Michael Gibson is co-founder and general partner at 1517 Fund, an early stage venture capital fund that works with hackers and makers outside the university system. Previously he was vice president for grants at the Thiel Foundation and a principal at Thiel Capital. For nearly five years working for Peter Thiel, he has contributed research to Peter’s global macro hedge fund, assisted in teaching a course at Stanford Law School on sovereignty and technological change, and helped run the Thiel Fellowship. He has served on the board of the Seasteading Institute since 2014. Before his academic apostasy, he was working towards a doctorate in philosophy at the University of Oxford. He has written on innovation and technology for MIT’s Technology Review, the Atlantic, Reason, National Review, and Forbes.