Monday, September 22, 2014

Billionaire Tech Entereprenuer Peter Thiel Coming to AEI

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) has scored another big speaker.  This time it is billionaire tech entrepreneur Peter Thiel, who will be giving an talk at an invitation-only event at the conservative think tank on September 23.  Here is more:
In his upcoming book, “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future,” Peter Thiel looks back on his own experience as a startup investor and a cofounder of PayPal and Palantir to draw lessons about successful entrepreneurship and innovation. Thiel argues that successful people find value in unexpected places and that entrepreneurs and society benefit most when businesses create something new rather than copy existing models.

In this by-invitation event — the first in a series on disrupters in the tech sector — Thiel will discuss these ideas and others with AEI’s James Glassman. This conversation, followed by an audience Q&A, will give the audience a unique peek into the mind of one of the most successful tech entrepreneurs of our time.

Thiel is the co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook.  Forbes says he is currently worth $2.2 billion.  Perhaps he can drop a few pennies into AEI's coffers while he is around?  [After all, plenty of billionaires give to think tanks.]

Last week, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) gave a major economic speech at AEI, and earlier this year, AEI hosted the Dalai Lama and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, among others.