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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

Tech billionaires are trying to defeat death

Even the most optimistic of today's big-dreaming tech luminaries — people like Peter Thiel, Larry Ellison, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page — know that living forever is a most-likely impossible goal. Yet they still want to defeat death. At the very least, they want to find a way to delay it as long as possible. Show More Summary

Photography community EyeEm raises $18M from Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures

Want to master the CMO role? Join us for GrowthBeat Summit on June 1-2 in Boston, where we'll discuss how to merge creativity with technology to drive growth. Space is limited and we're limiting attendance to CMOs and top marketing execs. Show More Summary

Peter Thiel makes second European investment, leading $10.6M round for Berlin’s Number26

Want to master the CMO role? Join us for GrowthBeat Summit on June 1-2 in Boston, where we'll discuss how to merge creativity with technology to drive growth. Space is limited and we're limiting attendance to CMOs and top marketing execs. Request your personal invitation here! While no one is ready to call Peter Thiel the new sugar daddy of […]

Bank Of The Future, Number26, Deposits €10M Check From Peter Thiel

A few months ago I covered Number26, an excellent example of disruption in the banking space. Peter Thiel, no stranger to disruptive financial solutions, noticed what the company was doing and today they are announcing a €10 million Series A from Thiel's Valar Ventures. Number26 is a European banking startup, itself [...]

Number26 Grabs $10.6 Million To Bring Its Bank Of The Future To Everyone

It feels like Number26 opened its doors yesterday, but the young startup just raised a $10.6 million Series A round (€10 million) from Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures, with Daniel S. Aegerter and existing investors Earlybird and Redalpine also participating. This represents Valar Ventures’ second investment in a European fintech startup — the VC fund also participated in… Read More

Here's the paradoxical trait that Peter Thiel looks for in employees

Peter Thiel's eye for talent has helped him become a billionaire.  He partnered with Elon Musk to found PayPal in the early 2000s, then became the first large investor for Facebook, a move that would bring him more than a $1 billionShow More Summary

Peter Thiel on How to Build a Monopoly

Want to dominate your market? Start small and scale upwards, says the Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur and investor.

Guess how much Google futurist Ray Kurzweil spends on food that will make him live forever?

Google's leading futurist, Ray Kurzweil, wants to live forever. And like Peter Thiel and other Silicon Valley titans who have taken up the age-old search for immortality, he thinks he can. Kurzweil is 67 now, but thanks to some unusual...Show More Summary

Tuggeranong United signs major sponsorship deal

Tuggeranong United Football Club has this week signed a major two-season sponsorship deal with Peter Blackshaw Real Estate Tuggeranong. Club president John Thiele says the sponsorship is directly linked to the club’s highly publicised match against Melbourne Victory as part of the FFA Cup in September last year. “We pulled out all the stops for our home [...]

Peter Thiel: Asperger’s can be a big advantage in Silicon Valley

Peter Thiel — the PayPal founder, Facebook investor, and bestselling author — hates groupthink. He avoids hiring MBAs, since he says they tend to be  "high extrovert/low conviction people," a combination of traits that " leads towards...Show More Summary

Peter Thiel says tech innovation is outpacing everything else for one very simple reason

Peter Thiel is worth a reported $2.2 billion. He made his money in software, mainly through founding PayPal and investing in Facebook. Notably, he hasn't done much business in the physical world — only in the virtual space. There's a reason for that. Show More Summary

The transcript of my talk with Peter Thiel

You will find it here.  Here is one excerpt: TYLER COWEN: New York City, overrated or underrated? PETER THIEL: That’s massively overrated. TYLER COWEN: Why? PETER THIEL: We had a 25-year boom in finance, from ’82 to ’07. I think that’s slowly ebbing, slowly abating. It’s going to be increasingly regulated, and so if you […]

A VC explains why he prefers startups that burn lots of money

VC Scott Nolan, a partner at Founders Fund — best known as Peter Thiel's venture firm — penned an article for TechCrunch that explained the prevailing investment logic in Silicon Valley brilliantly, called Burn Rate Doesn't Matter. He's...Show More Summary

Can death be ‘solved’? Titans of industry seek technological fix for mortality

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Seated at the head of a table for 12 with a view of the city’s soaring skyline, Peter Thiel was deep in conversation with his guests, eclectic scientists whose research was considered radical, even heretical.Read full article >>

Peter Thiel Blasts: The American Political System Is "Not A Democracy Or Constitutional Republic"

Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, The obvious conclusion that the U.S. is neither a democracy nor a constitutional republic has been a key topic of conversation here at Liberty Blitzkrieg over the past several years. Show More Summary

Peter Thiel on Longevity Research and the Defeat of Aging

2 weeks agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

It has always been the case that the cause of serious rejuvenation research needs more well-regarded individuals to stand up and talk in public about the road ahead, the prospects for success, and the righteousness of the goal. JustShow More Summary

What It Takes to Replicate the PayPal Mafia's Success

Elon Musk, Peter Thiel and Max Levchin are among the big-name PayPal alum who went on to have their hand in creating billion-dollar tech startups. Learn what it is that these men have in common.

Peter Thiel’s quest to find the key to eternal life

2 weeks agoHealth : The Checkup

Peter Thiel, 47, revels in being a contrarian. The billionaire co-founder of PayPal and investor in Facebook has set up a fellowship program that encourages kids to drop out of college, has given millions of dollars to Ron Paul’s PAC and has started an organization dedicated to the world’s first floating city out of reach of any government on Earth. Show More Summary

Day Around The Bay: Peter Thiel Denounces American Democracy

A 26-year-old San Francisco man is trapped in Yemen, the guy whose house slid down Twin Peaks is getting sued, and the big Mission fire in January was not arson. [ more › ]

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