Spencer came to town, as did Brimelow and notorious far-right troll Charles C. “Chuck” Johnson, who was spotted in the convention hall. Johnson, who said he never met Thiel, didn’t deny the email’s accuracy to BuzzFeed News, but said he was just speaking of Thiel in a general sense of “serious” people with “big money.”. Led by CEO Alex Karp, who once said “it would be hard to make up someone I find less appealing” than Trump, the big data company has signed contracts with federal agencies whose ranks were staffed with people vetted by Thiel and his associates during the transition. Meanwhile, Thiel sought to extend his influence in more traditional conservative circles. JT just said you can do this real quick and I said yes and then did it. Peter Thiel is the founder of several successful companies and is also an investor. Chuck Johnson and O’Neill did not respond to requests for comment. One avowed white nationalist privately speculated that Thiel’s money and influence could have made him “our George Soros.”. Thiel’s line of thinking that American companies doing business in China amounts to providing technology to the Chinese Communist Party has also been parroted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Thiel arrives with his private security detail at Trump Tower on Dec. 5, 2016, in New York City. The Libertarian Logic of Peter Thiel. After the president blamed violence on “both sides” following the killing of a 32-year-old counterprotester, tech giants including Apple, IBM, and Microsoft distanced themselves from the council, which was ultimately disbanded in embarrassment by the administration. But no venture capitalist bats 1000, and Thiel's biggest whiff was of much greater consequence than pushing a mediocre app into the market. Subject: Right Wing Dinner Squad, III Enter Peter Thiel, who is both a theorist and an exemplar of Silicon Valley, in which business is a more visionary endeavor, in which talent is less social and more singular. He's an entrepreneur, startups investor, hedge fund manager, and astute businessman who co-founded Paypal -- … Those close to Thiel said he believes this is the window for the company, which has never had an annual profit, to hit the market. Spencer and his think tank National Policy Institute were “being eyed for larger donations, but he blew it. Thiel again met with people adjacent to the white nationalist fringe in the first year of the Trump presidency, according to two sources with knowledge of the event. 11.3k Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from ‘peterthiel’ hashtag The group, designed to be a more radical version of established conservative campus groups, was a launching pad for a new generation of white power activists. Thiel has repeatedly launched this criticism at Google in recent years, beginning during a July speech at the National Conservatism conference in which he called the research "treasonous. Two months before Election Day, Thiel still shows no signs of getting involved. ... YouTube celebrities and Instagram influencers sell the exact kinds of behaviors that the Bible warns us about. Counterintuitively, in this way-beyond-liberal city, the hottest ticket is an invite to a dinner hosted by one of the people who helped get Donald J. Trump elected in 2016: Peter Thiel. Ryan Mac is a senior tech reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco. “Peter Thiel is a contrarian, first and foremost. An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Thiel was the first openly gay speaker at a Republican National Convention. 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