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Developing the Developed World
Entrepreneurship, Liberty, and the Future
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Time: 11:30 a.m. Registration
Noon – 2:00 p.m. Luncheon

Where: The Olympic Club
524 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Map and Directions

Tickets: SOLD OUT
Regular Seating: $125 ($100 for Institute Members)
Preferred Seating: $150
Tables of 10 Starting at $1,250
Business Casual Attire

Book: Peter Thiel’s book, Zero to One, for event pre-order at $20 per copy (25% Discount!)

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 will bring 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 A. Thiel

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. Having been a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, he is the author of the books, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, Or How to Build the Future (with Blake Masters) and The Diversity Myth: Multiculturalism and Political Intolerance on Campus (with David O. Sacks).

Peter Thiel is the legendary entrepreneur, investor, and author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, Or How to Build the Future. 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 has been a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, and he is the author of the Institute book, The Diversity Myth: Multiculturalism and Political Intolerance on Campus (with David O. Sacks). He further co-produced the film, Thank You for Smoking, was rated a master by the United States Chess Federation, and received the Innovation Award from The Economist in 2010.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

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“Crisply written, rational and practical, Zero to One should be read not just by aspiring entrepreneurs but by anyone seeking a thoughtful alternative to the current pervasive gloom about the prospects for the world.”
The Economist

“This book delivers completely new and refreshing ideas on how to create value in the world.”
Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO, Facebook, Inc.

Zero to One is hands-down the best business book ever written!”
George Gilder, author, Wealth and Poverty, Telecosm, and Knowledge and Power

“An extended polemic against stagnation, convention, and uninspired thinking. What Thiel is after is the revitalization of imagination and invention writ large.”
The New Republic

“Might be the best business book I’ve read. The founder of PayPal has written a lucid treatise on capitalism and entrepreneurship.”
Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

“Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how.”
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors; Chairman, SolarCity

Zero to One is the first book any working or aspiring entrepreneur must read—period.”
Marc Andreessen, Co-founder, Netscape; Co-founder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Zero to One is an important handbook to relentless improvement for big companies and beginning entrepreneurs alike. Read it, accept Peter’s challenge, and build a business beyond expectations.”
Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman and CEO, General Electric Company

“When a risk taker writes a book, read it. In the case of Peter Thiel, read it twice. Or, to be safe, three times. This is a classic.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan

“Thiel has drawn upon his wide-ranging and idiosyncratic readings in philosophy, history, economics, anthropology, and culture to become perhaps America’s leading public intellectual today”

“The first and last business book anyone needs to read; a one in a world of zeroes.”
Neal Stephenson, bestselling author of Snow Crash, The Baroque Cycle, and Cryptonomicon

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