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Welcome to Curious Minds!

When curious minds get together, they plant the seeds of innovation. New ideas come from asking, What if?, and Why not?

This space was created for innovative learners, leaders, movers and shakers. It's a place for curious minds.

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CM 012: Thiel Fellow Madison Maxey on Making and Design

At 16, Madison Maxey was the youngest to intern at Tommy Hilfiger. Shortly after that, she founded her company, The Crated, a product innovation studio focused on second-generation wearable technology. Then, she went to college, like she was supposed to do. But for Maddy, there was a disconnect between the feelings that she received from…

CM 011: Thiel Fellow Alex Koren on Learning to Fail

Alex Koren had never considered dropping out of college. A successful high school student, he headed to Johns Hopkins University and was class president in his first year. Furthermore, that summer, Alex headed to a high-powered summer internship at Intel, seemingly the perfect opportunity for an undergraduate engineering major. Then something happened. While working at…

CM 010: Thiel Fellow Jihad Kawas on Young Entrepreneurs

Jihad Kawas started his company, Saily, when he was 16 years old growing up in Lebanon. Now, two years later, after a recent public launch, his app has over 140,000 U.S. users and is gaining over 1,000 new users daily. Jihad is a 2015 Thiel Fellow who never attended college. Along the way, he was…

CM 009: Thiel Fellow Charlie Stigler on College and Career

At the age of 16, Charlie Stigler built SelfControl, an app designed to block out online distractions. It has been downloaded by millions. Encouraged by that success, two years later, Charlie founded a successful ed tech company, Zaption, which rethinks the use of video for learning. He did both before the ink was dry on…