Friday 22 February 2019

The Big Tech Show: Ideas wanted: the Apple tech whizz who wants to help your startup

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Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

This week, Adrian talks to Daniel Gross, who grew up in Israel and went to Silicon Valley as a teenager to seek fame and fortune through the famous accelerator, Y Combinator.

He set up a company called Cue and sold it to Apple for a reported $35m in 2013 before going to work for the tech giant. Last year, he left Apple to become a partner in Y Combinator and now he’s a founder of Pioneer, which says that it is looking for ‘lost Einsteins’ or talented young people who aren’t getting a chance in life.

His thesis is that there’s massive potential in young people who are missing out because they don’t come from the ‘right’ background.

Pioneer is being backed by Patrick Collison and the famous investor and former Netscape founder Marc Andreesen, who are both helping to fund it.

Adrian and Daniel talk about his life, what inspired him and why he wants to help people get ahead.

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