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Technology enthusiast Peter Thiel dedicates his life to fostering innovation, which he believes is the singular tool for building a better future. One of Silicon Valley's most influential entrepreneurs and investors, he challenges conventional thought, making the case that if we go through life avoiding risks and following the same tried and true playbook, society will fail to progress. As an investor and leader of the Thiel Foundation, he works to identify and support the next generation of game changers and tech companies.

Peter first gained attention for wanting to replace the U.S. monetary system. As the co-founder and later CEO of PayPal, he didn't quite reach his goal but he did revolutionize online commerce, making it possible for hundreds of thousands of small businesses to flourish via internet.

In 2004 Peter was the first outside investor of a little start-up called Facebook and continues to this day to serve on its board of directors. That same year he launched Palantir Technologies, a software company that harnesses computers to empower human analysts in fields like national security and global finance. Additionally, he has provided early funding for LinkedIn, Yelp, and dozens of successful technology startups, many run by former colleagues who have been dubbed the “PayPal Mafia.” He is a partner at Founders Fund, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has funded companies like SpaceX and Airbnb.

Peter is a vocal advocate of young people exploring alternatives to a college education. Since 2010, he's overseen and sponsored the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship, a two-year mentoring program that provides $100,000 in grants towards building the fellows' businesses in biotech, technology, finance, education and more.

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As a venture capitalist and entrepreneur, Peter Thiel has been involved with some of the most dynamic companies to emerge from Silicon Valley in the past decade. Peter’s first start-up was PayPal, which he co-founded in 1998, and led as Chairman and CEO. Peters tenure culminated in PayPals sale to eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002. After the eBay acquisition, Peter founded Clarium Capital Management, a global macro hedge fund. Peter also helped launch Palantir Technologies, an analytical software company, and serves as the chairman of that company’s board.

Before launching Founders Fund with his PayPal partners Ken Howery and Luke Nosek, Peter was an active venture capitalist in his personal capacity, funding companies like Facebook, where Peter was that company’s first outside investor and director. Peters contributions to technology, entrepreneurship, and finance have been widely recognized, including by the World Economic Forum, which honored Peter as a Young Global Leader, and by BusinessWeek, which named him one of the 25 most influential people on the Web.

Peter is also involved with a variety of philanthropic, academic, and cultural pursuits. He serves as a primary supporter of the Committee to Protect Journalists, a group that promotes press freedom worldwide; the Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence, which seeks to foster the responsible development of advanced computing technologies; and the SENS Foundation, a medical charity dedicated to extending healthy human lifespans. Peter remains active at his alma mater, and has taught at Stanford Law School, in addition to serving on the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution at Stanford.

Peter received a BA in Philosophy from Stanford University and a JD from Stanford Law School.


Peter Thiel Speaker Videos Back to top

Peter Thiel, Entrepreneur: Keynote


Peter Thiel shares some of the questions he uses to help people cultivate the necessary mindset to create something truly new. While science builds on previous accomplishments through a set methodology of research and testing, Peter believes that there is no magical formula you can follow to invent the next breakthrough technology, because each innovation is unique in itself. In all honesty then, Peter admits he cannot offer a 5-Step Plan to becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg, but he does pose some contrarian questions to stretch the way you think along with some of his own answers.

"Tell me something that's true that very few people agree with you on," he challenges us, noting that upfront the phrasing of this prompt defies the common idea that a truth is something that most people agree on. "A good answer is one that the person asking you the question probably won't agree with."

Peter Thiel, Entrepreneur: Live Discussion


Peter Thiel, Entrepreneur: Commencement Address


Peter Thiel, Entrepreneur: Keynote



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Copying or adapting something is easy, but there's no real formula to creating the next breakthrough technology, since unlike science, each great breakthrough in business is unique and happens only once.

That's the kind of thinking that has marked Peter Thiel's career and investment record. The Silicon Valley titan makes the case that to build a better future we need to do new things instead of repeating tried and true conventional practices. He presents a series of contrarian questions and his own answers that will make you rethink how you see society and your daily life. Dedicated to making the keynote experience truly interactive, Peter often includes a lively Q&A session after his opening remarks.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

He begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Copying others takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace; they will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique. Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places. Other Popular Keynotes Include:

  • Developing the Developed World
  • The Higher Education Bubble: Learning vs. Schooling




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    Zero to One

    If you want to build a better future, you must believe in secrets.

    The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

    Thiel begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

    Doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace. They will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique.

    Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places.

    Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
    The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

    He begins with the contrarian premise that we live in an age of technological stagnation, even if we’re too distracted by shiny mobile devices to notice. Information technology has improved rapidly, but there is no reason why progress should be limited to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress can be achieved in any industry or area of business. It comes from the most important skill that every leader must master: learning to think for yourself.

    The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. Copying others takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1. Tomorrow’s champions will not win by competing ruthlessly in today’s marketplace; they will escape competition altogether, because their businesses will be unique. Zero to One presents at once an optimistic view of the future of progress in America and a new way of thinking about innovation: it starts by learning to ask the questions that lead you to find value in unexpected places. Other Popular Keynotes Include:

  • Developing the Developed World
  • The Higher Education Bubble: Learning vs. Schooling

  • Peter Thiel, Entrepreneur: Keynote


    Peter Thiel shares some of the questions he uses to help people cultivate the necessary mindset to create something truly new. While science builds on previous accomplishments through a set methodology of research and testing, Peter believes that there is no magical formula you can follow to invent the next breakthrough technology, because each innovation is unique in itself. In all honesty then, Peter admits he cannot offer a 5-Step Plan to becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg, but he does pose some contrarian questions to stretch the way you think along with some of his own answers.

    "Tell me something that's true that very few people agree with you on," he challenges us, noting that upfront the phrasing of this prompt defies the common idea that a truth is something that most people agree on. "A good answer is one that the person asking you the question probably won't agree with."

    Peter Thiel, Entrepreneur: Live Discussion


    Peter Thiel, Entrepreneur: Commencement Address


    Peter Thiel, Entrepreneur: Keynote