Greatest Silicon Valley billionaire mogul: Elon Musk or Peter Thiel? | The Tylt
Greatest Silicon Valley billionaire mogul: Elon Musk or Peter Thiel?
Elon Musk is as close to Tony Stark as a real human being can get. This Bloomberg video shows his epic rise and how he's become the ultimate "disruptor." Musk has transformed three different industries. When people think about San Francisco, Silicon Valley and a bright future, they think of Elon Musk.
Peter Thiel gets a bad wrap. If you want to really understand the guy, listen to this speech he gave to the National Press Club on Oct. 31st, 2016. Peter Thiel is a libertarian who, more than anything, takes a good hard look at reality and is willing to speak the truth about it:
"No matter what happens in this election, what Trump represents isn't crazy and it's not going away."
But Thiel's reputation proceeds itself. He is known for being ruthless. The best example of this is the Hulk Hogan lawsuit he funded against Gawker Media. And why did he decide to throw in against Gawker? Because the publication "outed" him as gay before Thiel himself publicly said anything (although he wasn't closeted to friends and family). He waited almost a decade for sweet, sweet revenge. And that makes headlines.
Peter Thiel is notorious. Many think the Peter Gregory character from HBO's "Silicon Valley" is based off Thiel.
"... the eccentric libertarian billionaire Peter Thiel is the real wizard behind Ayn Rand’s curtain. Just as fictional Peter Gregory created the micronation island Arallon, real Peter Thiel launched the Seasteading Institute. And if the TED Talk announcing the Gregory Fellowship seems spookily legit, that’s because a real Thiel Fellowship offers $100,000 to kids who will drop out of college. (Even their speech patterns seem similar.)"
While Elon Musk is playing with spaceships, Peter Thiel is taking care of business. He spoke at the Republican National Convention this year and is an intellectual leader in reshaping the party. What do you get when San Francisco exports its best entrepreneurs into politics? We'll find out because of Thiel. He is the name people will think of when they think of San Francisco business leaders.
Musk is a bit overrated. Remember the Hyperloop idea? That's DOA. Musk is great at talking a big game, but of this three major companies, only one of them is turning a profit.
Thiel on the other hand is a great businessman. He understands the fundamentals and doesn't simply bask in the glory of overhyped claims to change humanity. Thiel is taking slow and strong strides that are having a measurable impact on society now, not in a hypothetical future.
Peter Thiel can have the "Silicon Valley" comparisons, because Elon Musk is being compared to real-life superheroes like Iron Man. Elon Musk is a brilliant engineer. He's amassed significantly more wealth than Thiel, started more mainstream companies and has more ambitious goals.
Sure, Thiel is doing a lot to change terrestrial things like party politics and legal precedent. But Musk can't be bothered with that. He is working on species-level events like sending people to Mars and creating a truly sustainable planet.