Meet Sam Altman, the OpenAI CEO who learned to code at 8 and is a doomsday prepper with a stash of guns and gold

Sam Altman is well known in the startup scene in Silicon Valley.

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OpenAI just launched its text-to-video program called Sora.
Before that, he was well known in Silicon Valley as president of startup accelerator Y-Combinator.
Here’s how the serial entrepreneur got his start — and ended up helming one of today’s most-watched companies.

OpenAI launched its text-to-video model Sora.
Sora is still being tested, but OpenAI and Sam Altman are showing off what it can do.

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Last week, Sam Altman-led OpenAI unveiled Sora to the public. The program — named after the Japanese word for “sky” — creates up to 0ne-minute long videos from text prompts. 

“We’re teaching AI to understand and simulate the physical world in motion, with the goal of training models that help people solve problems that require real-world interaction,” OpenAI wrote in Sora’s announcement.

Sora is still in the midst of risk and harm assessments by red teamers, but Altman is already showing off its capabilities on social media.

Here’s what Altman’s life and career have been like up until now.

 

Sam Altman, 38, grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. He learned how to program and take apart a Macintosh computer when he was 8 years old.

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Source: The New Yorker

 

He told The New Yorker that having a Mac helped him with his sexuality. Altman came out to his parents when he was 16.

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“Growing up gay in the Midwest in the two-thousands was not the most awesome thing,” he told The New Yorker. “And finding AOL chat rooms was transformative. Secrets are bad when you’re eleven or twelve.”

Source: The New Yorker

He attended John Burroughs School, a private, non-sectarian college-preparatory school in St. Louis.

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Altman came out as gay to the whole community after a Christian group boycotted an assembly at his school that was about sexuality.

“What Sam did changed the school,” his college counselor, Madelyn Gray, told The New Yorker. “It felt like someone had opened up a great big box full of all kinds of kids and let them out into the world.”

Source: The New Yorker

Altman studied computer science at Stanford University for two years before he and two of his classmates dropped out to work full time on their mobile app, Loopt, that shared a user’s location with their friends.

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Source: The New Yorker

Loopt was part of the first group of eight companies at startup accelerator Y Combinator. Each startup got $6,000 per founder, and Loopt was in the same batch as Reddit.

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Loopt eventually reached a $175 million valuation, but it didn’t garner enough interest, so the founders sold it for $43 million in 2012.

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The $43 million sale price was close to how much it had raised from investors. The company was acquired by Green Dot, a banking company known for prepaid cards.

One of Loopt’s cofounders, Nick Sivo, and Altman dated for nine years, but they broke up after they sold the company.

It’s unclear what Altman’s current net worth is.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, All Things Digital, Y Combinator, The New Yorker

After Loopt, Altman founded a venture fund called Hydrazine Capital, and raised $21 million. That included a large part of the $5 million he got from Loopt, and an investment from billionaire entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel.
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Altman invested 75% of that money into YC companies, and led Reddit’s Series B fundraising round.

He told The New Yorker, “you want to invest in messy, somewhat broken companies. You can treat the warts on top, and because of the warts the company will be hugely underpriced.”

In 2014, at the age of 28, Altman was chosen by Y Combinator founder Paul Graham to succeed him as president of the startup accelerator.
Sam Altman, chief executive officer of Y Combinator, speaks to reporters on the first day of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 11, 2017 in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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While he was YC president, Altman taught a lecture series at Stanford called “How to Start a Startup,” in the fall of 2014.

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In 2015, Altman was featured on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for venture capital at age 29.
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After he became YC president, he wanted to let more science and engineering startups into each batch. He chose a fission and a fusion startup for YC because he wanted to start a nuclear-energy company of his own. He invested his own money in both companies and served on their boards.
Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator and co-chairman of OpenAI, attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 8, 2016 in Sun Valley, Idaho.

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Mark Andreessen, cofounder of venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, said, “Under Sam, the level of YC’s ambition has gone up 10x.”

Source: The New Yorker

Altman once told two YC founders that he likes racing cars and had five, including two McLarens and an old Tesla. He also said he likes renting planes and flying them all over California.
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Altman told the founders of the startup Shypmate that, “I prep for survival,” and warned of either a “lethal synthetic virus,” AI attacking humans, or nuclear war.

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“I try not to think about it too much,” Altman told the founders in 2016. “But I have guns, gold, potassium iodide, antibiotics, batteries, water, gas masks from the Israeli Defense Force, and a big patch of land in Big Sur I can fly to.”

Source: The New Yorker

Altman’s mom is a dermatologist and told The New Yorker, “Sam does keep an awful lot tied up inside. He’ll call and say he has a headache—and he’ll have Googled it, so there’s some cyber-chondria in there, too. I have to reassure him that he doesn’t have meningitis or lymphoma, that it’s just stress.”

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Altman has a brother, Jack, who is a cofounder and CEO at Lattice, an employee management platform. Along with their brother Max, the Altmans launched a fund in 2020 called Apollo that is focused on funding “moonshot” companies.
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“Moonshot” companies are startups that are financially risky but could potentially pay off with a breakthrough development.

Source: Insider

In 2015, Altman cofounded OpenAI with Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX at the time. Their goal for the non-profit artificial intelligence company was to make sure AI doesn’t wipe out humans.
Elon Musk and Sam Altman speak onstage during the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit on October 6, 2015 in San Francisco, California.

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“We discussed what is the best thing we can do to ensure the future is good?” Elon Musk told The New York Times in 2015. “We could sit on the sidelines or we can encourage regulatory oversight, or we could participate with the right structure with people who care deeply about developing A.I. in a way that is safe and is beneficial to humanity.”

Source: Insider, The New York Times

Some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent names pledged $1 billion to OpenAI along with Altman and Musk, including Reid Hoffman, the cofounder of LinkedIn, and Peter Thiel.
LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman is a financial backer of OpenAI.

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After the 2016 election, Altman, who tweeted that he voted against Donald Trump, said he decided to talk to 100 Trump supporters around the US to understand what they did and didn’t like about the president. He also wanted to know “what would convince them not to vote for him in the future.”
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In a thread on Twitter, Altman said he was “voting against Trump because I believe the principles he stands for represent an unacceptable threat to America.”

He also said Peter Thiel, who was still working with YC at the time, “is a high profile supporter of Trump,” and that, “I disagree with this.”

But, he said, “YC is not going to fire someone for supporting a major party nominee.”

YC and Thiel stopped working together a year later in 2017 for unspecified reasons.

During his interviews, Altman said he “did not expect to talk to so many Muslims, Mexicans, Black people, and women in the course of this project.”

He said almost everyone he approached was willing to talk to him, but they also didn’t want to share their names in fear of being “targeted by those people in Silicon Valley if they knew I voted for him.” Altman said one of the people he talked to in Silicon Valley made him sign a confidentiality agreement before talking because she was scared of losing her job for supporting Trump.

Source: Twitter, Sam Altman, Insider

Altman stepped down as YC president in March 2019 to focus on OpenAI. He stayed in a chairman role at the accelerator.
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At a StrictlyVC event in 2019, Altman was asked how OpenAI planned to make a profit, and he said the “honest answer is we have no idea.”
Former OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Elon Musk

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Altman said OpenAI had “never made any revenue,” and that it had “no current plans to make revenue.” 

“We have no idea how we may one day generate revenue,” he said at the time.

Source: TechCrunch

Altman became CEO of OpenAI in May 2019 after it turned away from being a nonprofit company into a “capped profit” corporation.
Sam Altman finished a global tour in June to sell AI as a force for good to leaders.

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“We want to increase our ability to raise capital while still serving our mission, and no pre-existing legal structure we know of strikes the right balance,” OpenAI said on its blog. “Our solution is to create OpenAI LP as a hybrid of a for-profit and nonprofit — which we are calling a ‘capped-profit’ company.”

Source: Insider, Fortune

Altman flew to Seattle to meet with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, where he demonstrated OpenAI’s AI models for him, WSJ reported. After that, OpenAI received a $1 billion investment from Microsoft in 2019.
President of Y Combinator, Sam Altman speaks at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2014 – Day 1 on May 5, 2014 in New York City.

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Current and former insiders at OpenAI told Fortune that after Altman took over as CEO, and after the investment from Microsoft, the company started focusing more on developing natural language processing.

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Altman and OpenAI’s chief scientist, Ilya Sutskever, said the move to focus on large language models is the best way for the company to reach artificial general intelligence, or AGI, a system that has broad human-level cognitive abilities. 

Source: Fortune

On October 21, 2021, Altman and his cofounders, Alex Blania and Max Novendstern, launched a global cryptocurrency project called Worldcoin, which wanted to give everyone in the world access to crypto by scanning their iris with an orb.
Worldcoin founders Alex Blania and Sam Altman

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The company was started in 2020, but stopped operating in a few countries in 2022 due to logistics issues. In January, the company recently tweeted that it has reached 1 million people and has onboarded over 150,000 first-time crypto users.

Source: Bloomberg, Insider, Twitter

 

Under Altman’s tenure as CEO, OpenAI released popular generative AI tools to the public, including DALL-E and ChatGPT.
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Both DALL-E and ChatGPT are known as “generative” AI, meaning the bot creates its own artwork and text based off information it has been fed.

After ChatGPT was released on November 30, Altman tweeted that it had reached over 1 million users in five days.

Source: Insider, Insider, Twitter

ChatGPT was made public so OpenAI could use feedback from users to improve the bot. A few days after its launch, Altman tweeted that it “is incredibly limited, but good enough at some things to create a misleading impression of greatness.”

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Altman tweeted that ChatGPT was “great” for “fun creative inspiration,” but “not such a good idea” to look up facts.

ChatGPT recently began testing a paid version of ChatGPT called “ChatGPT Professional” that is supposed to give better access to the bot. In December, Altman tweeted that OpenAI “will have to monetize it somehow at some point; the compute costs are eye-watering.”

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In January 2023, Microsoft again announced it was making a “multibillion dollar” investment into OpenAI. Although specifics of the investment were not shared, it is believed Microsoft’s investment is worth $10 billion.
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Before Microsoft’s investment, other venture capitalists wanted to buy shares from OpenAI employees in a tender offer that valued the company at around $29 billion.

Source: Insider, Fortune

Altman is still interested in nuclear fusion and invested $375 million in Helion Energy in 2022.
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“Helion is more than an investment to me,” Altman told TechCrunch. “It’s the other thing beside OpenAI that I spend a lot of time on. I’m just super excited about what’s going to happen there.”

He told TechCrunch that he’s “happy there’s a fusion race,” to build a low-cost fusion energy system that can eventually power the Earth.

Source: TechCrunch, CNBC

Last year, OpenAI launched its pilot subscription plan for ChatGPT Plus, which costs $20 a month.
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People who pay $20 a month for ChatGPT Plus get benefits such as access to the site even when traffic is high, faster responses from the bot, and first access to new features and ChatGPT improvements.

The subscription is only available for people in the US, and OpenAI said it will soon start inviting people on the waitlist to join.

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Altman wrote that OpenAI’s mission is to make sure AGI “benefits all of humanity. He laid out the company’s short term and long term expectations for AGI development in a blog post.

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“If AGI is successfully created, this technology could help us elevate humanity by increasing abundance, turbocharging the global economy, and aiding in the discovery of new scientific knowledge that changes the limits of possibility,” Altman wrote on OpenAI’s blog.

Despite its potential, Altman said AGI, or artificial general intelligence, comes with “serious risk of misuse, drastic accidents, and societal disruption.” But instead of stopping its development, Altman said “society and the developers of AGI have to figure out how to get it right.”

Altman went on to share the principles OpenAI “care about most,” including that “the benefits of, access to, and governance of AGI to be widely and fairly shared.”

Source: OpenAI

 

Altman said he and OpenAI are “a little bit scared” of AI’s potential as it continues to develop.
GPT-4 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer 4) is the latest multimodal large language model from Open AI, a successor to Chat-GPT. It was released to a limited audience on March 14, 2023.

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In an interview with ABC News, Altman said he thinks “people should be happy that we’re a little bit scared” of generative AI systems as they develop.

Altman said he doesn’t think AI systems should only be developed in a lab.

“You’ve got to get these products out into the world and make contact with reality, make our mistakes while the stakes are low,” he said.

Source: Insider, ABC News

 

 

 

In April 2023, OpenAI announced the option to turn off chat history in ChatGPT so the data can’t be used to train and improve its models.

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In a blog post, the company said it hopes the option to turn off chat history “provides an easier way to manage your data than our existing opt-out process.”

When a user turns off their chat history, new conversations will be kept for 30 days for OpenAI to review them for abuse, then are permanently deleted.

Source: OpenAI, Insider

In his first appearance before Congress, Altman told a Senate panel there should be a government agency to grant licenses to companies working on advanced AI.
Sam Altman testifies before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law in mid-May.

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Altman told lawmakers there should be an agency that grants licenses for companies that are working on AI models “above a certain scale of capabilities.” He also said the agency should be able to revoke licenses from companies that don’t follow safety rules.

“I think if this technology goes wrong, it can go quite wrong,” Altman said. “And we want to be vocal about that, we want to work with the government to prevent that from happening.” 

Source: Insider

OpenAI launched a ChatGPT app for iPhones and Android users.
OpenAI released its official ChatGPT app to iPhone users this week.

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The app, which is free, can answer text-based and spoken questions using Whisper, another OpenAI product that is a speech-recognition model. Users who have a subscription to ChatGPT Plus can also access it through the app.

Source: Insider, Insider

 

 

Altman met with leaders in Europe to discuss AI regulations and said OpenAI has “no plans to leave” the EU, despite his earlier concerns over the EU’s proposed AI Act.
OpenAI’s former CEO Sam Altman believes AI could surpass humanity in most domains in the next 10 years.

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At the start of his trip, Altman told reporters in London that he was concerned about the EU’s proposed AI Act that focuses on regulating AI and protecting Europeans from AI risks.

“The details really matter,” Altman said, according to the Financial Times. “We will try to comply, but if we can’t comply, we will cease operating.”

However, he shared on Twitter later in the week that OpenAI is “excited to continue to operate here and of course have no plans to leave.”

Source: Insider, Financial Times, Insider, Twitter

In an October interview, Altman expressed “deep misgivings” about people befriending AI.

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Altman made it clear that he doesn’t believe humans should try to be friends with AI in an interview during Wall Street Journal’s Tech Live event.

“I personally really have deep misgivings about this vision of the future where everyone is super close to AI friends, and not more so with their human friends,” Altman said.

 

On November 17, 2023, OpenAI announced that Altman would be no longer be the company’s CEO.
Mira Murati joined OpenAI in 2018 when it was only a nonprofit research lab.

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In November, the OpenAI board of directors announced that Altman would be stepping down from his role as CEO and leaving the board “effective immediately.”

In a blog post, the board said it “no longer has confidence in his ability to continue leading OpenAI,” and added that Altman was “not consistently candid in his communications.”

“We are grateful for Sam’s many contributions to the founding and growth of OpenAI,” a statement from OpenAI’s board says. “At the same time, we believe new leadership is necessary as we move forward.”

Altman issued his own statement via a post on X.

“i loved my time at openai. it was transformative for me personally, and hopefully the world a little bit. most of all i loved working with such talented people,” Altman wrote.

He added: “will have more to say about what’s next later.”

Days after the ouster, Sam Altman returned to the helm of OpenAI.
Altman returned to OpenAI days after his dismissal was announced.

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After a chaotic weekend over his firing, Altman and OpenAI announced that he would return to the tech company as CEO.

“We have reached an agreement in principle for Sam Altman to return to OpenAI as CEO with a new initial board of Bret Taylor (Chair), Larry Summers, and Adam D’Angelo,” the company wrote on X.

Correction: February 2, 2023 — An earlier version of this story defined AGI incorrectly and listed the incorrect age at which Altman was named president of Y Combinator. AGI in this context stands for artificial general intelligence. Altman became president of Y Combinator at 28, not 31.

In January, Altman confirmed he married his partner Oliver Mulherin.
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman (R) with his husband Oliver TK (L) at a White House dinner in late June.

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Altman is married. The OpenAI CEO married his partner Oliver Mulherin, and photos from the wedding began circulating social media in January.

An attendee of the wedding confirmed to Business Insider that the pictures weren’t AI-generated. His husband is an Australian software engineer who previously worked at Meta, according to his LinkedIn profile.

 

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Nikki Haley Fights Back Tears as She Talks About Deployed Husband

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In a rare sight of intense emotion, Nikki Haley fought back tears as she spoke about her husband’s deployment during a campaign speech in South Carolina on Tuesday afternoon.

Video of Haley’s speech—in which she announced she intends to stay in the 2024 GOP presidential race beyond South Carolina—shows her choking up as she begins speaking about her husband, Maj. Michael Haley.

Michael has been deployed to the Horn of Africa since June 2023 in what is his second stint overseas. Haley indicated she regularly worries his unit, the 218th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade of the South Carolina National Guard, could come under attack.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

DNC chair says the idea of replacing Biden as the Democratic nominee and winning the presidential election is ‘certifiably crazy’

President Joe Biden greets Jaime Harrison, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, at the organization’s summer meeting.

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Calls for Biden to drop out have increased following a recent US special counsel report.That doesn’t appear likely to happen anytime soon, especially after pushback from the DNC chair.He said the idea of usurping the nomination from Biden and then winning is “certifiably insane.”

The chairman of the Democratic National Committee said the idea of replacing President Joe Biden as the party’s candidate and winning the election in November is “certifiably crazy actually.”

DNC Chair Jaime Harrison made the comment in a late-night reply Monday on X to a Biden-supporting poster who said it’s “insane and frankly stupid” to think the party would “usurp the nomination” from Biden and choose a replacement behind closed doors, especially one who’s not current-Vice President Kamala Harris.

Certifiably crazy actually

— Jaime Harrison (@harrisonjaime) February 20, 2024

Calls for Biden to remove himself from the 2024 presidential race have risen in recent weeks following US special counsel Robert Hur’s report saying he shouldn’t be charged for crimes related to mishandled confidential documents, specifically citing his old age and poor memory.

Nevertheless, Super Tuesday, where roughly a third of the nation’s Democratic delegates will be doled out, is fast approaching. Biden and his campaign have not indicated he’ll drop out of the race anytime soon, meaning he could amass a majority of the delegates in due time and become the party’s presumptive nominee.

If Biden then chooses to step away from the election — or if the Democratic Party decides it wants to put someone else onto the ballot — the party’s running out of feasible replacement options.

Should Biden leave the race when he’s already built up a sizable delegate lead, the 2024 Democratic National Convention would then become “contested,” meaning no active candidate won a majority of the delegates. In that scenario, the delegates previously bound to support Biden could change their votes to a different candidate.

That hasn’t happened, though, since Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson said he wouldn’t run for reelection in 1968 after winning the New Hampshire primary in late March of that year.

The 1968 contested convention was chaotic — even dangerous at times — and the Democratic candidate chosen, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, lost in November by 110 electoral votes.

A recent poll from Emerson College in mid-February revealed Biden trailing Trump in support by 2 percentage points. When presented with alternative possible Democratic candidates against Trump, however, all but Vice President Kamala Harris trailed the former president by double digits.

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Judge Says Giuliani Can Appeal—But Not With His Own Cash

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A bankruptcy judge ruled on Tuesday that to appeal the $148 million ruling in his recent defamation case, Rudy Giuliani must acquire third-party funding that’s approved by the court.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane issued an order ruling that Giuliani’s financial situation is so precarious, that the fees required to appeal the verdict can’t come from Giuliani’s assets.

“Any fees and expenses incurred by the Debtor and his advisors in the Freeman Litigation in connection with any Post-Trial Filings and the Notice of Appeal shall not be paid by, and shall not result in a claim against, the Debtor or his estate,” Judge Lane wrote in the order filed Tuesday.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

Meet Cyrille Vigneron, the CEO of luxury jeweler Cartier who personally approves all of its designs

Cyrille Vigneron speaks at the Cartier Glory To The Filmmaker Award Ceremony in 2023 in Venice, Italy.

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Cyrille Vigneron has served as president and CEO of Cartier since 2016.He helped build the brand, known for its jewelry, into the second-largest watchmaker behind Rolex.He is married with four children and active on LinkedIn.

Founded in Paris in 1847, jeweler and watchmaker Cartier caters to a high-end clientele of royals, celebrities, and anyone seeking a quiet status symbol.

As the president and CEO of Cartier International, Cyrille Vigneron helped transform the once-struggling brand into the second-largest Swiss watchmaker in the world.

Here are seven things you might not have known about the CEO of Cartier.

Vigneron earned a degree in business administration from ESCP Paris in 1982.
Cyrille Vigneron, CEO of Cartier, in 2019.

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After graduating, he worked in manufacturing at Compagnie Générale d’Électricité and Pechiney. He told students at ESCP in 2019 that his career took him in unexpected directions.

“I was denied positions I had asked for, and was offered positions I had not asked for,” he said.

He began working for Cartier’s parent company, Richemont, in 1988.
Cyrille Vigneron (center) at a Cartier event in 2006.

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Vigneron later became the managing director of Cartier Japan and Cartier Europe. After a brief stint as president of rival LVMH Japan beginning in 2014, he was named president and CEO of Cartier in 2016, the Financial Times reported.

As president and CEO of Cartier, he helped reinvigorate the brand with new strategies.
Cyrille Vigneron speaks onstage during at a press conference in Milan, Italy, in 2020.

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When Vigneron first took over as president and CEO, he directed Cartier to buy inventory back from retailers to increase demand for the brand’s luxury watches and jewelry, the Australian Financial Review reported.

In 2017, Cartier offered free repairs to Panthère watches from the 1980s. The strategic move helped bring the vintage watches back in style — Cartier sold 15,000 of them that year.

In 2020, Forbes ranked Cartier 56th on its list of the world’s 100 most valuable brands with an estimated value of $12.2 billion.

A ranking of the top Swiss watch companies published in April 2023 by Morgan Stanley named Cartier the second-largest watchmaker behind Rolex, overtaking Omega for the No. 2 spot with 2.75 billion francs, or $3.1 billion dollars, in sales, Professional Watches reported.

“From a maison which was not born in watchmaking, it’s been remarkable to come to that level,” Vigneron told the watch website Hodinkee of the ranking.

With 60 new pieces released in 2023, Cartier’s watch business continues to boom, occupying an estimated 7% of the retail market share, according to the Morgan Stanley report.

Vigneron has also spearheaded social responsibility initiatives.
Cyrille Vigneron presents the launch of the first worldwide itinerant competition for women orchestra conductors, known as MAWOMA, in 2019 in Paris, France.

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Vigneron increased the total prize money for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards from $100,000 to $1 million to fund women-led startups, the Australian Financial Review reported. In addition, he helped launch MAWOMA, the first international competition for female orchestra conductors, in 2019.

“Really, the best thing you can do in business is empower women,” he told the outlet. “It changes everything.”

During his tenure as president and CEO, Cartier has launched 11 philanthropic projects around the world in partnership with Doctors Without Borders, according to Cartier’s official website.

He personally approves all of Cartier’s designs.
Cartier watches on display.

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“We have a creation committee where everything is approved,” Vigneron told Hodinkee. “I sign all the drawings. I approve them all, one by one.”

Vigneron is active on LinkedIn with over 111,000 followers.
Cyrille Vigneron speaks onstage in 2021.

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On LinkedIn, Vigneron posts philosophical musings about topics such as management, luxury, and identity.

“Part of my role is to think, to encourage others, and to be a source of inspiration,” he told SJX Watches in 2023 of his online presence. “In fact, I think the CEO should be a chief inspiration officer, not an autocrat or merely an executive.”

He is married and has four children.
Cyrille Vigneron and his family at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2023.

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Vigneron told SJX Watches that he wears two Cartier Love bracelets, one marking his 10th wedding anniversary and one for his 20th.

The bracelets start at $1,910, with more luxurious, diamond-encrusted models retailing for $62,000, according to Cartier’s website.

In 2023, he posted on LinkedIn that his youngest daughter, Aya, graduated from the International School of Geneva, which he called “a very touching and personal event.”

He has also been married once before, Fashion Network reported.

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Tom Sandoval Compares Himself to George Floyd and O.J.

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Tom Sandoval, the villain at the center of last year’s Vanderpump Rules cheating scandal, is doubling down on the victim narrative he’s been peddling ever since he was caught stepping out on his girlfriend of a decade, Ariana Madix, with co-star Rachel Leviss.

In a huge coup for the disgraced Sandoval, his latest platform is a beautifully photographed profile in the New York Times Magazine, published on Tuesday.

“It’s frustrating because, you know, everybody cashed in,” Sandoval said about the post-“Scandoval” media frenzy. “Everybody won on this. The cast, the execs, the network—everybody made so much money. But I try to put it on myself, to make the best opportunity out of it that I can.”

Read more at The Daily Beast.

How 5 trendsetters are transforming the art of data-driven customer experiences

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A staggering number of businesses are realizing the positive impact AI can have on marketing, personalization, and customer experience. But under the hood, AI efforts are only as good as the data powering them. 

Many companies have found, however, that forging data into AI-ready shape isn’t straightforward, as they discover that the customer data they have is often incomplete, inconsistent, and siloed across different business functions.

Building an effective data-driven personalization strategy requires leadership that inspires action and collaboration across a wide range of teams, including marketing, sales, customer success, product, and data engineering.

These five leaders have that inspiration ability. Plus, they’ve got the ability to combine business savvy with technical acumen to drive meaningful, cutting-edge results. They also just so happen to all be using Twilio’s customer engagement platform to give each individual customer a personalized experience at exactly the right time.

Read on to find out how these trendsetters are transforming the art of data-driven customer experience.

Alexandra Dimitriu

Alexandra Dimitriu, a senior systems manager at MongoDB, said that her job sits at the crossroads of technology and business: Building technical strategies to boost marketing and sales impact. 

Alexandra Dimitriu

Alexandra said that her experience has taught her a crucial lesson about customer engagement: “It is often more complex than it initially appears.” Details and implementation make an enormous difference and the best solution is not always the most advanced or complex. Focus on the customer and the most effective way of addressing their needs — the solution might be simpler than you think.

She has been exploring the potential for AI in marketing and customer engagement, collaborating with various companies to use AI for content creation, pattern recognition, and recommendation systems. She’s an avid user of ChatGPT and continues to discover new integration opportunities each day.

The future of data-driven marketing and customer experience will be increasingly personalized, Alexandra said — empowering even non-technical users to drive value from data and providing benefits to marketers and customers alike. “But we’re at a pivotal point,” she said, “where trust hangs in the balance.” It’s crucial over the next few years for marketers to make decisions that maintain users’ trust — considering factors “beyond mere profit.”

Brad Greene

The senior director of marketing technology at Camping World, Brad Greene oversees the company’s martech stack. He describes his typical day-to-day work as “solving puzzles” — using either existing tech that’s already in the company’s tech stack or else identifying new solutions to create positive experiences for customers.

Brad Greene

Camping World is currently using AI to determine the optimal times for sending messages to customers, which messaging will resonate, and which products they’ll be most interested in. Brad believes that AI is the future of digital marketing — enabling marketers to make full use of all the data they’ve been collecting and automating an increasing number of decisions in real-time.

But you don’t have to do it all at once. Brad recommends starting your data-driven journey with a single use case and an achievable goal.

The biggest lesson he’s learned about customer engagement? Camping World’s customers don’t mind hearing from the company. “Our customers want to hear from us, and hear from us often,” he said. “Frequency doesn’t matter as much, as long as the communication is relevant.”

Michaela Kron-Hags

As marketing campaign director at language education platform Duolingo, Michaela Kron-Hags leads global brand marketing campaigns tied to key moments throughout the year, from holidays like Halloween to pop culture moments like the Barbie movie. 

Michaela Kron-Hags

She is a big proponent of creating truly authentic customer connections, saying her biggest lesson learned is the importance of “taking the time to watch, listen, and learn about our customers’ and audiences’ interests and tailor our campaigns to authentically connect. Listening to our customers on social has led to some of our most successful efforts.”

Duolingo was an early adopter of AI, using large language models to personalize language lessons and accelerate content creation. Within marketing, Michaela’s team is experimenting with new ways to leverage generative AI for initial research on new audiences and often uses ChatGPT prompts in early brainstorming sessions. She notes the value of combining AI automation with skills that are innately human: “Working with AI-driven processes will enable marketers to focus their efforts on uniquely human talents, including strategy and storytelling. For us, the best ideas still come from the creative humans on our team!”

Jordan Dietch

Jordan Dietch is the VP of product, data & analytics at CraftJack, leading a team of product managers, data analysts, and data engineers who work with engineering, design, marketing, and sales. Their goal is to deliver the highest possible value products and features for their customers, who are home service professionals looking for home improvement projects.

Jordan Dietch

Jordan said he’s learned that, in many cases, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution that will work for every single customer. The company’s customers come in “all shapes and sizes,” he said. “Personalization is expected. It’s our role to deliver personalized experiences to engage with all our different customers.”

CraftJack is exploring how AI fits into its service offerings and is providing plenty of time for Jordan’s team to experiment and challenge the status quo, using the OpenAI API as well as internal data. Jordan fully expects that software development will accelerate in the future as engineers work alongside AI to write code faster, solving marketing and CX problems more quickly. Businesses unwilling to adapt to this high-speed, AI-powered pace will likely fall behind as customers begin to expect faster and faster changes, Jordan predicts.

His advice? Invest in a solid customer data foundation. If you skip this essential step, it will lead to scalability problems when building out a customer engagement strategy. By contrast, a well-built customer data platform offers “near-infinite possibilities for companies to engage with their customers.”

Corey Egan 

Corey Egan is the director of CRM at Orchard, overseeing a team that manages the end-to-end automation of outbound communications across the entire customer journey. That translates into nurturing leads, bringing them back into the sales funnel, and helping improve conversion rates across the funnel. Day to day, he said that means a lot of brainstorming on new ways to approach customer experiences, managing and optimizing campaigns, developing and maintaining customer data, and managing a CRM.

Corey Egan

Orchard, as a real estate company, has an extremely long consideration cycle. That means the company takes a lot of care to build up positive customer interactions and a consistent, holistic customer experience over a long period of time, which in turn requires careful coordination among marketing, product, engineering, and sales teams.

Corey recommends that leaders looking to implement data-driven customer engagement strategies invest resources early into building a cross-functional team focused on internal customer data. “Many companies silo these efforts and then wonder why customer experience is lacking,” Corey said. Instead, ensure that this team includes marketing, product, data engineering, and sales/CX leaders — and that one of its mandates is to define an internal framework for first-party data to ensure that the organization has consistent, reliable access to customer data. “When everyone is looking at customer experience through the same lens, it rapidly improves efficiency and collaboration,” Corey said.

Learn how to harness the power of your customer data with AI here.

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Iran-backed Houthi rebels just shot down an MQ-9 Reaper, costing the US another $30 million combat drone

An MQ-9 Reaper flies over the Nevada Test and Training Range on Aug. 30, 2023.

US Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Victoria Nuzzi

The Houthis shot down an American MQ-9 Reaper drone off the coast of Yemen on Monday.Two US officials told Business Insider the confirmation was based off of initial indications.It’s the second time the Iran-backed rebels have downed a Reaper drone since early November.

The Houthi rebels shot down an American MQ-9 Reaper drone off the coast of Yemen on Monday, two US officials confirmed to Business Insider.

It marks the second time since early November that the Houthis have managed to destroy a Reaper drone, and comes amid rising tensions between Western militaries and the Iran-backed rebels in the strategic Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

The Houthis claimed to have shot down the Reaper above western Yemen with a surface-to-air missile, and published footage purporting to show the incident and the subsequent wreckage. The claims were not immediately confirmed, and the video could not be verified.

But the US officials on Tuesday said initial indications were that the Reaper was, in fact, shot down by the Houthis off the coast of Yemen early Monday morning local time. A Pentagon spokesperson said the rebels used a surface-to-air missile to take down the drone, which has not yet been recovered by the US.

In this handout image provided by the Houthi media center, wreckage of an alleged US drone which Yemen’s Houthi group forces claim they shot down lies on the ground on Feb. 20, 2024 in Alhudaydah province, Yemen.

Photo by Houthi Movement via Getty Images

The incident comes less than three months after the Houthis shot down an American Reaper drone off the coast of Yemen as the aircraft was flying through international airspace. The rebels also successfully downed an MQ-9 with a surface-to-air missile in June 2019.

Reaper drones can be well-armed with Hellfire missiles and precision bombs, and are capable of operating at high altitudes for long periods of time. The MQ-9, which costs around $30 million and has a wingspan over 20 feet longer than an F-15 Eagle, can be used to collect valuable intelligence and carry out high-level strikes for the US military.

The Reaper can loiter for as long as a day, giving its remote pilots the power to rapidly destroy land targets spotted with Hellfires. These capabilities make the Reaper useful in the US efforts to stop Houthi missiles before they fire at international shipping.

It’s been a rough year for the Reaper. Over the past 12 months, Russian fighter jets have harassed and clipped the drones in Europe and the Middle East, breaking some of them and even causing others to crashdrawing frustration from the Pentagon.

In this handout image provided by the Houthi media center, wreckage of an alleged US drone which Yemen’s Houthi group forces claim they shot down lies on the ground on Feb. 20, 2024 in Alhudaydah province, Yemen.

Photo by Houthi Movement via Getty Images

The downed Reaper drone was not the only escalatory move by the Houthis over the past two days.

On Sunday evening local time, the rebels fired two anti-ship ballistic missiles at a commercial vessel, hitting it and causing damage, according to US Central Command, or CENTCOM. The incident forced the crew to issue a distress call, and they were taken to a nearby port by another commercial vessel.

Just a few hours later, on Monday, the Houthis fired more anti-ship ballistic missiles at a commercial vessel, causing minor damage. Later in the day, a one-way attack drone hit a merchant ship and caused minor damage, CENTCOM said in a Tuesday summary of the incidents.

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Fitbit Versa 4 vs. Versa 3: The last-gen Versa 3 is the better smartwatch and fitness tracker

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The last-gen Versa 3 (left) is a better wearable overall compared to the current-gen Versa 4.

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Fitbit’s Versa line of wearables are some of the best fitness trackers on the market. With accurate GPS, Bluetooth connectivity, and compatibility with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, most folks can benefit from their usefulness and versatility.

The current version is the Versa 4, a smartwatch we ultimately found to be a disappointing next step, and one that’s hardly an upgrade over the previous generation Versa 3. In fact, we still rate the Versa 3 as the top budget pick in our best Fitbit and best smartwatch guides.

The bottom line is this: The Versa 4 doesn’t change enough about the Versa 3 to justify its higher price point. Because Fitbit stopped selling the Versa 3, we recommend considering a refurbished model of the device instead of upgrading to the Versa 4. Here’s why.

Fitbit Versa 4 vs. Fitbit Versa 3: Specs

After thoroughly testing both models, we’ve conducted an extensive Versa 3 review and Versa 4 review. Below is an in-depth look at how they compare.

 

Fitbit Versa 4

Fitbit Versa 3

Price

Starts at $200

Up to $150

Display size

1.58 inches

1.58 inches

Case size

40.4mm

40.4mm

Compatibility 

Android and iOS

Android and iOS

Battery life

6+ days

<5 days

Fitness features

Blood oxygen, heart rate, built-in GPS, barometer, gyroscope

Blood oxygen, heart rate, built-in GPS, gyroscope, barometer

Color options

Graphite, Platinum, Copper Rose

Black/Black Aluminum, Midnight/Soft Gold Aluminum, Pink Clay/Soft Gold Aluminum

Water resistance

Down to 50 meters

Down to 50 meters

Cellular connectivity

No

No

Mobile payments

Yes

Yes

Fitbit Versa 4 vs. Fitbit Versa 3: Design

The design of the Versa 4 (left) is almost identical to the Versa 3.

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One of the reasons it’s hard to recommend the Versa 4 over the Versa 3 is they’re virtually identical. The only discernible hardware difference is the inclusion of a button on the left-hand side of the Versa 4. Pushing this button twice prompts Amazon’s Alexa assistant while holding it down displays a handful of your daily activity stats.

If you’re new to Fitbit, this feature likely won’t make much of a difference. Longtime Versa wearers will recognize it’s a reversal of Fitbit’s trend of cutting down on physical buttons with each iteration of the series. If nothing else, it serves as a metaphor for Fitbit’s approach to the Versa line of introducing an odd and unnecessary feature in the name of “newness.”

The Versa 3 has no buttons, mostly because it doesn’t need any. Alexa and Google Assistant still have complete functionality and everything like fitness data, trackable activities, and its various apps are easily accessible. That makes the inclusion of the button an entirely aesthetic one.

All other physical aspects of the Versa 4 remain the same as the Versa 3’s, from its 1.58-inch AMOLED screen to the touch controls for navigation. One could argue this is a classic case of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But since the Versa 4 doesn’t add anything new, we’re left wondering what the price jump is for.

(Pro tip: It’s the button. You’re paying $50 to $100 more for the button.)

Winner: Tie

Fitbit Versa 4 vs. Fitbit Versa 3: Smartwatch performance

One of our biggest gripes about the Fitbit Versa 4 is its lack of third-party app support. While development tools exist for anyone with a bit of coding ability and patience, Fitbit discontinued support for third-party apps on the Versa 4, so most people are stuck with whatever comes out of the box.

Many third-party apps are still listed on Fitbit’s website, so they should be available to download to the Versa 3 and other models. These include Spotify, Maps, and accounts for stores like Starbucks and Walgreens.

Winner: Versa 3

Fitbit Versa 4 vs. Fitbit Versa 3: Health and fitness tracking

The Versa 4 (left) has poor activity tracking due to spotty GPS syncing.

Rick Stella/Insider

The tracking features are roughly identical for the Versa 3 and 4, so there isn’t much of an upgrade. Both devices offer metrics for blood oxygen levels, sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, and compatibility with a wide range of exercises like trail running, snowboarding, and cycling.

There is one major thing to consider, though: We ran into significantly more issues with the built-in GPS while using the Versa 4 to track activities. Oftentimes, the device struggled to sync to GPS and even fell short in estimating distance readings during those lapses. For those looking for a reliable fitness tracker, we can’t recommend the Versa 4 to fill that need.

And while the Versa 4 does a decent job tracking the other things listed above, the fact the Versa 3 is a better activity tracker and offers accurate health tracking makes it the favorite in this category. It’s a far more accurate watch that costs upward of $100 less.

Winner: Versa 3

Fitbit Versa 4 vs. Fitbit Versa 3: Battery life

Finally, the Versa 4 can boast one advancement: The battery life is markedly better than the Versa 3’s.

The Versa 4, according to our tests, lasts around six days depending on GPS usage. The Versa 3 maxed out at approximately five days of use with heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, and exercise recording throughout. Additionally, this required the always-on display feature to be, well, always off.

But that extra day of battery life doesn’t buy much, considering the stunted functionality of the Versa 4. More time on a less-usable device isn’t necessarily an improvement.

And considering how fast the Versa 4 charges, it’s especially disappointing how little the device does. In our full review, we found you can get an entire day’s use from just 12 minutes of charge time, which would be a massive achievement for any other device. But most people won’t be using sleep tracking, exercise routines, or GPS for all 24 hours of the day, and the Versa 4 offers little else to fill that time with.

Winner: Versa 4

Which should you buy?

Fitbit no longer sells the Versa 3 on its website but the device is still available from third-party retailers like Amazon. It may be more difficult to find as time goes on but its lower price tag and superior functionality to the Versa 4 makes the Versa 3 the clear winner in a head-to-head matchup.

It’s important to note that both devices have severe downsides that will only get more cumbersome in the long run. For the Versa 3, it’s the discontinuation of the device itself and the lack of overall official and community support that comes with that.

For the Versa 4, it’s the company’s decision to abandon third-party apps, severely limiting the growth of the ecosystem these devices rely on. Not to mention the fact it’s a subpar activity tracker. It is a Fitbit, after all, so that’s extremely disappointing.

If you’re interested in a device that has more long-term support, we recommend considering other wearable brands that are often worth the higher cost for their durability and functionality. These include the best Apple Watches, the best running watches, and the best Android smartwatches.

Overall winner: Versa 3

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What is Crunchyroll? The anime streaming service, explained

Crunchyroll is a streaming platform focused on Anime shows and movies.

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Anime, or Japanese animation, has become so mainstream that it’s now accessible to audiences worldwide. Most major streaming services, like Netflix and Hulu, offer a selection of popular titles. However, if you’re looking for one service that just about has it all, Crunchyroll should be at the top of the list. 

Crunchyroll is home to hundreds of anime series and movies, old and new. From classics like “Akira” and “One Piece” to new hits like “Jujutsu Kaisen” and “Spy x Family,” you’re sure to find what you’re looking for in its library. After its recent merger with Funimation, it has more to offer than ever.

Here’s what you need to know about Crunchyroll, including how much it costs and how to watch for free.

What is Crunchyroll?

Crunchyroll is a subscription streaming service owned by Sony that specializes in everything anime. Members can choose between three Premium plans or stream a limited content selection for free. 

Crunchyroll’s Premium tiers have the most extensive library of anime titles compared to any major streaming service. The only notable series you won’t find on Crunchyroll are originals exclusive to other platforms, like Netflix’s “The Seven Deadly Sins” or Hulu’s “Tokyo Revengers.”

Crunchyroll also recently merged with Funimation, expanding its library even more. Existing Funimation subscribers can simply log in to Crunchyroll using their account credentials to activate their merged membership. 

In addition to streaming, Crunchyroll has the Crunchyroll Game Vault, a catalog of video games included with some of its Premium plans, and the Crunchyroll Store, an online shop dedicated to anime, manga, and related merch like figures and apparel.

How much is Crunchyroll Premium?

To watch everything on Crunchyroll, you must sign up for one of its Premium plans. Crunchyroll offers three subscription tiers with different benefits:

Fan: $8/month for ad-free access on one device at a time.Mega Fan: $10/month for ad-free access on up to four devices simultaneously, offline viewing, the Crunchyroll Game Vault, and discounts at the Crunchyroll store. Ultimate Fan: $15/month for ad-free access on up to six devices simultaneously, offline viewing, the Crunchyroll Game Vault, store discounts, free shipping, and exclusive swag after one year.

All Crunchyroll plans are paid on a month-to-month basis, and you can cancel at any time. Check out our guide on how to cancel a Crunchyroll membership for more details.  

Is there a Crunchyroll free trial for Premium memberships?

If you want to try Crunchyroll Premium for free, each plan offers a 14-day trial for first-time subscribers. Your subscription will automatically renew after your trial, but you can cancel anytime. 

Does Crunchyroll have a free plan?

Crunchyroll offers a free tier with limited access and ad support. It includes a rotating selection of titles that users can watch with or without a Premium plan. These can include a full series with multiple seasons or just a few episodes to whet your appetite. 

As of this writing, the list includes popular romance anime like “Ouran High School Host Club” and “My Dress-Up Darling.”

What devices support the Crunchyroll app?

You can access the Crunchyroll app on various devices, like your iPhone, Android smartphone, PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and Samsung smart TVs, as well as media players from Amazon, Apple, and Roku. You can check out the Crunchyroll site for a full list of supported devices.

What can I watch on Crunchyroll?

“One Piece” is a popular anime series that you can watch on Crunchyroll.

Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll is known for its extensive library of anime titles, including series, movies, OVAs, and even music videos. It’s also one of the few places you can watch anime the same day it releases in Japan, also known as simultaneous broadcasts or “simulcasts.” 

From the season’s latest hits to classic series, Crunchyroll has you covered. Here’s a list of popular recent releases you can find on the service:

“Bocchi the Rock!””Chainsaw Man””Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba””Jujutsu Kaisen””Mashle: Magic and Muscles””Mobile Suit Gundam the Witch from Mercury””Ranking of Kings””Spy x Family””Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead”

If you’re looking to catch up on some older, must-watch series, Crunchyroll also has plenty of those. Here’s some of what you can find there:

“Cowboy Bebop””Dragon Ball Z””Fruits Basket””Gintama:”Hunter x Hunter””Lucky Star””Naruto Shippuden””One Piece””Yu-Gi-Oh!”

Does Crunchyroll have dubbed anime?

Crunchyroll offers dubbed anime when available. Most new and popular series like “One Piece” and “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” are available in dub, but some, like “My Love Story” and “Case Closed,” are only available with subtitles and original Japanese audio.

Is Crunchyroll shutting down Funimation?

Following Sony’s acquisition of Crunchyroll in 2021, the streaming service is now merging with Funimation, an anime-only service also owned by Sony. The merger is already in action, with Funimation users being asked to sign in via Crunchyroll to combine their accounts. Nothing changes for new or existing Crunchyroll members.

Much of Funimation’s anime library has already migrated to Crunchyroll, with more content set to migrate before the platform’s official termination. Funimation is set to shut down its website and app on April 2. Though most of Funimation’s subscription library will be available on Crunchyroll, Funimation users will lose access to their digital copy collections on that date. 

Is Crunchyroll worth it?

Crunchyroll is an ideal service for big anime fans.

Crunchyroll

If you’re a diehard anime fan searching for the most comprehensive service to subscribe to, Crunchyroll is what you’re looking for. It’s difficult to find the breadth and depth of coverage that this service has anywhere else, especially if you’re a viewer not living in Japan. 

As a longtime fan, I especially enjoy how easy it is to find titles of every genre and age on Crunchyroll. Whether I feel like catching the latest “Gundam” series or need some nostalgic “Yu-Gi-Oh!” to play in the background, it’s easy to find here. Gone are the days of having to find anime in multiple apps across the internet; now, it’s all in one place for one monthly price. 

On the other hand, if you’re more of a casual anime viewer looking to dabble in the medium every now and then, you may not need to sign up for a whole extra service. Some of the best streaming services that you may already be subscribed to, like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu, also have their own collections of anime that are probably enough to satisfy you. They even offer original exclusives that Crunchyroll doesn’t, like Netflix’s “Aggretsuko.” I recommend looking into what other services have anime-wise because if you’re already satisfied with that, you probably won’t need Crunchyroll added to your monthly bills.

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