In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter sits down with David Kelley, author of Creative Confidence, professor of Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, and founder of IDEO, one of the world’s most prestigious design firms.
Peter Thielspoke about the basic principles that underlie innovative products and startup firms, using examples from his own experience starting up firms such as Paypal and Palantir. He emphasized the importance of creating a firm or product with characteristics of monopoly, and contrasted that idea with the distinction between monopoly and competition taught in economics.
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Congress and the scientific community need to review and revise the nation’s research priorities. We are wasting money on trivial or poorly-conceived projects while life-threatening illnesses are shortchanged.
On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 7:30 p.m., Stanford kicked off the new speaker series, The Security Conundrum, with General Michael Hayden’s talk entitled “Inside the NSA.” Hayden was the first principal deputy director of national intelligence (2005 – 2006) and director of the National Security Agency (1999 – 2005).