In the influential New York Magazine, Brian Feldman headlines his article with the possibility that Peter Thiel might just a crank. Here you can read it.
As many in the legal sector know, Thiel funded "Hogan v. Gawker." And, as many in the political sector know, he is one of the few in Silicon Valley who is supporting Donald Trump. Recently, Thiel, a wealthy innovator and venture capitalist, donated $1 million to the Trump campaign.
Thiel is also the author of best-seller "Zero to One." Some consider it a must-read for entrepreneurs. A bit of advice in the book is not to create a new wrinkle on a social network like Facebook but go after something authentically innovative.
Indeed, Theil has had his finger in many pies, to use that cliché. And that might be why he is no longer the new shiny toy which dazzles media and other watchers.
His talk at the National Press Club Feldman seemed, well, odd. At best it presented platitudes. At worse, it seemed devoid of deep knowledge of subjects such as politics. And, although he has a law degree from Stanford, he doesn't seem to understand the implications of his funding what some view as a weak case. Had it not been argued in a state court which was the home base of the plaintiff, the jury might have acquitted.
If Thiel wants to preserve his brand, he might stick with tech and venture capitalism. By stepping out into areas of expertise he does not seem to truly get, he could wind up being positioned and packaged as, yes, a crank. Steve Jobs didn't stray far from the business of Apple.
It would be sad to observe Thiel embarking on a downward trajectory in the court of public opinion.
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