Peter Thiel is interesting. He co-founded PayPal in 1999, angel-invested in Facebook in 2004. That year, he also co-founded Palantir Technologies, a start-up that works on big data problematics for financial institutions and governments. Few weeks ago, he co-founded a VC, Mithril Capital Management, raising an initial $402 million.
Education is one of his interests. In 2010, he started the “Thiel Fellowship, which will award $100,000 each to 20 people under 20 years old, in order to spur them to quit college and create their own ventures”.
In 2012, he designed and delivered a 19-lecture classes on Start-up at Stanford. Luckily, one of his students published his notes in order to share them. They will jointly be offering a book on that very topic in early 2014
As of today, I read over half of it and I must say I’m very impressed. Thiel gives a wealth of insights into the Startup world, as an entrepreneur and an investor.
He uses history, economics and sociology that brings the focus away from CS and makes students understand larger trends affecting the industry and startup dynamics.
He also tapped into his network to leverage A-list guest speakers, including his old (Pay)pal Reid Hoffman, and leading startups.
I would highly recommend anyone interested in entrepreneurship to deep dive into those 19 lectures. Average reading time is 15-20 min per lecture. Enjoy!
-Rodolphe (Initially published on dutel.fr)