Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur and investor. He started PayPal in 1998, led it as CEO, and took it public in 2002, defining a new era of fast and secure online commerce. In 2004 he made the first outside investment in Facebook, where he serves as a director.
The same year he launched Palantir Technologies, a software company that harnesses computers to empower human analysts in fields like national security and global finance.
He has provided early funding for LinkedIn, Yelp, and dozens of successful technology startups, many run by former colleagues who have been dubbed the “PayPal Mafia.” He is a partner at Founders Fund, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has funded companies like SpaceX and Airbnb.
He 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. His bookZero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future was published in 2014.
Peter Thiel / Niall Ferguson
Peter Thiel, an entrepreneur and investor, will be in conversation with Niall Ferguson, an author and Professor of History at Harvard.Go to Event
Anthony Scaramucci / Sir Martin Sorrell
Anthony Scaramucci is an accomplished entrepreneur and a prominent figure in the financial industry. He is the founder and managing partner of SkyBridge, a leading global alternative fund, and the founder and chairman of SALT, a renowned thought leadership forum and venture studio.
Benedict Cumberbatch / Nick Hackworth
Academy Award Nominee Benedict Cumberbatch is best known for playing the title roles of 'Sherlock Holmes' and 'Doctor Strange' which have earned him international acclaim and several awards, including a Primetime Emmy.
Niall Ferguson is an author and Professor of History at Harvard University.Biography