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Peter Thiel's VC firm Founders Fund announces Hereticon



peter thielPeter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, delivers a speech during the evening session on the fourth day of the Republican National Convention on July 21, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.Alex Wong / Getty Images

  • On Tuesday, the Founders Fund announced Hereticon, a conference in New Orleans for "dissenting thinkers." The conference will run for three days in May 2020, according to a blog post announcing the news.
  • The conference will include discussions on topics that will be "banned from other conferences," such as immortality, doomsday preparation, biological modification, UFOs, and drag culture, according to the post.
  • The Founders Fund says Hereticon will welcome speakers who have been banned from other tech conferences.
  • As the founder of the Founders Fund, Peter Thiel is one of the most controversial venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, and one of the industry's most vocal Trump supporters.
  • Founders Fund Vice President Michael Solana told Business Insider that "We believe Hereticon will be essential to human progress and hope Hereticon will spark important conversations within our community and beyond – that's really the only goal."

Ever wanted to learn about immortality or UFOs from Facebook board member Peter Thiel? You might just be in luck.

On Tuesday, Thiel's venture firm Founders Fund announced Hereticon, a conference for "ideological outcasts." The conference will run for three days in May 2020 in New Orleans at an undetermined location, according to a blog post announcing the news.

"We believe Hereticon will be essential to human progress and hope Hereticon will spark important conversations within our community and beyond – that is really the only goal," Founders Fund Vice President Michael Solana told Business Insider over email.

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The post lists a range of topics for discussion, including immortality, doomsday preparation, biological modification, UFOs, and drag culture, among others. The form linked at the bottom of the post allows those interested to submit any topics or ideas they would also like to discuss if outside the already lengthy list outlined in the post.

"After dark, on the top floor of our hotel, in a hidden room plastered with newspaper clippings of sightings and secret bases, there may be a talk or two about UFOs and literally a session. Let's get weird," Solana wrote in the post .

Worth noting is Thiel's reputation in Silicon Valley, where he is known as a contrarian and an iconoclast. Thiel is one of the most vocal supporters of President Trump in Silicon Valley, a historically liberal enclave. He's also been known to use controversial blood transfusion therapies in pursuit of his dream of living forever.

Hereticon will welcome intellectuals from all walks of life that have been banned from other conferences, the post says. The announcement invokes thinkers like Galileo and Jesus Christ, saying that without dissent, growth is all but impossible.

"But while our culture is fascinated by the righteousness of our historical heretics, it is obsessed with the destruction of heretics among us today," Solana writes in the blog post.

Founders Fund is reportedly an investor in some of the controversial industries that leave more traditional investors hesitant, including a cybersecurity startup and Palmer Luckey's secret digital border wall startup Anduril.

"A world without heretics is a world in decline, and in a declining civilization everything we value, from science and technology to prosperity and freedom, is in jeopardy," the post concludes.


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