Jessica Livingston

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Jessica Livingston in 2007

Jessica Livingston is an American author and a founding partner of the seed stage venture firm Y Combinator.[1][2] She also organized Startup School.[3] Previously, she was the VP of marketing at Adams Harkness Financial Group.[4] She has a B.A. in English from Bucknell University.[5] She is a 1989 graduate of Phillips Academy, Andover.[6]

In early 2007, Livingston released Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days (published by Apress), a collection of interviews with famous startup founders, including Steve Wozniak, Mitch Kapor, Ray Ozzie, and Max Levchin.[7]

In 2008, she married fellow Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham.[8][9]

In December 2015, it was announced that Livingston is one of the financial backers of OpenAI, a for profit company aimed at the safe development of artificial general intelligence.[10]


  1. ^ "How Y Combinator Schools Tech Startups". Fast Company. 2009-04-01. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  2. ^ "The Start-up Guru: Y Combinator's Paul Graham, Page 2". 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  3. ^ "2011 Startup School". Retrieved 2012-07-05.
  4. ^ "Jessica Livingston: Executive Profile". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  5. ^ Y Combinator bio page
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  7. ^ Taulli, Tom (30 May 2007). "Foolish Book Review: "Founders at Work"". The Motley Fool.
  8. ^ "Where are we going?". 2008-10-26. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
  9. ^ "Congrats to PG on getting hitched". 2008-06-02. Retrieved 2008-11-14.
  10. ^ Priestly, Theo (December 11, 2015). "Elon Musk And Peter Thiel Launch OpenAI, A Non-Profit Artificial Intelligence Research Company". Forbes. Retrieved December 11, 2015.