PayPal co-founder says workers with Asperger’s more effective than workers with MBA

ZeroSan Francisco — In a conference hosted by Reaching Out MBA held Oct. 4, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, pointed out to his audience why workers with Asperger’s syndrome are more likely to reach their full potential in the business world compared to workers who have gained an MBA.

Thiel made a number of thought-provoking statements during the promotional conference of his book, “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future“. In his book, Thiel suggests that people without an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often walk out on ideas, that might at first seem strange, which becomes their weakness. Thiel perceives that successful ideas are often the unconventional, strange ones.

The PayPal co-founder also emphasized that the workers with Asperger’s are often behind the most successful companies as they are not intimidated by  the off-beat ideas that they often come up with.

In “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future“, Thiel also argued that competitiveness hinders one’s chance to come up with unique and unparalleled ideas, as competition pressures every competitor to come up with an idea that’s almost entirely the same in concept as their rivals.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future” was published last month by Virgin Books.

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