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4 Surprising Insights Into Peter Thiel

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There are few figures in Silicon Valley who have been as influential, or as controversial as Peter Thiel. The PayPal co-founder was the first outside investor in Facebook, then co-founded Palantir, then became tech's premier venture capitalist--and that was before he distinguished (or, depending on your point of view, disgraced) himself by becoming and early and vocal supporter of Donald Trump.

My book, The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley's Pursuit of Power, explores the entrepreneur's career and ideology and tries to reckon with his impact. Even if you find Thiel's politics, and the impact of many of the companies he's had a hand in, troubling, it's impossible not to also appreciate his brilliance as an investor, prognosticator, and power broker. Thiel has been consistently........

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