We live in a world in which courage is in less supply than genius.

Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel

Profession: Entrepreneur
Nationality: German

Some suggestions for you :

Unsolved problems are where you'll find opportunity. Energy is one sector with extremely urgent unsolved problems.

In Silicon Valley, I point out that many of the more successful entrepreneurs seem to be suffering from a mild form of Asperger's where it's like you're missing the imitation, socialization gene.

You don't want to just do 'me too' companies that are copying what others are doing.

Spiraling demand for resources of which our world contains a finite supply is the great long-term threat posed by globalisation. That is why we need new technology to relieve it.

Seventy percent of the planet is covered with water, and there's so much we can be doing with oceans, and it was one of the frontiers that people have more or less abandoned.

Wall Street is always too biased toward short-term profitability and biased against long-term growth.

Anti-aging is an extremely under-explored field.

I suspect Obama did not know he was recording Angela Merkel's cell phones.

If I had known how hard it would be to do something new, particularly in the payments industry, I would never have started PayPal. That's why nobody with long experience in banking had done it. You needed to be naive enough to think that new things could be done.

Ideally, I want us to be working on things where if we're not working on them, they won't happen; companies where if we don't fund them they will not receive funding.

The core problem in our society is political correctness.

Every time you write an email, it is in the public domain. There are all these ways where security is not as good as people believe.

I suspect if people live a lot longer they would be retired for a somewhat longer period of time. Just the financial planning takes on a very different character.

I think people in Europe are generally pessimistic about the future. They have low expectations; they're not working hard to change things. When you're a slacker with a pessimistic view of the future, you're likely to meet those expectations.