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Monday, Silicon Valley investor and PayPal/Palantir co-founder Peter Thiel sent his very first tweet. It was a promotion for his new book Zero to One.
“I have a lot of catching up to do,” Thiel admitted during his TechCrunch Disrupt interview.
The businessman has long been a [company] Twitter [/company] skeptic, with his investment firm Founder’s Fund saying in its manifesto, “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.
In the past, Thiel has explained that he hasn’t tweeted because he’s nervous about writing something publicly that will follow him forever. It’s not clear why he chose to tweet now, except perhaps to market his book. During his interview, Thiel didn’t elaborate on reasoning behind the shift in behavior, or whether he’d start tweeting regularly.
The rest of the conversation covered a wide range of hot Silicon Valley topics. The duo discussed the Uber-Lyft rivalry, and Thiel – disclosing that he’s an investor in Lyft – said that he thinks the unofficial slogan for Uber is ‘Do a little bit of evil and don’t get caught.’
On whether Peter Thiel sees similarities between himself and Peter Gregory, a character in the HBO show Silicon Valley who’s widely believed to be based on him, Thiel deferred. “I’m the last person in the world to ask this stuff,” he said. “On some level it’s incredibly flattering.”
He then gave a mini speech, on how Silicon Valley is rising in importance culturally. It’s becoming the place that young, talented people want to move to, because it’s defining the future, for better or worse. “I do think we’re better than the rest of the country, but we shouldn’t believe it too much,” Thiel said.