Peter Thiel is reportedly leaving Silicon Valley. According to the Wall Street Journal, the venture capitalist and embattled Trump supporter is moving from San Francisco to Los Angeles and taking some of his businesses with him. He's even reportedly mused about resigning from the Facebook board. Why? Peter Thiel apparently needs a safer space to broadcast his radical libertarian beliefs.
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Last month in an art gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, I stood in front of Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel's likeness cast in plastic, as a tiny board game figurine raising a shield and arrow in battle with democracy, portrayed as a snarling dragon. Fair elections, depicted as a fierce lion, was coming at him, too. This little plastic Thiel, who is so often depicted in news coverage as a villain and a foe democracy, was dressed in a cape and thigh-high boots and looked a little like an extremely buff, green Daniel Craig.
The researcher behind an offshore herpes vaccine trial widely viewed as unethical first secretly experimented on patients in US hotel rooms, according to an investigation by Kaiser Health News.
Amidst last year's US presidential election, Silicon Valley was publicly at odds with Peter Thiel's support for Donald Trump. But that wasn't enough to convince people like Y Combinator's president Sam Altman to stop working with Thiel. Now, in what has to be one of the stealthiest announcements ever, the partnership between Y Combinator and Thiel has come to an end.
Peter Thiel, the billionaire tech mogul and high profile Trump supporter, was granted New Zealand citizenship in 2011, a fact that only came to light back in January. But the politician in charge of granting citizenship at the time has now defended the unusual move, calling Thiel a "great ambassador" for the country.
Remember Palmer Luckey? You know, the disgraced Oculus founder and cosplay enthusiast who left Facebook in the midst of a $US2 billion ($2.7 billion) lawsuit? Well, it looks like Luckey is ready to wreak more havoc upon the world, this time in the form of a virtual border wall that he might sell to the Trump administration. You'll never guess who wants to pay for it.
The government of New Zealand released Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel's citizenship paperwork, after it was revealed that he had become a citizen under unusual circumstances. But that paperwork only contains a single mention of Thiel's global spy software company, Palantir. And New Zealand media are now starting to dig deeper into Thiel's "secret Kiwi spy links".
The New Yorker has published a fascinating article about Silicon Valley tech titans who are buying up property in New Zealand as they prepare for the apocalypse. The super rich are worried about the poor grabbing "pitchforks" to overthrow the wealthy, and it turns out these elites aren't just buying homes. Some, like Peter Thiel, are even getting citizenship.
Silicon Valley has always had close ties with the US government. But it appears the Trump administration would like to make those ties even more explicit: Yesterday, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani announced that he's forming a new cybersecurity team for President-elect Trump, comprised of various private tech companies.
As far as jobs enshrined at the top of America's impenetrable bureaucracy go, the head of the US Food and Drug Administration is pretty important. The chief of the FDA is responsible for setting the course of an organisation that oversees the safety and efficacy of a huge array of products that Americans use everyday, from makeup and mobile phones to food and drugs. In total, each year it oversees more than $US1 trillion ($1.3 trillion) in consumer goods.
According to a new Washington Post report, PayPal cofounder and Donald Trump transition team member Peter Thiel has been privately approaching other Silicon Valley entrepreneurs in recent days, asking them to advise the President-elect and possibly join his administration.