Thiel’s program always fascinated me. My freshman year, I really felt that college had weakened my critical thinking skills — and I was the guy who used to be a staunch advocate of college as key to critical thinking.
What’s interesting, however, is that out of the five interviewed, only one has made money, and that’s been from speaking about… alternative education. Two of the others actually quit their original ventures, one because he felt “uninspired” and the other because he was “overly bogged down.”
Of course, it’s still too early to judge the program a success or failure. And five people out of twenty-four is far too smal a sample size. But I still thought the stories were somewhat interesting, and maybe not quite what I had expected.