In Tech We Trust? A Debate with Peter Thiel and Marc Andreessen
Monday, April 29, 2013 / 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Martin Giles, U.S. Technology Correspondent, The Economist
Marc Andreessen, Co-Founder and Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Peter Thiel, Partner, Founders Fund
Peter Thiel and Marc Andreessen are Silicon Valley luminaries, epic entrepreneurs and prominent financiers. Both have something to say about where high-tech is taking the world economy, and what is being left behind. Andreessen, co-developer of the first Web browser and now a top venture capitalist, expects software to automate and ultimately dominate most other industries. Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, has written in depth about what he considers the stagnation of innovation in fields that others see as emblems of progress: energy, pharmaceuticals, space exploration, nanotech and much more. In fact, Thiel links the austerity gripping the Western world to productivity gains that never happened. Join these acute observers for a unique exchange on science, business and innovation, or the lack thereof.