(Thiel center)- Right – is Sean Parker of Napster. left is Ken Howery. All are Paypal founders.
“One of the things that’s endlessly dazzling and mesmerizing is this question about the future—what the world is going to be like in 20 years, and what can or should we do to make it better than the default track that it’s on,” he says, gesturing with his hands while maintaining a fixed stare on the pathway. “But it’s a question you can never quite master. I played a lot of chess when I was growing up, and it’s similar to some elements of chess, where you can see some moves but you can’t see to the end of the game. Even a computer the size of the universe couldn’t actually analyze it. There’s, like, 10 to the 117th power possible games and something like 10 to the 80th atoms in the observable universe, so it’s off by something like 37 orders of magnitude. And chess is something much simpler than reality—it’s 32 pieces on an eight-by-eight board. Figuring out the complete future of a chess game is a problem more complicated than anything that can be solved in our universe, so figuring out this planet or just our society in the next 10 or 15 years is just not a solvable problem.”
“I think there’s something unhealthy about anything that pushes to that much conformity,” – Peter Thiel
“It’s as if he were so fixated on his vision of the future that he couldn’t let go, even in the face of market realities.” – Business Week on Peter Thiel’s bad hedgefund performance
“The things that I think I’m right about,” Thiel once told Wired, “other people are in some sense not even wrong about, because they’re not thinking about them.” And that’s an advantage that Thiel intends to exploit. “There are quite a lot of people who think it’s not possible,” he told a crowd of true believers at the Seasteading Institute Conference in 2009. “That’s a good thing. We don’t need to really worry about those people very much, because since they don’t think it’s possible they won’t take us very seriously. And they will not actually try to stop us until it’s too late.”
*Side note- I’ll be dedicating a category just understanding how the likes of Peter Thiel and the Paypal facebook founders started. We’ll talk about entrepreneurs, startups and companies that may seem global today that actually just started as a backyard idea in my newest category to fill- All the Small Things – The Origins. Watch out! 😀
I can be gay for Peter Thiel because I love the guy’s audaciousness and vision, however I already have a girlfriend I love too much to be gay for.
– The Faceless Trader