Why Bolt founder Ryan Breslow is calling Stripe and Y Combinator the “Mob Bosses of Silicon Valley”

At the ripe old age of 27, Ryan Breslow has already notched a list of big achievements. He’s built one-click payment platform Bolt into an $11 billion company, bringing his personal net worth to over $850 million. He’s also elevated his profile and won public esteem by advocating for a four-day work week.

Now he’s apparently trying to tackle another intriguing challenge — exposing Silicon Valley’s secret power structure.

Earlier this week, he posted a tweet thread (which has since gone wildly viral) calling payments giant Stripe and startup incubator Y Combinator “the Mob Bosses of Silicon Valley.” In the thread, he detailed how his first 7 years as a startup founder were “brutal,” beginning with being rejected by the influential startup accelerator, and then struggling to get traction with venture capital firms.

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