December 7, 2010
Peter Thiel, the billionaire co-founder of PayPal, is bringing together an impressive gathering of Silicon Valley investors to spread some interest in the future. As the original big financial backer for Facebook, Thiel has the respect of many of his venture-minded peers. Tonight, at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, he’ll play host to around 200 hand-picked movers and shakers at a special invite-only dinner referred to as Audacious Optimism. We got a hold of a partial expected guest list and were suitably wowed: Larry Page (co-founder of Google), Philip Rosedale (Second Life), Elon Musk (PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla Motors), Dustin Moskovitz (co-founder of Facebook), Pierluigi Zappacosta (Logitech)…the list goes on. Those names represent many billions of dollars in investment potential. The aim of the evening seems to be exposing this monetary might to companies looking to capitalize on advanced technology like AI and regenerative medicine.