Jacques Le Corre
Jacques Le Corre

Peter Thiel's Untold College Stories

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I’ve never talked my way out of a speeding ticket. Maybe I should have tried what Peter Thiel told a California trooper in 1988: “I’m not sure if the concept of a speed limit makes sense. It may be unconstitutional. And it’s definitely an infringement on liberty.” It’s remarkable how much the Thiel of today — probably the most influential person in Silicon Valley — was present in his college years, as captured by Max Chafkin in a new biography, The Contrarian. Packed with original anecdotes about Thiel’s formative years, this fiery excerpt shows how the investor and political operator came to dominate the tech industry.

— Nick Summers, features editor, New York
Peter Thiel’s Origin Story
His ideology dominates Silicon Valley. It began to form when he was an angry young man.
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