Saturday, May 26, 2012

Energy Thoughts from Blake Masters' Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup Class Notes

From the Class 14 Notes, on energy.

"If you want to start a company, you should have some important secret. The secret doesn’t need to be that big if you’re doing a classic Internet company, since those generally take less time to build and you can scale them pretty quickly. But if you have something that takes 10-15 years to do, having a small or esoteric secret is not enough to build a decisive lead. [...] Thorium power would be something in the zone of an order of magnitude better than what’s currently possible. [...] The big secret is that thorium has been underexplored for political reasons."
We've done a couple of posts on thorium power before [1,2]. Something to watch. It's really odd that this idea and the gas-to-liquids idea can't seem to get any traction. One of the thorium sources, is this Civilian Nuclear Power report from 1969. How did we go from this to Instagram? Why do kids want to be emo instead of engineers?

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