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Please join us on Tuesday, October 20, at 7 p.m., for a NestED talk by Danielle Strachman and Michael Gibson, co-founders of the Thiel Fellowship, a grant-making program founded by Peter Thiel to foster the next generation of young innovators.
Beginning in 2010, the Thiel Fellowship ignited national debate by encouraging young people to put learning before schooling. Originally called “20 under 20,” Thiel’s program gave recipients $100,000 over two years to drop out of school and actively pursue other work in technology, the sciences, and philanthropy. David Lau, Andover ’09 alum and one of the first Thiel Fellows, built an artificial intelligence company called Dextro.
Strachman and Gibson have recruited, selected, and mentored 104 Thiel Fellows and helped them raise more than $100 million in venture financing. Strachman is the visionary behind the Thiel Summit series that has been attended by ~2000 young entrepreneurs and is a premier hub for young talent. Previous to her work with the Thiel Foundation, Strachman founded and directed Innovations Academy in San Diego, a K-8 charter school serving 350 students, with a focus on student- led project based learning and other alternative programs.
Gibson was vice president for grants at the Thiel Foundation and a principal at Thiel Capital. For nearly five years, he has contributed research to Peter Thiel’s global macro hedge fund, assisted in teaching a course at Stanford Law School on sovereignty and technological change, and helped run the Thiel Fellowship. He serves on the board of the Seasteading Institute. He has written on innovation and technology for MIT’s Technology Review, the Atlantic, and Forbes.
NestED, the OWHL Makerspace’s speaker series, invites makers, educators, artists, and innovators to come speak at the Nest, demo their projects, and provide inspiration for all.