TC+ Roundup: AI folks fall into one of two camps

Good morning!

When it comes to news, the week of Thanksgiving is usually slower than molasses. But with the OpenAI drama — ousted founder; upset employees; etc. etc. — continuing to deliver exciting headlines on the company’s uncertain future, this week is anything but.

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That’s why I’d be remiss if I didn’t include at least one story related to everything that’s happened. But it’s not just another recap. Instead, it’s about how we need to understand the two camps of people who have opinions on how AI is being built and deployed: those who are interested in speed (E/ACC, short for "effective accelerationism") and those who want things to slow down (dubbed “decels”).

And don’t forget, we’ll be off Friday celebrating Thanksgiving. Happy Holidays, and see you next week!

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Strategizing your fintech exit in a turbulent market — top 3 questions to tackle

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A sign of a successful company is a completed exit. In the crowded fintech space, it’s not enough to just have a good product-market fit. Alex Axelrod, the founder and CEO of payment platform Uluky, shares his advice on how to tackle this complicated event. The best part, though, is that this advice is useful no matter which industry you’re in.

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There’s been a consistent shift from growth to efficiency over the last year, and some signals point to a strengthening economy. Does that mean we’ll be seeing a recovery next year, with startups once again growing and thriving? The answer may not be that simple.