Founders Fund co-founder Peter Thiel.

Founders Fund will give dough to early-stage science startups

Founders Fund already stands out for backing startups with radical ideas, including Counsyl, Hampton Creek, Planet Labs, and SpaceX. Now the venture firm is making a formal commitment to funding startups in aeronautics, life sciences, nanotechnology, and other geeky realms.

Entrepreneurs working at White Bear Yard, an East London coworking space .

The 6 hottest startups in London in 2014

During a recent trip to East London, I caught up with two of the city’s most active seed firms Passion Capital and Index Ventures. Here are the startups that they predict may break through in 2014.

Why you shouldn’t listen to Peter Thiel about dropping out of college

Attention high school graduates with dreams of becoming a doctor: That’s a bad idea. Instead, become a plumber. You’ll make more money. If you think that sounds crazy, that’s because it is. But that’s precisely the message from noted investor and Libertarian Peter Thiel, who sees education as a liability rather than an asset.