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Confirm or Deny: Confirm or Deny: Peter Thiel


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Maureen Dowd: California should secede.

Peter Thiel: Confirm. I’d be fine with that. I think it would be good for California, good for the rest of the country. It would help Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign.

Meryl Streep is overrated.

Confirm. She’s probably very overrated, especially by all the people who are vociferously saying that she’s overrated.

You did the seating chart at the Trump tech meeting.

Deny.

You have eaten 3-D printed meat, which you invested in.

Deny.

The empire in “Star Wars” gets a bad rap.

Deny. Oh, come on.

You like “Star Trek” more than “Star Wars.”

Deny. I like “Star Wars” way better. I’m a capitalist. “Star Wars” is the capitalist show. “Star Trek” is the communist one. There is no money in “Star Trek” because you just have the transporter machine that can make anything you need. The whole plot of “Star Wars” starts with Han Solo having this debt that he owes and so the plot in “Star Wars” is driven by money.

You have written some of Trump’s tweets.

Deny.

The Trump elevator is the new Mordor.

Deny, although that’s close.

You’ve never stayed at a Trump hotel.

Deny. I’ve stayed at the Trump International in New York.

We should create a GPS-style algorithm to tell employees what to do at any given moment, like Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund, is doing, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Deny. That’s always the place where everyone’s overpaid and superunhappy. That algorithm doesn’t seem like a formula for happiness.

As Jeff Bezos said of you in October, contrarians are usually wrong.

Deny.

Liberals are intolerant.

I’ll confirm that but that’s too one-sided. You have to get some nuances in here. I think it depends where they are. If you’re the village atheist in a small town in Alabama, you’re probably the most tolerant person there.

Optimism doesn’t sell anymore.

That’s complicated. It always sells some but not as much.

Mark Zuckerberg asked you to invest in Facebook while wearing pajamas.

Deny. The actual story was that Sean Parker convinced him to go to Sequoia Capital wearing pajamas to insult them at some point.

Zuckerberg did not have a great pitch.

Confirm. He was 19 years old. He was totally introverted, didn’t say much. You desperately need a good pitch when you have a bad company. When you have a great company, you don’t need a great pitch.

Facebook is a media company.

I think the official policy is to deny that.

The media should trust Facebook.

Confirm. Although, trusting in what way? There are a comical number of misguided conspiracy theories about Facebook.

Google had too much power in the Obama administration.

Confirm. Google had more power under Obama than Exxon had under Bush 43.

The age of Apple is over.

Confirm. We know what a smartphone looks like and does. It’s not the fault of Tim Cook, but it’s not an area where there will be any more innovation.

There’s no job you would take in the Trump administration.

Confirm. I want to stay involved in Silicon Valley and help Mr. Trump as I can without a full-time position.

You do not like your character in HBO’s “Silicon Valley.”

Deny. I liked him. I watched the first season. My character died. I think eccentric is always better than evil.

You don’t like cowhide rugs because you were sitting on one when you asked your father, Klaus, what happened to the cow and you understood mortality.

Yes, I very strongly confirm.

You do weird diets.

Confirm — on Paleo diet.

You believe that no one should ever eat sugar.

Confirm. We preach, we don’t always practice.

You think the stock market is a giant bubble right now.

Confirm.

You should always switch doors in the Monty Hall problem.

Confirm.

Your favorite movie is “No Country for Old Men.”

I like that one, yeah.

You’re addicted to online chess.

Confirm. I delete it and download it a few times a year. I have it right now.

Your favorite opening move is Pawn to King 4.

Confirm.

The quote you like to use from Enoch Powell, “All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure,” applies to Trump.

Deny. He’s not a standard politician.

Death and taxes are not actually certain.

Confirm.

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