Peter Thiel, Facebook’s first investor and the founder of PayPal, is coming to speak at The Summit in Dublin this November.
As a venture capitalist and entrepreneur, Peter has been involved with some of the most dynamic companies to emerge from Silicon Valley in the past decade.
Here are 5 things you may or may not know about one of the most influential man in Silicon Valley:
1. PayPal Kingpin
He has been dubbed “The Don of The PayPal Mafia” – a group of original founders and employees from PayPal that went on to launch more successful companies in a shorter time period than almost any other group in history.
Their number includes LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman; Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, the founders of YouTube; Co-founders of Yelp Jeremy Stoppelman and Russel Simmons; Super angel investor and founder of 500 startups Dave McClure and serial investor Max Levchin, who will also be speaking at The Summit. Find out more about the group here.
2. Facebook’s first investor
He was the first outside investor in Facebook and his initial $500,000 investment in Mark Zuckerberg’s college campus idea helped Facebook on its journey to a market value of over $150billion today.
3. Tech Visionary
He has been involved in or invested in some of the world’s most dynamic companies including PayPal, SpaceX, Facebook, AdRoll, LinkedIn, Yelp, RoboteX, Quora, Artsy, Airbnb, Spotify and Stripe and many others. He will no doubt be looking for the next big startup poised for success at The Summit. Find out what Peter looks for in a startup company in his recent interview with WSJ (below).
4. Other interests
Peter is also involved with a variety of philanthropic, academic, and cultural pursuits. Including the Thiel Foundation, the Committee to Protect Journalists, The Seasteading Institute, and the Human Rights Foundation. He funds the artificial intelligence research of the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. He created the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship, which nurtures the tech visionaries of tomorrow like William LeGate who taught himself programming at age 14 from online Stanford lectures and has since created mobile apps which are now used by 1 in 16 American teens. He has been dubbed “the next Bill Gates.”
5. Movie Star
He has a producing credit for the 2005 satirical feature length movie Thank You for Smoking and was portrayed by CSI: Crime Scene Investigation actor Wallace Langham in the Oscar award-winning The Social Network.
For more on Peter and all of our confirmed speakers, check out our speakers page here.