Peter Thiel’s ’20 Under 20′: Who we’re putting our money on

20 under 20By now you’ve heard that Peter Thiel, the man behind PayPal and one of Facebook’s earliest investors, is out to find the next Mark Zuckerberg with his newly launched 20 Under 20 Fellowship. Through the foundation, the fellows will be gifted $100,000 and mentorship from Thiel’s wide network of innovators and entrepreneurs and be free – no, encouraged – to pursue their projects for the next two years. Each one is more impressive than the next and naturally have ideas brilliant enough to embarrass you, but of course we had our favorites.

yuBen Yu

Former Harvard freshman Yu, 18, is spot on when it comes to choosing a market with high potential. He wants to found an e-commerce startup that will “revolutionize price comparison on the web.” Those are some lofty claims from a college dropout who will have to square off with the likes of PayPal, eBay, Amazon, and Groupon. But as we’re seeing, the online payment platform seems poised for big change, and Thiel must think Yu could be part a crucial of that.

luanDavid (Jiageng) Luan

Luan began his studies at Andover and Yale when most of us at the age when most of us start middle school.  A lifelong passion for robots has fueled his desire to reinvent the consumer robotics industry. In plainer terms, he finally wants to put robots in your house to chores and tasks of various types and skill levels (seriously, we’ve waited long enough). As for his other interests, Luan was an investment associate for the Yale College Student Investment Group and a research intern for the company that brought us the Roomba, iRobot. Hopefully whatever Luan comes up with blows that self-scooting vacuum with wheels out of the water.

demingLaura Deming

Deming, 17, a California native, started at MIT when she was 14 and now heads IP Immortal. IP Immortal is her go at anti-aging research, which has been something of Deming’s specialty – that’s right, Deming wants to engineer the fountain of youth. Before she quit college on Thiel’s dime, Deming was a researcher for various biotechnology labs and projects at MIT as well as part of the Greek system.

stephens

Dale Stephens

It’s difficult to call anyone in this prestigious group a rebel, but if there is one it would be Stephens. Stephens, 19, heads a social movement called UnCollege, where his position is “chief educational deviant.” A product of the homeschooling system, he advocates for more self-direction in the education system that focuses on learning and experience rather than curriculum and…well, a degree. On his site he says “you must differentiate to succeed.” Looks like his own advice has worked out pretty well: He dropped out of Hendrix College last year and now has the Thiel Foundation to fund his projects.

proudJames Proud

Proud, 20, has had his eye on taking the digital world over for awhile. He’s been heavily investing his efforts into his startup GigLocator, a site that builds a social network around the artists you love and the shows they play. He’s also an experienced programmer (roughly 11 years of experience, FYI), appears to have a healthy respect for Sean Parker, and true to digital junkie form, a Quora user. In what may have been foreshadowing (we doubt it), in March he described Peter Thiel as a forward-thinking VC. But our favorite answer from Proud has to be concerning Lil’ Wayne’s new album.

ruethChristopher Rueth

Rueth sounds like the Julian Assange of the group – of course in what we hope is a much less hostile, flirting-with-serious-prison-time sort of way. Rueth runs (or ran – we’re uncertain of the state of the project) Shadowsnet, an “unrestricted and uncensored” browser. According to the site, it takes your information request, “fetch[es] the resource and send[s] it back to you. This means you can look for what could be called questionable information anonymously and allows you to get beyond any possible restrictions set up by your office, school, or even government. Rueth wants to “emancipate the Internet” and revolutionize how we think about censored information.

Mobile

Upcoming Honor View 20 may forgo the notch for new display technology

Nearly a year after Honor released the spectacular Honor View 10, the Chinese smartphone giant appears to be hard at work on its successor, the Honor View 20. Here's everything we know about the upcoming midrange powerhouse.
Gaming

'Pokémon: Let's Go' is a different kind of Pokémon game. Here's how to master it

Pokémon: Let's Go is a mashup of traditional Pokémon RPGs and Pokémon Go. Still, new mechanics will make it feel somewhat new for even seasoned trainers. To help you on your journey to Victory Road, check out these tips and tricks in our…
Gaming

The Fix PUBG campaign is over: What’s next for ‘PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’?

The PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds development team declared that the Fix PUBG campaign was over. Here are the results of the three-month campaign, as well as the future plans for the multiplayer Battle Royale shooter.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'The Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘The Good Place’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Computing

Service restored after glitch locks out Microsoft Office 365 business users

Microsoft reported that a problem with its system caused some users to be locked out of their accounts. Because the multifactor authentication system went down globally, some Office 365 and Azure users were unable to log in.
Computing

Need a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator? Here are our favorites

Photoshop and other commercial tools can be expensive, but drawing software doesn't need to be. This list of the best free drawing software is just as powerful as some of the more expensive offerings.
Gaming

Playing ‘Battlefield V’ on an $800 Nvidia card is stunning. And disappointing

‘Battlefield V’ is the first game to use Nvidia’s ray tracing support, now available with the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti graphics cards. The feature can, in an ideal scenario, make the game look better, but the performance hit may not be…
Deals

The best Walmart Black Friday deals in 2018

Walmart has historically been the undisputed king of Black Friday deals. The mega-store is known for offering deals on products in almost every category, from smart TVs to children’s toys. We're combing through every deal as it is…
Computing

Want to game on your Chromebook? Here's where to start

Chromebooks aren't great for gaming, but there are a few titles that most machines can run. There's a surprisingly diverse crowd that includes role-playing games, action side-scrollers, and puzzlers.
Computing

All the best Apple MacBook deals for Black Friday 2018

Shoppers looking for a new Apple laptop could find huge savings on a new MacBook come Black Friday. Retailers are offering discounts as much as $650 on select MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro models this holiday season.
Smart Home

All the best Amazon Black Friday deals for 2018

Amazon may be an online-only retailer, but that doesn’t mean its Black Friday sales are anything to sniff at. In fact, due to its online status, Amazon has huge flexibility with the range of products and deals it can offer. Here's our…
Computing

Save a heap with these Black Friday 2018 graphics card deals

The Black Friday 2018 sales period is finally here and it's brought with it a tonne of great component deals. We've been scouring websites and catalogs for days to find you the best graphics cards deals for Black Friday 2018.
Computing

HP takes $100 off of leather-clad Spectre Folio 13 bundle for Black Friday

HP is offering a discount to Black Friday shoppers for a bundle that includes its leather-wrapped answer to Apple's MacBook Air. HP is offering a $100 discount on the Spectre Folio 13 when bundled with a mouse and leather sleeve.
Deals

The best Target Black Friday deals for 2018

The mega-retailer opens its doors to the most competitive shoppers at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 22, and signs indicate that the retailer means business this year. We've sifted through all of the deals, from consumer electronics to small…