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ENTR 407

V E N T U R E C A P I TA L I N A
ZERO TO ONE WORLD

M Y S T O RY
PETER THIEL
THINK DIFFERENT
GROUP THINK
EAST LIBERTY TO SAND HILL
BUBBLE POP!
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CURVES (& RIGHTS)
I N S P I R AT I O N I N T H E N O N - T R A D I T I O N A L
I N N O V AT I O N E C O S Y S T E M S

• WORKED TO BRING

TECHNOLOGY INTO
LARGE URBAN SCHOOL
SYSTEM

• A L W AY S W O N D E R E D

W H Y P E O P L E D O W H AT
THEY DO + RISK (COG
SCI)

• I N C E P T I O N O F M Y PAT H

TOWARDS VC (CAN’T
MAKE THIS STUFF UP)

• NOW I WORK WITH

S TA R T U P S A C R O S S
CAMPUS AND AM A
FREELANCE WRITER

M Y S T O RY
PETER THIEL
THINK DIFFERENT
GROUP THINK
EAST LIBERTY TO SAND HILL
BUBBLE POP!
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CURVES (& RIGHTS)
I N S P I R AT I O N I N T H E N O N - T R A D I T I O N A L
I N N O V AT I O N E C O S Y S T E M S

P E T E R T H I E L A N D “ T H E PAY PA L
MAFIA”

M Y S T O RY
PETER THIEL
THINK DIFFERENT
GROUP THINK
EAST LIBERTY TO SAND HILL
BUBBLE POP!
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CURVES (& RIGHTS)
I N S P I R AT I O N I N T H E N O N - T R A D I T I O N A L
I N N O V AT I O N E C O S Y S T E M S

“THE MOST CONTRARIAN THING OF
ALL IS NOT TO OPPOSE THE CROWD
BUT TO THINK FOR YOURSELF”(0 TO 1)

M Y S T O RY
PETER THIEL
THINK DIFFERENT
GROUP THINK
EAST LIBERTY TO SAND HILL
BUBBLE POP!
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CURVES (& RIGHTS)
I N S P I R AT I O N I N T H E N O N - T R A D I T I O N A L
I N N O V AT I O N E C O S Y S T E M S

T H E   V E N T U R E   C A P I TA L I S T S   A D V E R T I S E D   T H E M S E LV E S   A S  
T H E   G R E AT   F I N A N C I A L   R I S K   TA K E R S   O F   T H E   V A L L E Y,
 BUT YOU COULD LEARN EVERYTHING YOU NEEDED TO 
K N O W   A B O U T   T H E I R   AT T I T U D E S   T O W A R D   R I S K ,  
S I M P LY   B Y   D R I V I N G   U P   S A N D   H I L L   R O A D .  
S A N D   H I L L   R O A D   W A S   W H E R E   T H E   V E N T U R E   C A P I TA L I S T S
 CLUSTERED TOGETHER FOR SAFETY, LIKE DUCKS IN A
  PA R K   W A I T I N G   F O R   T H E   B R E A D   C R U M B S   T O   F A L L .  
MICHAEL LEWIS - THE NEW NEW THING

MY STORY
PETER THIEL
THINK DIFFERENT
GROUP THINK
EAST LIBERTY TO SAND HILL
BUBBLE POP!
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CURVES (& RIGHTS)
I N S P I R AT I O N I N T H E N O N - T R A D I T I O N A L
I N N O V AT I O N E C O S Y S T E M S

HOW DO YOU DEFINE
ENTREPRENEURSHIP? HOW DO
YOU DEFINE A SUCCESSFUL
VENTURE?
1. G R A N T S : J U M P S TA R T
G R A N T S , T H I R D C E N T U RY
I N I T I AT I V E , U N I V E R S I T Y
I N N O V AT I O N F E L L O W S
2. A C C E L E R AT O R S : D E S A I ,
T E C H A R B , S H I F T, S PA R K
3. C O M P E T I T I O N S : T H E
S TA R T U P, M P O W E R E D
EVENTS

M Y S T O RY
PETER THIEL
THINK DIFFERENT
GROUP THINK
EAST LIBERTY TO SAND HILL
BUBBLE POP!
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CURVES (& RIGHTS)
I N S P I R AT I O N I N T H E N O N - T R A D I T I O N A L
I N N O V AT I O N E C O S Y S T E M S

I T ’ S A L L A B O U T R I S K - B U T W H AT
R O L E D O E S B E H A V I O R P L AY
• DANIEL KAHNEMAN &

ROBERT SHILLER

• T H E VA N I T Y FA I R F O M O

S T O RY L I N E

• A N AT T E M P T AT

PUTTING ORDER TO
CHAOS

• M E M E T I C T H E O RY &

H E A R D B E H AV I O R

M Y S T O RY
PETER THIEL
THINK DIFFERENT
GROUP THINK
EAST LIBERTY TO SAND HILL
BUBBLE POP!
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CURVES (& RIGHTS)
I N S P I R AT I O N I N T H E N O N - T R A D I T I O N A L
I N N O V AT I O N E C O S Y S T E M S

T H E 1 0 S TA G E S O F P O S T
INVESTMENT GRIEF

M Y S T O RY
PETER THIEL
THINK DIFFERENT
GROUP THINK
EAST LIBERTY TO SAND HILL
BUBBLE POP!
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CURVES (& RIGHTS)
I N S P I R AT I O N I N T H E N O N - T R A D I T I O N A L
I N N O V AT I O N E C O S Y S T E M S

PR MOVE VERSUS REALISTIC
INVESTING: WHERE GOOGLE X
MEETS FOUNDERS FUND

M Y S T O RY
PETER THIEL
THINK DIFFERENT
GROUP THINK
EAST LIBERTY TO SAND HILL
BUBBLE POP!
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CURVES (& RIGHTS)
I N S P I R AT I O N I N T H E N O N - T R A D I T I O N A L
I N N O V AT I O N E C O S Y S T E M S