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Lystable’s Supplier Management SaaS Takes $1.5M From Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures

TechStars London alum and U.K.-based startup Lystable, which has built a cloud-based workflow management platform aimed at simplifying how businesses handle contacts with suppliers and freelancers, has pulled in a $1.5 million seed investment led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures. Read More

Peter Thiel just made his second investment in a London company

Valar Ventures, the US-based venture fund backed by Peter Thiel, just made another investment in a London-based company. Lystable has secured $1.5 million (£973,350) from Valar Ventures, making it only the second startup in London to interest Thiel's firm. Show More Summary

Granify announces $7M round led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures

Valar Ventures, backed by Peter Thiel, led a $7 million funding round for e-commerce startup Granify. The Canada-based platform analyzes customers’ activity to identify if they are potential buyers or if they are just window shopping. Then, Granify tries to persuade shoppers to buy the items by “providing contextual stimuli” like reminders of “free, no hassle returns.” […]

Here's how Peter Thiel's college dropout entrepreneurs are doing

In 2011, billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel made waves when he set up a fellowship to pay promising college students $100,000 to drop out of school and start companies instead. Four years later, how's the program going? Pretty good, according to a new California Sunday story on the teens of Silicon Valley. Show More Summary

College Grads Forego MBAs To Pay a Company $25,000 To Work For Them

In 2010, Peter Thiel, co-founder and former CEO of Paypal, made headlines by paying some college kids $100,000 to leave school. Starting next month, students will be doing just the opposite - skipping MBAs to pay our company $25,000 as Apprentices, to learn how to start, build and run a company. We believe it's a tectonic shift in the field of business education.

Peter Thiel's 5 Smartest Money Moves Explained

The billionaire's investments reveal much about what he values. And what he values often turns into to gold.

PayPal Founder Invests $25 Million In Mumbai Tech Startup

Paypal founder Peter Thiel is close to investing in a $25 million round along with Sequoia Capital and other existing investors in

Peter Thiel's Book

Wavefunction has a good look at Peter Thiel's Zero to One. As he puts it, "Thiel has said some odd things about chemistry and biotech before, so I was bracing myself for encountering some naiveté in his book." I don't blame him; I'd be the same way. Show More Summary

Peter Thiel's interesting comparison of biotech with software

From Peter Thiel's "Zero to One" comes a comparison of the biotech and IT industries in which he presents a table contrasting the strategies and pitfalls of biotech vs IT. Thiel has said some odd things about chemistry and biotech before, so I was bracing myself for encountering some naiveté in his book. Show More Summary

The End of The War on Drugs and The Emergence of The Venture-Backed Cannabis Industry

When news broke that Founders Fund, the proudly contrarian venture firm helmed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, was going to invest in a major $75 million in Privateer Holdings, a company focused on producing, distributing, and educating consumers about legal marijuana, it opened the floodgates for other investors to barrel in. Show More Summary

How To Succeed Like PayPal Co-founder Peter Thiel: Six Of His Rules for Business Success

Peter Thiel co-founded internet payments pioneer PayPal and big data consultancy Palantir Technologies and was an early investor in Facebook, in which he once held a 10% stake. Still a Facebook director, he is also president of hedge fund Clarium Capital, while his venture capital firms include Founders Fund, whose stated [...]

2:00PM Water Cooler 5/1/15

Today's Water Cooler: TPP and sovereignty, Sanders, Repunblican nostrums, Baltimore police indicated on Freddie Grey, Peter Thiel on monopoly

Billionaire investor Peter Thiel: 'Always aim for a monopoly. From society's perspective, it's complicated. But from the inside, I always want to have a monopoly.'

Billionaire technology investor Peter Thiel gave an on-stage interview in London on Wednesday night, where he explained his political philosophy, as well as what he looks for in investments. One of the first questions that Thiel was asked by interviewer Niall Ferguson was how he spotted the potential in Facebook back in 2004. Show More Summary

Flying Cars or Flying Toilets: What is the Best Way to Measure Innovation?

Commenting on the state of innovativeness, Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and legendary Silicon Valley investor, remarked, "We asked for flying cars. Instead, we got a hundred and forty characters." Really, Peter? Who asked for flying...Show More Summary

Was 2007 a Flexion Point, When Everything Started Going Downhill?

“I would bet on globalization slowly being in abeyance,” tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel said in a video interview with George Mason University economist Tyler Cowen. “I think with the benefit

The Hottest Startup In New York Is Oscar

It's got everything; a health care business model, a real estate scion founder, Goldman Sachs, a $1 billion valuation, and dancers dressed like Peter Thiel... nope - sorry - that's actually Peter Thiel.

Oscar insurance pulls in a monster $145M round at a $1.5B valuation

The $145 million round was led by Peter Thiel and Brian Singerman from Founders Fund.

In just 21 months, health insurer startup Oscar hits valuation of $1.5 billion

Oscar Health Insurance announced today that it has raised $145 million in funding from investors, led by Peter Thiel and Brian Singerman of Founders Fund, as it prepares to expand into California and... To view the full story, click the title link.

The amazing story of how a complete stranger convinced Peter Thiel let him invest in PayPal

Not many people get the chance to invest in a hot Silicon Valley startup, much less a wildly successful one as PayPal, which sold for $1.5 billion to eBay in 2002. You need the money, connections, and expertise. Some luck too. But the...Show More Summary

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