Friday, June 10, 2011
Thiel Foundation Fellows
On Wednesday, Thiel announced the appointment of twenty-four Thiel Fellows. It’s a diverse group of tinkerers, troublemakers, entrepreneurs, scientists, and idealists. Sorting through the more than 400 applications for the program “made me a lot more optimistic about this country,” Thiel says.
The common denominator: they’re all under 20, and they’re all opting out of the college experience as we know it. Instead of sitting through college lectures, they’ll be exploring on their own. During their two-year tenure, each fellow will get $100,000 from the Thiel Foundation. Perhaps more valuable: they’ll get access to Thiel’s network. This is the guy Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg calls for advice.
Posted by Andy Matthews at 9:06 AM