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If Peter Thiel Thinks Students Should Drop Out of School, Why Is He Teaching at Stanford?

Thiel has been a harsh critic of higher education, but he'll be teaching a startup-centered computer science class.


Peter Thiel, one of the co-founders of PayPal and the first major investor in Facebook, believes so strongly that college is unnecessary that last April he launched "20 Under 20," an experimental fellowship that pays students from some of nation’s most elite universities $100,000 each to drop out and start their own business. But despite his well-documented disdain for higher education, Thiel's headed back to Stanford, his alma mater, to teach a class this spring.

According to the university's course catalog, Thiel's class, "Computer Science 183: Startup", will teach the "conception, launch, scaling, and growing of a successful tech company." One major selling point is the promise that Thiel and his friends will share insider accounts of the early days of Silicon Valley's most successful startups, including PayPal, Google, and Facebook.

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