topum (topum) wrote,

Prompt from Thiel

PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel is known for his contrarian streak and controversial opinions. As managing partner of the Founders Fund venture capital firm and president of the hedge fund Clarium Capital, he always gave job candidates and the founders of companies seeking an investment this interview prompt: "Tell me something that's true, that almost nobody agrees with you on."

What would you say in response to this prompt?

I am not an original thinker but I share one of Thiel's controversial opinions that I think most people don't, it is that college education on a scale we are seeing now is a waste of time (except for certain professions like medicine, etc). I wouldn't do it again (ditto the Ivy League Business School in the US I went to afterwards). Also, academic credentials alone is not something that impresses me.
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