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Rainway's Andrew Sampson Awarded Thiel Fellowship - Flickstiq (blog)

The Thiel Fellowship was founded by Peter Thiel through the Thiel Foundation. He believes that there are young people in the world that would waste their time and talents if they pursued a traditional college education. His goal is to use the Thiel ...

Peter Thiel, Coinbase and 40 others invest in stablecoin project ... - Koinalert (press release) (blog)

There is a new project which aimed at creation of stabilized cryptocurrency. The objective is to create an entity that functions like normal money. The interesting ...

Decentralized currency Reserve attracts $5M from Thiel-led group - Bankless Times

Peter Thiel, Coinbase, GSR.io, Distributed Global, and 40 other funds and angels, have invested $5 million collectively in a seed round for Reserve, a developmental-stage stable-value cryptocurrency project based in the San Francisco Bay Area founded ...

SIM card seller, college dropout, millionaire at 22: Boy from Naxal area scripts incredible story - Economic Times

Agarwal comes from Bissamcuttack, a small town south of Odisha, a region known to teem with Naxalite activity. He is a dropout, which made him eligible for the Peter Thiel fellowship for $100,000. He was motivated to start OYO Rooms so that he could be ...

Stablecoin Project Secures Backing From Peter Thiel, Coinbase, 40 ... - Cointelegraph

A new project for a stabilized cryptocurrency that would function 'like normal money,' has received backing from Peter Thiel, Coinbase, and 40 others.

PayPal Founders Back Brex's Corporate Card For Startups - PYMNTS.com

PayPal Founders Peter Thiel and Max Levchin have participated in a funding round for Brex, a startup that designed a commercial card for startups. An announcement Tuesday (June 19) said Brex raised $57 million for its solution. The Series B funding was ...

PayPal Co-Founders Back New Credit Card for Startups - Bloomberg

Now, one startup wants to change that, and it's convinced Silicon Valley heavyweights Peter Thiel and Max Levchin to invest in its idea. Rather than focus on credit history, San Francisco-based Brex Inc. looks at funding raised in order to issue cards ...

Peter Thiel fund invests in Boston-based 'organs-on-chips' startup - Boston Business Journal

Emulate Inc., a Boston-based startup that is developing “organs-on-chips” for testing experimental drugs, has a prominent new investor: Founders Fund, the San Francisco-based venture capital firm co-founded by billionaire Peter Thiel. Emulate announced ...

Y Combinator's Favorite Credit Card Just Raised $50 Million from PayPal Founders - Fortune

June 19, 2018. Brex, a fintech startup backed by PayPal cofounders Peter Thiel and Max Levchin, has raised $50 million in new venture capital, the company announced Tuesday. Y Combinator led the Series B funding round for San Francisco-based Brex, ...

New Credit Card Startup Lands $50 Million From PayPal Mafia And Other Investors - Forbes

Brex, a San Francisco company that offers a corporate credit card for startups, has launched its first product and raised $50 million in new investment, bringing its total funding to $57 million. PayPal founders Max Levchin and Peter Thiel contributed ...

Peter Thiel Versus the World - The Market Mogul

How do you measure success? Is it the amount of money one earns, or how many magazines are printed with one's picture on the cover? By both these metrics, Peter Thiel is undoubtedly successful. He helped PayPal become the dominant site for handling ...

Peter Thiel and Leaving Silicon Valley - The Market Mogul

Peter Gregory, the character from the series, Silicon Valley, who most resembled Peter Thiel, was written out during season 1 because he died of a heart attack. Peter Thiel's departure from Silicon Valley was – fortunately – for different reasons ...

Peter Thiel, Ayn Rand and the Denial of Individual Greatness - The Market Mogul

Venture capitalist Peter Thiel is, for one, a prominent Rand fan, though like fellow investor Mark Cuban, he tempers his comments regarding the controversial author-philosopher, presumably to suit today's political climate. In his book Zero to One ...

Why the 'Classical Liberal' is Making a Comeback - POLITICO Magazine

Protests like the above have become common as of late from certain quadrants of the self-proclaimed, free-thinking “Intellectual Dark Web,” a loose confederacy of free speech absolutists that includes figures like the atheist writer Sam Harris and ...

Volvo partners with Peter Thiel-backed Palo Alto self-driving sensor startup - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Luminar Technologies Inc., a company founded by a young Thiel Fellowship winner, has picked up Volvo Cars as a collaborator to help it develop its automotive laser sensors known as lidar. The move comes weeks after the Palo Alto startup touted a new ...

'Hunger Games' Director Francis Lawrence to Helm Hulk Hogan-Gawker Movie - Variety

Neuman made the announcement Monday and said he is targeting an A-list cast to play the story's principals — Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, and Nick Denton. Published in February, “Conspiracy” outlines the tempestuous legal battle between the pro-wrestler ...

Founders Fund Partner Talks Privacy, Facebook, and His Time at Peter Thiel's Secretive Data Company - Fortune

Palantir Technologies is billionaire Peter Thiel's secretive data mining company. Intelligence and national security agencies use its tools to flag suspicious activities, including the movement of money, contraband, and shady operators. Stephens joined ...

German insurtech receives $30m funding led by Peter Thiel's VC firm - Post Online

It follows Coya's recent $10m seed funding round backed by E.ventures, La Famiglia and Brolly backer Valar Ventures. The recent funding will see Coya be able to become a fully licensed insurance carr. Copyright Infopro Digital Limited 2017. All rights ...

Peter Thiel's VC company is doubling down on a German insurance startup - Business Insider India

LONDON - Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures has led a $30 million funding round into Germany insurance technology startup Coya. It's Valar's second investment in the company. Valar, Thiel's early-stage venture capital company, took part in a $10 million ...

As the Republican Party's China-Derangement Syndrome Grows, Peter Thiel Must Be Chuckling - Forbes

Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone early in the 2017 NFL season. Brett Hundley replaced him. To say that Hundley didn't come close to filling in for the immensely talented Rodgers brings new meaning to understatement. Last season was Hundley's second ...

Peter Andreas Thiel is a German-American entrepreneur, hedge fund manager, venture capitalist, philanthropist, political activist, and author. Referred to as the "Don of the PayPal Mafia", Thiel was ranked No. 4 on the Forbes Midas List of 2014, with a net worth of $2.2 billion, and No. 246 on the Forbes 400 in 2016, with a net worth of $2.7 billion.

Man in his 40s with short, dark hair wearing a shirt and blazer
Thiel in Berlin, March 2014
Born Peter Andreas Thiel
(1967-10-11) October 11, 1967 (age 49)
Frankfurt, West Germany
Education
Occupation
Net worth IncreaseUS$2.7 billion (2016)
Political party Libertarian
Republican
Peter Thiel
Title Life Master
FIDE rating 2199 (November 2016)
Peak rating 2342 (December 1992)

Peter Andreas Thiel (/ˈtl/; born October 11, 1967) is a German-American entrepreneur, hedge fund manager, venture capitalist, philanthropist, political activist, and author. Referred to as the "Don of the PayPal Mafia", Thiel was ranked No. 4 on the Forbes Midas List of 2014, with a net worth of $2.2 billion, and No. 246 on the Forbes 400 in 2016, with a net worth of $2.7 billion.

Born in Frankfurt, Thiel moved with his family to the United States as an infant. He spent a portion of his upbringing in Africa before returning to the U.S., where he attended San Mateo High School. He studied philosophy at Stanford University, graduating with a B.A. in 1989. He then went on to the Stanford Law School, and received his J.D. in 1992. After graduation, he worked as a judicial clerk for Judge James Larry Edmondson, a securities lawyer for Sullivan & Cromwell, a speechwriter for former-U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett and as a derivatives trader at Credit Suisse prior to founding Thiel Capital in 1996. He then co-founded PayPal in 1999, and served as chief executive officer until its sale to eBay in 2002 for $1.5 billion.

After eBay's acquisition of PayPal, he founded Clarium Capital, a global macro hedge fund. He launched Palantir Technologies, an analytical software company, in 2004 and continues to serve as its chairman as of 2016. Before launching Founders Fund, a venture capital firm, in 2005 with his PayPal partners Ken Howery and Luke Nosek, Thiel became Facebook's first outside investor when he acquired a 10.2% stake for $500,000 in August 2004. He sold the majority of his shares in Facebook for over $1 billion in 2012, but remains on the board of directors. He also co-founded Valar Ventures in 2010 and operates as its chairman, co-founded Mithril Capital, of which he is investment committee chair, in 2012, and has served as a partner in Y Combinator since 2015.

Thiel is involved with a variety of philanthropic and political pursuits. Through the Thiel Foundation, he governs the grant-making bodies Breakout Labs and Thiel Fellowship, and supports life extension, seasteading and other speculative research. A founder of The Stanford Review, he is a conservative libertarian who is critical of excessive government spending, high debt levels, and foreign wars. He has donated to numerous political figures, and provided financial support to Hulk Hogan in Bollea v. Gawker. In November 2016, he was named to the executive committee of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.