June8, 2015

“Thiel Fellow Takes a Shot at Getty Images With Photo App” on Inc.

“What’s better than being awarded PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel’s prestigious Thiel Fellowship? How about announcing your fast-growing startup’s new mobile app the same day–at the ripe age of 20.”

June5, 2015

“Billionaire Peter Thiel is giving these 20 kids $100,000 to drop out of college and start companies” on Business Insider

“Today the Thiel Foundation announced its next class of 20 fast-tracked college dropouts hoping to be the next Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates.”

June5, 2015

“Thiel Foundation Names New Class of College Dropout-Entrepreneurs” on Xconomy

“When PayPal founder and tech investor Peter Thiel first beckoned young people to drop out of college and become entrepreneurs, the alternative he offered was pretty controversial.”

June5, 2015

“Race for a Smart Contact Lens Gets New Entry from a Thiel Dropout” on the MIT Technology Review

“The latest entrepreneur to attempt to build a “smart contact lens” that helps people track medical conditions is a 22-year-old college dropout.”

June5, 2015

“Four young Canadians ditch school for $100K fellowships” on The Toronto Star

“If you offered most undergrads $100,000 to drop out of school, they’d probably happily spend it all on booze, fast fashion and selfie sticks. A group of young Canadians, however, are leaving the ivy behind with cheques in hand to kick-start technology-oriented business ventures.”

May7, 2015

“This Database Gathers the Resumes of 27,000 Intelligence Workers” on Motherboard

“Surveillance is usually a one-way street. As the NSA and its partners monitor internet traffic, read peoples’ emails, and analyse phone metadata, the public rarely gets an insight into the people who actually carry out this work. “

April6, 2015

“The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley” on The New York Times

“Therein lies a paradox. These events, held on university campuses in university buildings, are perpetuating one of the more controversial tenets of Silicon Valley: Attending college is no longer a necessity.”

April6, 2015

“Thiel Fellow Raises $25M For OYO Rooms, A Network of Branded Budget Hotels in India” on TechCrunch

“In the largest funding round to date for a Thiel Fellow project, Ritesh Agarwal has raised $25 million from Lightspeed, Sequoia and others to build a branded budget hotel network across India.”

March5, 2015

“This woman dropped out of Princeton at 19 to start a global nonprofit and it completely changed her outlook on education” on Business Insider

“When she was 19 years old, Eden Full dropped out of Princeton University to turn her high school science project into a global company.”

January5, 2015

“2015 30 Under 30: Venture Capital / Rafael Corrales” on Forbes

“A newly promoted partner, Corrales [a Thiel Fellowship mentor] looks for early-stage opportunities among startups focused on consumer mobile, marketplaces, hardware and Bitcoin.”

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