioneers in Technology" category.[4] In 2012, Business Insider named Gross one of the "25 under 25" in Silicon Valley,[5] and in 2014, the site named him one of "30 under 30 Influential Young People in Tech".[6]


In 2010, Gross launched Greplin, a search engine designed to allow the users to search online accounts (such as social media, email, and cloud storage) from one location without having to check each individually. In 2011, Greplin raised $4 million in funding from venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. At 19, Gross was one of Sequoia's youngest founders.[citation needed]

In 2012 the company renamed itself to "Cue" and launched an additional predictive search features.[7] In 2013, Apple acquired Cue for an undisclosed amount reported to be between $40 million and $60 million.[8]

Y Combinator and Artificial Intelligence[edit]

In 2017, Gross joined Y Combinator as a partner, where he focused on Artificial Intelligence.[9]

Later on, alongside Nat Friedman, Gross also made significant investments in the AI space through a fund called C2 Investments, as well as running an AI grant program that gives funding and Microsoft Azure credits.[10] In 2023, Gross and Friedman deployed the Andromeda Cluster, a supercomputer cluster consisting of 2,512 H100s GPUs for use by startups in their portfolio.[11][12]


In August 2018, Gross created Pioneer, an early-stage, remote startup accelerator and fund, focused on finding talented and ambitious people around the world.[13]


  1. ^ "Daniel Gross: Catalyzing Success". Farnam Street. Retrieved 2020-05-30.
  2. ^ a b Seibel, Michael (January 10, 2017). "Welcome Daniel, Nicole, Stephanie, Steven and Tatyana!" (Press release). Y Combinator. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Yasmine, Fatema (4 March 2011). "Greplin Founder Daniel Gross on his amazing story behind building the company [Interview]". The Next Web. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  4. ^ Barret, Victoria. "30 Under 30: Technology". Forbes.
  5. ^ Shontell, Alyson. "25 And Under: 25 Hot Young Stars In Silicon Valley Tech". Business Insider.
  6. ^ Barret, Victoria. "30 Under 30: Technology". Business Insider.
  7. ^ Gannes, Liz. "Greplin Recasts Itself as Cue, an Intelligent Personal Assistant App". AllThingsD.
  8. ^ Tsotsis, Alexia (October 3, 2013). "Apple Buys Cue For Over $40M To Compete With Google Now". TechCrunch. Retrieved 12 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Y Combinator has a new AI track, and wants startups building 'robot factory' tech to apply".
  10. ^ "Billion-Dollar AI Venture Fund Offers Elusive Nvidia Chips to Win Deals". June 20, 2023.
  11. ^ "Andromeda Cluster". June 20, 2023.
  12. ^ "Nvidia GPUs are so hard to get that rich venture capitalists are buying them for the startups they invest in". June 13, 2023.
  13. ^ "Wanted: 'Lost Einsteins.' Please Apply". Retrieved 2018-10-12.