Properly defined, a startup is the largest group of people you can convince of a plan to build a different future.

Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel

Profession: Entrepreneur
Nationality: German

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Monopolies are bad and deserve their reputation when things are static and the monopolies function as toll collectors... But I think they're quite positive when they're dynamic and do something new.

What is it about our society where anyone who does not have Asperger's gets talked out of their heterodox ideas?

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

When people use the word 'science,' it's often a tell, like in poker, that you're bluffing.

I think it's a problem that we don't have more companies like Facebook. It shouldn't be the only company that's doing this well.

I had a good experience in college, but I don't think interdisciplinary education is something that's stressed very much at all. It's generally considered to be something of a bad idea.

From my perspective, I think the question of how we build a better future is an extremely important overarching question, and I think it's become obscured from us because we no longer think it's possible to have a meaningful conversation about the future.

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

My only claim is that not all talented people should go to college and not all talented people should do the exact same thing.

Men and machines are good at different things. People form plans and make decisions in complicated situations. We are less good at making sense of enormous amounts of data. Computers are exactly the opposite: they excel at efficient data processing but struggle to make basic judgments that would be simple for any human.

If the whole U.S. was like Silicon Valley, we'd be in good shape. But now, the entire U.S. is not driven by technology, is not driven by innovation.

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.

When I moved to Cleveland, defense research was laying the foundations for the Internet. The Apollo program was just about to put a man on the moon - and it was Neil Armstrong, from right here in Ohio. The future felt limitless. But today, our government is broken.

If you do something new, it will always look a little bit strange.