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Peter Thiel calls Elon Musk a 'negative role model', says young people find it hard to emulate him

Peter Thiel reportedly believes that young people find it hard to emulate the Tesla CEO.

Oct 31, 2019, 11.10 AM IST
Peter (left) first compared Elon (right) to Apple CEO Steve Jobs and then called him a 'negative role model'.
Peter (left) first compared Elon (right) to Apple CEO Steve Jobs and then called him a 'negative role model'.

SAN FRANCISCO: Peter Thiel, a Trump supporter and entrepreneur, has called Tesla CEO Elon Musk, a "negative role model" due to his many innovations which make him difficult to emulate.

Thiel, while debating the question: "Has true innovation stalled?" with Robert Metcalfe, professor at University of Texas during UCLA's Internet50 event, also called Musk a good friend.

Thiel compared Musk to former Apple CEO Steve Jobs and hailed him as a single great innovator. He said, "Elon is the counter example" to the hype that true innovation has stalled.

"It's a very weird thing where that's the go-to story is we have one person who helped develop electric cars and reusable rockets," Thiel said.

"But if you tell a young person, why don't you be like Elon? it's a negative role model where the basic response is well that is too hard, I can't do that," he added.

Thiel's association with Musk dates back, Thiel was the co-founder of PayPal and it was taken over by Musk's financial services company.

Recently, Musk's request to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by British caver Vernon Unsworth over a "pedo guy" tweet, was denied by a Los Angeles judge.

US District Judge Stephen Wilson in Los Angeles has ruled that a jury will have to decide whether those tweets count as recklessly negligent.

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