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Developing the Developed World
Entrepreneurship, Liberty, and the Future

Recorded: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

In his #1 New York Times bestselling book, Zero to One, Peter Thiel presents his often contrarian ideas about competition, progress, technology, and finding value in unexpected places—to build a future that we have yet to dream, but that may someday become reality. In “Developing the Developed World” he brings these ideas to life, including his insights on how to create true innovations in “the world of atoms”—not just “digits and bits”—and how to foster a peaceful, prosperous and freer future marked by globalization in a world of limited resources.

Peter Thiel is Founder and Managing Member of Clarium Capital Management, LLC; Co-Founder of Paypal, Palantir Technologies, Mithril Capital Management, and Valar Ventures; Managing Partner of Founders Fund; and past President of Thiel Capital International and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Confinity, Inc. He has been a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and he is the author of the books:

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, Or How to Build the Future (with Blake Masters)

The Diversity Myth: Multiculturalism and Political Intolerance on Campus (with David O. Sacks)

He co-founded PayPal in 1998, led it as CEO, and in 2002 sold it to eBay and founded Clarium Capital Management, a global macro fund. In 2004 he made the first outside investment in Facebook, where he serves as a director. The same year he co-founded Palantir Technologies, a software company that harnesses computers to empower human analysts in fields like security and global finance. He has provided early funding for LinkedIn, Yelp, RoboteX, Spotify, and dozens of successful technology startups. He is a co-founder and partner at Founders Fund, a venture capital firm that has funded companies like SpaceX and Airbnb. And in 2012 he co-founded Mithril Capital Management, an international technology investment fund.

Mr. Thiel started the Thiel Fellowship, which ignited a national debate by encouraging young people to put learning before schooling, and he leads the Thiel Foundation, which works to advance technological progress and long-term thinking about the future. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, where he received an A.B. in philosophy and a J.D. from the Stanford University School of Law. He further co-produced the film, "Thank You for Smoking," he was rated a master by the United States Chess Federation, and he received the Innovation Award from "The Economist" in 2010.

Experts: Peter A. Thiel
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Antitrust, Competition, and Monopoly, Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Corporate Welfare, Culture/ Society, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Energy, Free Market Economics, Freedom, Government Power, Health Care, History (U.S), Labor and Employment, Law Enforcement, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Privatization, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Science, Technology, Trade

       
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P.J. O'Rourke “Talkin’ ’Bout His Generation”
Recorded: Thursday, February 13, 2014

P.J. O'Rourke, a Member of the Board of Advisors for the Independent Institute, is America’s leading political humorist and the best-selling author of over twenty books. He spoke at an event held on February 13, 2014 at the Independent institute in Oakland, CA.

Experts: P. J. O’Rourke
Type: Independent Institute Event
Issues: Culture/ Society, Entertainment, Political Ideology and Philosophy

       
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Maura McEnaney on Willard Garvey at Wichita Rotary Club
Recorded: Monday, October 28, 2013

Maura McEnaney, author of Willard Garvey: An Epic Life, speaks before the Rotary Club of Wichita on October 28, 2013, about her new book published by The Independent Institute's LibertyTree Press.

Experts: Maura McEnaney
Type: Television
Issues: Business, Culture/ Society, Economic Policy, Entertainment, Family, Government Waste/Pork, Housing, Privatization, Trade

       
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Willard Garvey: An Epic Life Author Maura McEnaney on KWCH-TV
Recorded: Monday, October 7, 2013

Maura McEnaney, author of Willard Garvey: An Epic Life, discusses her new book with host Kara Sewell of KWCH-TV in Wichita, KS.

Experts: Maura McEnaney
Type: Television
Issues: Business, Culture/ Society, Entertainment, Free Market Economics

       
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Willard Garvey: An Epic Life Book Launch
Recorded: Sunday, October 6, 2013

Maura McEnaney, author of Willard Garvey: An Epic Life, signs copies of her biography after a program at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas.

Experts: Maura McEnaney
Type: Television
Issues: Business, Culture/ Society, Entertainment

       
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C.S. Lewis’ Challenge in our Secular Age
Recorded: Saturday, September 14, 2013

David Theroux and panel members Andrew Dósa and Roy Carlisle speak on C. S. Lewis’ perspectives at the "To Everyone an Answer: 10th Annual EPS Apologetics Conference" at Biola University. David is President of the C. S. Lewis Society of California.

Experts: David J. Theroux
Type: Television
Issues: Culture/ Society, Entertainment

       
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C.S. Lewis, My Godfather: An Evening with Laurence Harwood
Recorded: Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Laurence Harwood, OBE, godson of C.S. Lewis, reflects on his and others’ relationships with Lewis during his youth. He shares delightful letters and jolly recollections from his book C.S. Lewis, My Godfather: Letters, Photos, and Recollections. Laurence spoke at an evening event sponsored by the C. S. Lewis Society of California.


Type: Television
Issues: Culture/ Society, Entertainment, History (International)

       
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S. Fred Singer Interviewed on KUSI San Diego on Global Warming
Recorded: Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Research Fellow S. Fred Singer speaks with KUSI San Diego's David Davis on the scientific and economic issues surrounding the global warming debate.

Experts: S. Fred Singer
Type: Television
Issues: Energy, Environment, Science, Technology

       
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