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How Quickly a "Genius" Startup Can Tank

Bloodhound had everything going for it. TechCrunch once hailed the tradeshow app as "genius" and Peter Thiel lead a $3 million investment round in the "blowing up" company. So when a landlord drove out a popular arts collective from its home in the heart of the Mission District, Bloodhound was quick to sign as the new tenant. Show More Summary

Peter Thiel Is Returning To Disrupt SF

We’re thrilled to announce that legendary founder and investor Peter Thiel will be joining us on stage at Disrupt SF 2014. From PayPal to Founders Fund, Thiel has set the bar for success in Silicon Valley, and this will be the second time he’s spoken at our conference. We’re glad he’s back. Thiel made the first outside investment in Facebook in 2004, and was an early… Read More

The 7 unicorns of the PayPal mafia

A rare, and possibly unique collection of talent gathered around online payment company Paypal in its early years. Co-founder Peter Thiel considers 220 people as part of the so-called PayPal Mafia, a talented group of tech founders and innovators who went on to change the landscape of business. Show More Summary

Branson, Thiel, and others bet $25M on Transferwise money transfer platform

Not only does the low-cost international money transfer startup Transferwise have some very cheeky “anti-bank” TV ads, it now has the backing of super-investor Peter Thiel and super-entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson behind it. Thiel’s Valar Ventures, Index Ventures, Branson, and …

A Lift for One of London’s Financial Tech Start-Ups

TransferWise, which uses peer-to-peer technology to swap currencies without large bank transfer fees, says it has raised $25 million from a range of investors, including Peter Thiel of PayPal and Richard Branson.

Now Backed By Sir Richard Branson, TransferWise Raises $25M For Cheaper Money Transfers

London-based TransferWise has closed a new round of funding. It’s raised a further $25 million, adding Sir Richard Branson as a backer, along with existing investors, including Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, IA Ventures, Index Ventures, TAG (Robin Klein and Saul Klein), and Kima Ventures. Read More

Meet The Next 20 Genius Kids Getting $100,000 From Peter Thiel To Ditch College

An inventor behind a bionic glove for amputees. A kid who has a real idea to cure cancer. Not everyone should skip college, but for these teenagers, it could be to everyone's benefit if they jump right into working on their passions....Show More Summary

Peter Thiel's Infamous Interview Question Is Now The Basis Of The 'Tinder For Jobs' App

Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel always asks one question when interviewing potential candidates for a job: "What is something you believe that nearly no one agrees with you on?" That same question is now the basis of Blonk, the app billed as the "Tinder for jobs" that pairs job seekers and employers in a matchmaking process. Show More Summary

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1. Martin Feldstein on Piketty.  And Wojciech Kopczuk and Allison Schrager on wealth taxes.  Piketty and survivorship bias. 2. Poland will institute biometric ATMs. 3. The new Peter Thiel book (self-recommending). 4. The record of Andrew Cuomo — worth a ponder. 5. Why don’t octopus arms stick together? 6. Is falling household consumption behind secular […]

Peter Thiel: The US as we know it depends on us rediscovering our innovation

2 months agoTechnology : Pando Daily

[Editor’s note: This is a guest contribution by Niv Dror, analyst at DataFox. The post went through Pando’s usual editorial process and Mr. Dror was not paid for his work.] If there’s one video everyone should watch but far too few people have, it’s Peter Thiel’s talk at TEDx Stanford about the singularity, the concept of a hypothetical moment...

Billionaire Peter Thiel Has A New Book Coming That Will Tell You How To Be A Startup Billionaire

Peter Thiel has a new book coming in September called "Zero to One." The subtitle for the book is "Notes On Startups, or How To Build The Future." Thiel is a billionaire who made his fortune on PayPal. He then invested in Facebook, co-founded...Show More Summary

How To Convince High-Paid Googlers That They Need To Work For Your Startup

How does a startup compete against Google for talent, especially when its employees are extremely well paid? A few years ago, early PayPal-er Max Levchin, Palantir co-founder Stephen Cohen, and Founders Fund's Peter Thiel advised startups how to sell themselves and nab big hires. Show More Summary

"Don't F@#k Up the Culture." Why you should never sacrifice culture for growth:

This was VC Peter Thiel's one piece of advice to Airbnb after investing $150 million in the startup. Here's why he was right on. This was a pretty great week. It may have had something to do with the fact that I got to walk along this beach at lunch, but mostly I think it was what I read in this Medium piece by Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky. Show More Summary

Why Vicarious’ $50M Investment Round Matters for Entrepreneurs

Check this out. A company of 10 employees that’s raised $50M of investment from Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Thiel and Ashton Kutcher, just to name a few. Few things make me sit up and take notice — this is one of them. The company is called Vicarious […]

The Peter Thiel Sesame Seed Scene From Silicon Valley Is Real!

2 months agoTechnology : Valleywag

For me, the turning point in watching HBO's Silicon Valley can be traced back to the Burger King subplot in the third episode. Read more...

California Considers Taxation For Excessive CEO Pay

This is California at its progressive best. I'm sure Peter Thiel and his pals are crimson with anxiety over the possibility that the legislature might pass a tax increase on the CEOs in our state. ThinkProgress: If California companies want to keep paying their CEO’s a hundred times better than their workers, they could face higher tax rates. Show More Summary

58 Mostly Gay Conservatives Sign Statement Denouncing 'Intolerance' of Brendan Eich Critics

3 months agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Fifty-eight mostly gay conservatives including Peter Thiel, Andrew Sullivan, and Ken Mehlman have signed a statement denouncing "some supporters of gay equality" for being intolerant of people who do not see gays as equal citizens. They point by example to...

8 Things You Need to Know Today

A roundup of the day's news--curated by the Inc. editorial team--to help you and your business succeed. 1. Words of Wisdom In case there is any doubt about what makes up a company's foundation, here's what Peter Thiel had to say when he gave Airbnb $150 million in Series C funding: "Don't fck up the culture."--Medium 2. Show More Summary

The Pipeline: Condi the Dropbox evangelist, Peter Thiel's cloud investment, and good times for VCs

A look the hottest deals, business moves and upstart entrepreneurs for April 4 from around the country, as reported by The Business Journals and other local business publications. Deals and money plays Silicon Valley...ZenDesk aims for...Show More Summary

Artificial Intelligence Startup Vicarious Grabs Funding From Bezos, Benioff And Jerry Yang

3 months agoTechnology : TechCrunch

No billionaire left behind. After Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Thiel and other Silicon Valley notables plunked down capital in a $40 million growth round for San Francisco-based artificial intelligence startup Vicarious, a few more billionaires showed up. Show More Summary

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