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Peter Thiel

The PayPal co-founder (and early Facebook investor) hasn't taken to teaching full time, but earlier this year he did offer a course focusing on startups at Stanford University. The class filled to capacity in minutes, but student Blake Masters put his notes online (earning a small measure of Internet fame for passing on the lessons learned).

"To understand businesses and startups in 2012, you have to do the truly contrarian thing: you have to think for yourself," Masters quoted Thiel as saying. "The question of what is valuable is a much better question than debating bubble or no bubble."

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