When it comes to government regulation of business, Peter Thiel has a lot of skin in the game.
That's why the billionaire tech investor and PayPal co-founder is putting together a team of Silicon Valley brains to advise president-elect Donald Trump's transition team on tech policy, according to a Washington Post report. But he's having a hard time finding people to agree to sit on an advisory committee.
During the run up to the election, Thiel donated $1.25 million to Trump's presidential bid. He also gave several speeches, including one at the Republican National Convention, calling for greater government support of science and technology.
Among the individuals Thiel has approached: Blake Masters, president of the Thiel Foundation, which is dedicated to college dropouts-turned-entrepreneurs; Joe Lonsdale, who co-founded Palantir Technologies with Thiel; Max Levchin, a PayPal co-founder who sits on the advisory board of President Obama's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
So far, at least one candidate seems open to the idea. Jack Abraham, executive director of Thiel's fellowship program for college dropouts, says the chance to influence government is too valuable to ignore: "There are people who are repulsed by Trump, and it's understandable--Silicon Valley is very liberal," Abraham told the Post. "But it's unfortunate [that some people don't want to contribute] because this is a unique opportunity for smart people to inject ideas."