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(112) Peter Thiel EDUCATES College Professor who asks: "What's your problem with higher education?" - YouTube
education bubble // what good is higher education? investment? consumption? an insurance not to be left behind? then why is insurance so expensive *if it were insurance, then meritocracy claim is invalid bc you take out future earning to get a step higher on the ladder? competitive tournament to pay an entry fee (excluding people)?
education  bubble  policy  UK  USA  student  debt  loan  competition  competitive  competitiveness  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Capitalism  globalisation  globalization  leftbehind  left-behind  poverty  trap  Precariat  working  poor  social  income  mobility  ladder  meritocracy  meritocratic  Peter  Thiel 
february 2018 by asterisk2a
(187) It's Not You, Airlines Have Been Treating Everyone Poorly - YouTube
as competition goes away, quality declines. (Competition is for Losers by Peter Thiel ... still Peter Thiel thinks running an airline is not a great business to be in).
oligopol  oligopoly  neoliberalism  monopoly  neoliberal  lobby  profit  maximisation  dividends  competition  Peter  Thiel  Silicon  Valley  competitive  competitiveness  Innovation  conglomerate  Gewinnspanne  airline  industry  transportation  self-restraint  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  consumer 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Understanding Peter Thiel’s Politics
he “no longer believe[s] that capitalism and democracy are compatible.” (Thiel has since said that he was wrong to think America was a democracy, calling it instead a “state dominated by very unelected, technocratic agencies”). [...] Thiel let slip that he was pessimistic about the current system continuing. The failure of the present Establishment, according to Thiel, may point to Marxism, libertarianism, or something else, but “it’s going to be this increasingly volatile trajectory of figuring out what that’s going to be.” [...] political zero to one
Peter  Thiel  Donlad  Trump  Brexit  presidential  election  2016  Centrist  Centrists  Establishment  Toff  Privileged  1%  10%  20%  Super  Rich  Plutocracy  Plutocrats  democracy  demos  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  GFC  bank  bailout  gini  Coefficient  inequality  social  mobility  income  squeezed  middle  class  warfare  crony  capitalism  in  crisis  tax  avoidance  evasion 
august 2016 by asterisk2a
Gawker was irresponsible, but the precedent Peter Thiel is setting is dangerous - Vox - Denton's letter is a direct response to Thiel's recent New York Times interview in which he proudly took credit for stealth funding various lawsuits against Gawker, with the explicit purpose of bringing down the digital publisher. //&! - 1/What an ugly mess @nicknotned v @peterthiel is, forcing us to pick between the freedom of the press & the freedom to live a private life. //&! Gawker's homophobic, years-long crusade to out James Franco: //&! New York Times Is Very Concerned About Billionaire Media Investors—But Not Their Billionaire Investor -
journalism  journalismus  journalist  Super  Rich  plutocracy  oligarchy  free  speech  freedom  of  press  Peter  Thiel  Gawker  Gawker  Media  Tabloid  Privacy  NYT  NYTimes  conflict  of  interest 
may 2016 by asterisk2a
LinkedIn Founder Revealed - Member of the Paypal Mafia, He's an Entrepreneur & Venture Capitalist - YouTube
// fail fast to move on to the next thing to try out, put your craftsmanship towards. // launch MVP, can be, should be embarrassing, then iterate. if it isn't embarrassing. you launched too late and developed too much inside your own bubble and ideas about what it could be ... and scratching only product/market fit and core product value prop and value creation. because you don't have the feedback from users and numbers. // see Guy Kawasaki expanding it to - 1:07:30 "MVVVP" Minimal Viable Valuable Validating Product. Viable (sustainable) (valuable, does the world need another fashion blog?) (what does it validate about your vision) -
Reid  Hoffman  linkedin  Lean  Start-Up  Start-Up  lesson  Start-Up  advice  of  You  PayPal  Peter  Thiel  iteration  MVP  Minimal  Viable  Product 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Howard Schultz: 6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers | Inc. Magazine - YouTube
Howard Schultz - curiosity to see around the corner, around the bend, work for and have to courage to work to be ready for the post-bend world. // take risks, limit the downside, double down when traction, ... // even disrupting yourself // road less travelled - if you do what everyone else is doing, you are doing it wrong (see Peter Thiel and competition).
Book  Wall  Street  Leadership  Starbucks  entrepreneurial  risk  taking  dogma  disruption  competition  Peter  Thiel 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook thinks you’re too dumb to realize its scientific papers are really just PR | PandoDaily
According to recent studies, almost half of all web-using adults — and 88 percent of Millennials — use Facebook to find news. [...] But this research paper is less a piece of objective scientific inquiry and more the work of corporate-commissioned data tricksters — a rancid pile of pro-Facebook propaganda that derives and frames its conclusions with the sole purpose of making Facebook look good. This isn’t science. It’s PR. [...] the fact that Facebook itself is the one absolving Facebook of damaging public discourse, demands greater scrutiny. And on closer examination, much of the data and assumptions that informed the researchers’ conclusions fail to qualify as sound scientific inquiry. [...] If politically polarized users want politically polarized content, Facebook won’t disappoint them. [...] [SV &its Cheerleader squads in form of bloggosphere] will give lousy corporate data research like a pass — is still exponentially more credible than a rewritten press release at Techcrunch.
Facebook  Wall  Street  Newsfeed  algorithm  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  filter  bubble  Signal  vs.  Noise  Google  Search  Google  News  Mark  Zuckerberg  journalismus  investigative  journalism  journalism  Platform  TOS  TechCrunch  Silicon  Valley  monopoly  oligopoly  oligopol  Peter  Thiel 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
A Farewell To Jobs | TechCrunch
[the downside of making yourself hard to replace is, that its equally hard to move upwards the career ladder] the gig economy tends to reduce workers to fungible, replaceable cogs. Workers devalued in that way inevitably make less money and receive fewer benefits. When you can be more easily replaced, you become, pretty much by definition, less valuable; and technology is making the process of replacing one laborer with another increasingly frictionless. [...] in principle, both nurses and engineers are reasonably fungible. Short-term nursing contracts are plentiful, as are short-term engineering projects. One good iOS developer can easily replace another; good developers write code that’s easy for others to understand, maintain and expand. [...] an excess of supply relative to demand. [... thus the need for universal basic income / welfare state.] [...] spreading work more evenly among those who want it. [Borderless Flat World] -
Zero  Hour  Contract  Precariat  precarious  work  working  poor  minimum  wage  on-demand  squeezed  middle  class  contractor  outsourcing  Mobile  Creative  Mobile  Creatives  Future  of  Seth  Godin  marginal  cost  Jeremy  Rifkin  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Open  Source  SAAS  IAAS  PAAS  Services  Industry  Service  Sector  Jobs  economy  Share  marketplace  marketplace  efficiencies  freelance  labour  economics  labour  market  algorithm  AI  augmented  intelligence  competitive  competition  oligopoly  oligopol  monopoly  Peter  Thiel  welfare  state  Universal  Basic  Income  flat  borderless  globalisation  globalization  crony  capitalism  capitalism  exploitation  self-employment  Wall  Street  social  cohesion  fairness  tax  avoidance  tax  evasion  Industrial  Revolution  economic  history  Career  Politicians  No  Representation 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
For Stanford Class of ’94, a Gender Gap More Powerful Than the Internet -
“If a woman says no, she means yes!” “You’re all [expletive] slaves.” [Sacks] made it clear that he found the graffiti itself deplorable, calling it “sexist and violent,” in his first essay for The Stanford Review, a conservative-libertarian campus newspaper. But he also argued that an earlier round of graffiti — including a crude statement about President George Bush — had been just as offensive. [...] Keith Rabois, another former editor, said in an interview. But there was an ugly side as well; Mr. Rabois left campus in 1992 after yelling “Can’t wait until you die,” punctuating it with a homophobic slur. He said afterward that he had been protesting campus speech codes. Mr. Sacks was almost as abrasive, joking in print about an imaginary course called “Bathroom Self Defense for Heterosexuals.” [...] it was not clear that they recognized the basic concerns of many female and minority students — that they would not have the same opportunities as their white male peers.
insensitive  David  Sacks  Peter  Thiel  Political  Correctness  Keith  Rabois  Silicon  Valley  gender-based  harassment  gender-based  discrimination  STEM  Female  Founders  Women  in  Tech  offence  Stanford  Univeristy  Misogynie  misogyny  everyday  sexism  sexism  sexismus  discrimination  social  discrimination  minority  LGBTQIASP  Venture  Capital 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook’s Data Protection Practices Under Fresh Fire In Europe | TechCrunch
If you don't have to pay for things, your are the currency/the business model. // ie in FB's case, targeted advertising - down to the only 10 influencers that matter >>
Facebook  TOS  AGB  Europe  Privacy  Internet  Privacy  abuse  of  power  monopoly  Peter  Thiel  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  targeting  marketing  content  marketing  business  model  business  plan 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
How VCs Turned My Startup Into A Nightmare - BuzzFeed News
there are a few who understand that even if you are inclined to equate “success” and “wealth,” you’ll need more than just greed in order to get there. The billionaire angel investor Ron Conway demonstrated this reasoning in an email to his colleagues leaked during the Angelgate scandal of 2010: The world of startups would be a better place if you spent less time complaining about deal structures, terms, vc’s, and valuations etc and the cars you drive, and just helped entrepenuers [sic] build their companies. […] In my opinion your motives are driven by self serving factors around ego satisfaction and ‘making a buck. And yet this famous VC-chiding email has nothing explicit to say about creating value for the society at large; it is all about helping entrepreneurs build companies.
Venture  Capital  Greed  Super  Rich  1%  angelinvestor  Angel  Investor  angelinvestors  Silicon  Valley  society  social  cohesion  monopoly  oligopol  oligopoly  Peter  Thiel 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Amazon's Monopoly Must Be Broken Up: A Radical Plan for the Tech Giant | New Republic
n Thiel’s phrasing: “Creative monopolies aren’t just good for the rest of society; they’re powerful engines for making it better.” Thiel makes an important point: The Internet-age monopolies are a different species; they flummox our conventional ways of thinking about corporate concentration and have proved especially elusive to those who ponder questions of antitrust, the discipline of law that aims to curb threats to the competitive marketplace. Part of the issue is the laws themselves, which were conceived to manage an industrial economy—and have, over time, evolved to focus on a specific set of narrow questions that have little to do with the core problem at hand. [... amazon seems to do nothing illegal ...] [...] Unchallenged monopolists have little incentive to disrupt industries they already control.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Peter Thiel on why Airbnb should be valued way higher than Uber… and why it’s not | PandoDaily
Rather than explaining how two companies locked in such a battle could possibly justify nearly $2 billion in collected investment and sky high valuations, he made the point that Airbnb in contrast is wildly undervalued at least relative to Uber. Thiel is also an investor in Airbnb– yet another darling of the sharing economy, valued at a “mere” $10 billion compared to Uber’s $18 billion. Unlike Uber and Lyft, Thiel argued, there is no obvious competitor to Airbnb. That in and of itself makes it a more valuable company because of the distraction and profit erosion that he describes throughout his book. So why doesn’t the market reflect that thinking? Thiel gave an amusing answer to that too: VCs like to invest in things they like to use. VCs love getting in black town cars, but they typically stay in five star hotels. Fewer still open up their homes to strangers for extra cash. Uber gets a “yeah! I like this one!” valuation boost.
Peter  Thiel  Venture  Capital  pattern  recognition  pattern  matching  Lyft  Uber  AirBnB  valuation  competition  Fred  Wilson  Bill  Gurley  burn  rate  runway  Silicon  Valley  unintended  consequences  ZIRP  bond  bubble  equity  bubble  NIRP  QE  hunt  for  yield 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Peter Thiel über Facebook, Deutschland und Asperger - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Konkurrenz ist schlecht. Monopole sind gut. Echter Fortschritt entsteht nicht dort, wo sich Menschen gegeneinander durchsetzen müssen. Sondern dort, wo Menschen sich dem Wettbewerb entziehen. Wo sie den Mut zu eigenen Ideen haben, die sich nicht leicht kopieren lassen. Sich gegen starke Konkurrenz durchzusetzen gelte gemeinhin als Zeichen der Stärke, so Thiel, "aber in Wahrheit ist Konkurrenz was für Verlierer. Wer Konkurrenz will, macht am besten ein Restaurant auf, da hat er reichlich davon." [...] "Viele erfolgreiche Silicon-Valley-Gründer scheinen an einer milden Form des Asperger-Syndroms zu leiden". Diese Krankheit könne es leichter machen, an technologischen oder unternehmerischen Ideen unbeirrt festzuhalten, selbst wenn andere sie schräg finden - weil man die Ablehnung gar nicht mitbekäme. Das Gegenteil sieht Thiel an der Harvard Business School: Dort wimmele es von kommunikationsstarken, aufgeschlossenen Typen, "die überhaupt keine Ideen haben".
Peter  Thiel  Competition  monopoly  oligopoly  oligopol  profit  maximisation  Asperger  aspergers  rejection  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  traction  Berlin  Start-Up  Scene  Europe  Start-Up  Scene  London  Scene 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Thiel: Alibaba is “fundamentally a political investment” that I wouldn’t make | PandoDaily
it’s not the return potential that seemingly gives Thiel pause. It’s the uncertainty around Alibaba’s connection to (and dependency on) the Chinese government.“I do think that the Chinese Internet has been largely off limits to Western investors, it’s been firewalled off,” “If you look at the world from the perspective of companies like Facebook or Google, places like Saudi Arabia and Iran are way more tolerant than China. You can get on Facebook in Saudi Arabia and you can’t get on it in China. So China is in this very weird category of its own.” Alibaba’s fate is tied to its ability to appease Chinese state officials. “Alibaba is sort of this protected Chinese company – it will do well, but it is fundamentally a political entity that is somehow very deeply connected with the Chinese government,” [...] you’ll do well if it continues to stay in the good graces of the Chinese government, but it’s fundamentally a political investment.” [ + Chinas Economic Transformation Task ]
Alibaba  China  economic  history  Peter  Thiel  economic  transformation  liberal  economic  reform  consumer  disposable  income  social  safety  net  babyboomers  demographic  bubble  pension  fund  public  pension  pension  scheme  IPO 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
re:publica 2014 - Sarah Spiekermann: Die ethische Maschine - YouTube
From Technological hype cycles to Singularity and Ethics. Humans stand above technology. - + +
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may 2014 by asterisk2a

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