Elon Musk is too hard to emulate


Peter Thiel, co-founder of Palantir.

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Facebook board member and Trump supporter Peter Thiel called Elon Musk a “negative role model” because his many innovations make him difficult to emulate.

Thiel, who called himself a “good friend” of the Tesla and SpaceX CEO, made the comment during a debate on stage at UCLA’s Internet50 event Tuesday. Thiel was debating Robert Metcalfe, a professor innovation and entrepreneurship at University of Texas at Austin, on the question, “has true innovation stalled?”

Thiel argued in the positive, while Metcalfe took the other side.

“Elon is the counterexample” to the argument that true innovation has stalled, Thiel said, comparing him to…


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