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First Block with Daniela Amodei, President and Co-founder at Anthropic

By Anastasia Crew

Head of Notion for Startups

1 min read

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Welcome to First Block, a Notion series where founders and executives from the world's leading companies tell us about the many “firsts” of their startup journeys. Hosted by our Co-founder and COO Akshay Kothari, this series explores the many ups and downs that founders face as they build their companies, and what they've learned along the way.

Daniela Amodei is the Co-Founder & President at Anthropic. Anthropic is an AI research company that builds reliable, interpretable, and steerable AI systems. Their first product is Claude, an AI assistant that can handle tasks at any scale.

In this episode, we do a deep-dive into:

  • The importance of a strong founding team

  • The evolution of responsibilities at a fast-growing company

  • Balancing Honesty, Helpfulness, and Harmlessness in AI Development

  • How AI is rapidly changing and its future

  • Why user feedback is important for product development

What’s in this episode:

  • 00:00 Intro

  • 02:09 Starting a Company with a Sibling

  • 04:49 Co-Founder Relationships

  • 07:33 Building Anthropic

  • 11:07 Early Hiring

  • 14:06 Claude 2

  • 22:41 Rapid Evolution of AI

  • 29:16 Future of AI

  • 32:32 Community Feedback Loop

  • 35:54 A Day in the Life of Daniela Amodei

Read the full transcript here:

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