Last updated on: 12/6/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Peter Thiel, JD Biography

Title:
PayPal Cofounder and Founder of the Thiel Fellowship
Position:
Con to the question "Is a College Education Worth It?"
Reasoning:

“[I]n our society the default assumption is that everybody has to go to college…

I believe you have a bubble whenever you have something that’s overvalued and intensely believed. In education, you have this clear price escalation without incredible improvement in the product. At the same time you have this incredible intensity of belief that this is what people have to do. In that way it seems very similar in some ways to the housing bubble and the tech bubble.”

“Want Success in Silicon Valley? Drop out of School,” nytimes.com, May 25, 2011

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of higher education. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the study of higher education.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Cofounder and Investment Committee Chair, Mithril Capital Management, June 2012-present
  • Managing Partner, Founders Fund, 2006-present
  • Cofounder and Chairman, Palantir Technologies, Inc., 2004-present
  • Board Member, Facebook, 2004-present
  • Investor, Booktrack, Slide, LinkedIn, Friendster, Rapleaf, Geni.com, Yammer, Yelp, Inc., Powerset, Practice Fusion, MetaMed, Vator, Palantir Technologies, IronPort, Votizen, Asana, Big Think, Caplinked, Quora, Rypple, TransferWise, Stripe, and Legendary Entertainment, 2004-present
  • Founder, Clarium Capital Management, Oct. 2002-present
  • Founder, Thiel Foundation and Fellowship, Sep. 29, 2010
  • Honoree, Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, 2007
  • Recipient, Herman Lay Award for Entrepreneurship, 2006
  • Producer, Thank You for Smoking, 2005
  • Instructor, Stanford University, Sep. 2004-Dec. 2004
  • Advisory Board Member, Machine Intelligence Research Institute
  • Cofounder, Chairman, and CEO, PayPal, Dec. 1998-Oct. 2002
  • Cofounder, The Stanford Review, 1987
Education:
  • JD, Stanford University, 1992
  • BA, Philosophy, Stanford University, 1989
Contact Info:
Phone
650-815-0200 (Palantir Headquarters)
Email
None found
Website
Founders Fund profile
Other:
  • None found
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Pro & Con Quotes: Is a College Education Worth It?