Thursday, December 08, 2011

PA Notes in the 11/28 New Yorker

There were a few interesting notes relating to Pennsylvania in the Nov. 28th issue of the New Yorker.

In "Pre-Occupied:  the origins and future of Occupy Wall Street," by Mattathias Schwartz, we learn that one or the founders of Occupy Wall Street, Micah White, went to Swarthmore.  Their webmaster, Justine Tunney lives (lived?) in Philadelphia.

In "No Death, No Taxes:  the libertaran futurism of a Silicon Valley billionaire," by George Packer, focuses on Peter Thiel, a founder of PayPal and a mentor of Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder.  One company that Thiel had given funding to was started by two Carnegie Mellon graduates.  They initially planned to start their company in Pittsburgh but Thiel persuaded them to stay on the West Coast. 

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