The PayPal co-founder announces four additions to his Breakout Labs biotech investment fund.
About a month ago, I joined a startup called Transpose. Upon joining, I quickly learned about our dreaded Peter Thiel problem. Our founding team had seen a clip of Thiel discussing the problem with buzzwords in the tech space. To summarize,...Show More Summary
EpiBone uses stem cells to regrow damaged bones. After earning a PhD, Nina Tandon enrolled as an MBA to form a company at the forefront of 'biology as design.'
Stemcentrx, a startup with funding from billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, just came out of stealth at a $5 billion valuation, the Wall Street Journal reports. Last month Stemcentrx raised a $250 million round at a $5 billion valuation, according to the Journal. Show More Summary
Peter Thiel has some provocative thoughts on biotechnology again, this time in an interview for Technology Review. I had a post earlier about Thiel's view of biotechnology which included some hardheaded, sensible thoughts and some more questionable skepticism. Show More Summary
1. Freddie, in the NYT, against campus corporatism. 2. What if Uber buys your robotics department? 3. Peter Thiel on biotech: “Can you get rid of randomness in building a company?” 4. Clower and Leijonhufvud would be happy, #Russia, #bricks. 5. The emerging black digital intelligentsia.
FASTER, PLEASE: Peter Thiel Backs Biotech “Unicorn” Fighting Cancer Stem Cells.
New York mobile stock buying startup Trading Ticket has raised $4 million (£2.6 million) from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel's fund Valar Ventures and Citibank's venture capital arm. Trading Ticket operates TradeIt, a service that lets...Show More Summary
Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures and Citigroup’s Citi Ventures have backed a New York-based startup that lets retail investors place orders for securities on news websites, financial blogs and mobile apps, as investments young financial-technology companies continue to grow.
Peter Thiel, VC, PayPal co-founder, early Facebook investor, and most importantly, the supposed inspiration for Silicon Valley's intriguing Peter Gregory character, argues in his book Zero to One that a successful business needs to make...Show More Summary
Founders Fund, the venture firm co-created by Peter Thiel, is entering yet another surprising area that you don’t commonly see with Silicon Valley VCs. They’re backing a materials sciences company called Modumetal, which is making nanolaminated metals for use in the oil and gas industry. Show More Summary
By Alex Atzberger, President, Ariba - an SAP company Over my summer break, I finally caught up on my reading list, at the top of which was Peter Thiel’s book Zero to One. I enjoyed it greatly. Thiel is a man of strong convictions and opinions, and his narrative got me [...]
Ranking ahead of Peter Thiel, Mary Meeker, Fred Wilson, and Marc Andreessen this year, Lee is the first woman to break the "cash ceiling" of the Forbes Midas List Top 10.
Imagine falling asleep and being able to pick up writing tips from Hemingway, hit tennis balls with Serena Williams, or pitch your startup to Peter Thiel knowing you can carry these very skills and experiences into waking life. Imagine being able to fly, relax on a beach, or even calm your anxiety and fight off nightmares. Show More Summary
Following its most recent round of fundraising, Palantir's valuation has climbed into the stratosphere. But founder ownership of the company may not be as much as you think.
Darian Shirazi started his career at 15 years old, when he made his name reselling computer components on eBay. His sales were so impressive that eBay ended up offering him an internship for the next two summers. Soon, Shirazi was able...Show More Summary
The author is Edward Peter Stringham and the subtitle is Creating Order in Economic and Social Life. I haven’t looked through this book yet, but I am very much an admirer of the underlying research by Ed. Here is Peter Thiel’s blurb: “Stringham dispels state-worshipping fiction with historical fact to show how good governance has […]
The investor and serial entrepreneur acknowledges that big ideas, such as reinventing space travel, are usually too tough for fledgling startups to pursue. But that doesn't mean they should stop trying.
The big-data company lists the former PayPal CEO as one of its co-founders.
1. This man is bidding 10k for a girlfriend, but I don’t think he understands where the adverse selection problem lies. 2. Is there a new and faster way of swimming? Interesting piece. 3. Peter Thiel on Rene Girard. 4. The global coal renaissance. 5. Dani Rodrik on Greek sovereignty. And on the Germany-Greece debt […]