CS 183 -Peter Thiel – Entire Class Readings

For those of you who want to complement  Blake Master’s notes with the class readings:

Class 1: The Challenge of the Future (4/2)

1. “How to make Wealth” -Paul Graham

2. “Why Sofware is eating the World”- Marc Andreessen


Class 2: Party Like it’s 1999? (4/4)

1. Founders at work: “Lycos”

2. “It’s the I.P.O., Stupid!” -Nina Munk

3.“When Whirl Was King,” Rodes Fishburne

3. “What the Bubble Got Right,” Paul Graham


Class 3: Value Systems (4/9)

1. “All Revenue is Not Created Equal,” Bill Gurley


Class 4: The Last Mover Advantage (4/11)

1. “Google Redefines Disruption,” Bill Gurley


Class 5: The Mechanics of Mafia (4/16)

1.“Recruiting Programmers to Your Startup,” Chris Dixon

2. “What You Can’t Say,” Paul Graham


Class 6: Thiel’s Law (4/18)

1. Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist pages: 35-59, 61-72, 73-94


Class 7: Follow the Money (4/23)

1. “Subject: AirBNB,” Paul Graham/Fred Wilson

2. “The Founder’s Dilemma,” Noam Wasserman


Class 8: Pitch (4/25)

1. “The Three Means of Persuasion,” Aristotle

2. “Extraneous factors in judicial decisions,” 

3. “How Friends Ruin Memory,” Jonah Lehrer

4. “Following the Crowd: Brain Substrates of 

5. “DARPA Seeks to Understand Storytelling,

Class 12: War and Peace (5/19)

1. Excerpt, War and Peace


Class 13: You are not a lottery ticket (5/14)

1. “See Randomness,” Paul Graham


Class 14: Seeing Green (5/16)

1. “Why Silicon Valley Should Not Normalize

2. “Greentech Startups,” Warren Hogarth

Class 15: Back to the Future (5/21)

1. “Mars Direct”


Class 16: Decoding Ourselves (5/23)

1. Reading is not available online


Class 17: Deep Thought (5/30)

1. Class about artificial intelligence. No reading


Class 18: Founder as Victim or God (6/4)

1. Reading is not available online. Premise of class is that founder and more broadly successful people are often times the scapegoat

Class 19: Stagnation and Singularity (6/6)

1. Reading is not available online


I am trying to figure out what’s the most effective way to share the class slides and other material not available online. Let me know if you have any ideas.



One comment

  1. Simon Pickup


    Thanks for creating this list – it’s been invaluable as I follow along on Blake Master’s blog. Will you be posting the rest of the readings?


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