Erik is joined on this episode by Danielle Strachman (@DStrachman) and Mike Gibson (@William_Blake), co-founders and general partners at 1517 Fund. They also both worked extensively on the Thiel Fellowship.They discuss:- The story of the genesis of the Thiel Fellowship.- The lessons learned from running the Fellowship.- Their idiosyncratic paths to running a venture capital fund.- The signals they relied on to find the right applicants.- How to change how higher ed works in the US.- The lessons that the US can learn from other countries when it comes to college.- How students can have a conversation with their parents about not going to college.- Whether something like the Thiel Fellowship can scale.- The lessons that homeschooling has for other forms of education.Thanks for listening — if you like what you hear, please review us on your favorite podcast platform. Check us out on the web at or get in touch with us on Twitter @villageglobal.Venture Stories is brought to you by Village Global and is hosted by co-founder and partner, Erik Torenberg. Grace Chen is our audio engineer and the show is produced by Brett Bolkowy.

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