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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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Peter Thiel | Developing the Developed World
Entrepreneurship, Liberty, and the Future

Recorded: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Entrepreneur and Author Peter A. Thiel spoke at a luncheon sponsored by the Independent Institute on January 27, 2015. He shared insights from his new book Zero to One 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.

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.), Economic Policy, Education, Energy, Free Market Economics, Freedom, Government Power, Government Secrecy, Health Care, History (U.S), Labor and Employment, Law Enforcement, Political Ideology and Philosophy, Politics, Privacy, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Science, Technology, Transportation

       
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Mary L. G. Theroux on the Epic Life of Willard Garvey
Recorded: Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mary Theroux, Senior Vice President at the Independent Institute, is interviewed by Bob Weeks of WichitaLiberty TV. Mary reflects on the accomplishments of her father's life as told in the book Willard Garvey: An Epic Life authored by Maura McEnaney.

Experts: Mary L. G. Theroux
Type: Television
Issues: Business, Culture/ Society, Free Market Economics, Housing

       
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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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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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Vern McKinley: Why Not to Bail Out the Banks
Recorded: Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Research Fellow Vern McKinley discusses bank bailouts and his new book Financing Failure with the Wall Street Journal.

Experts: Vern P. McKinley
Type: Television
Issues: Banking and Finance, Business, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Government Waste/Pork, Housing

       
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Emily Skarbek on Call For More Oil
Recorded: Thursday, May 19, 2011

Emily Skarbek, Director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at the Independent Institute, talks to Freedom Watch’s Judge Napolitano about the need for more oil and how to go about getting it.

Experts: Emily C. Skarbek
Type: Television
Issues: Energy, Environment

       
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Robert Higgs on the U.S. Government’s Ethanol Scam
Recorded: Saturday, May 14, 2011

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Here is Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert Higgs speaking on “Ethanol Subsidies Have Many Bad Consequences,” from the Mises Circle seminar, “Agricultural Subsidies: Down on the D.C. Farm,” held May 14th in Indianapolis.

Experts: Robert Higgs
Type: Other Event
Issues: Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Government Waste/Pork

       
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