Thiel–who’s known for co-founding PayPal, the hedge fund Clarium Capital Management and the venture firm The Foundrs Fund–however will not be discussing his investment philosophy. Chances are, he also won’t talk about the New York Post, which last week wrote that Clarium is in danger of posting its second consecutive annual loss.
Instead, Thiel, who sits on the board of Facebook and several other companies and is rated a master by the United States Chess Federation, according to his bio, plans to talk about the Singularity Institute, an organization he funds to research artificial intelligence.
As I wrote last month, Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn and new partner at Greylock Partners, is also part of the lineup at TEDxSV, which boasts that it’s gathering the world’s leading thinkers and doers this weekend to discuss social change.
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Also, I plan to be there on Saturday. Assuming I can juggle my mobile phone, camera, notebook and laptop, I hope to at least tweet it (@agoldfisher) and post some pics at some point.