This particular chap had never heard of the Bilderberg Meetings …. and has to say right out of the box … it isn’t the meetings that are secret … they have a web site that tells you all about them. Well – at least when they were held, who was there and who runs them. It’s just what was discussed that seems to be kept under wraps.
And that is all well and good … I mean … even if we wanted to know everything about everything that goes on in the world – well – we just couldn’t – could we?
For example … the 65th and latest meeting occurred just this past June.
The names involved include only 4 names from the tech community ..
Hoffman, Reid (USA), Co-Founder, LinkedIn and Partner, Greylock
Karp, Alex (USA), CEO, Palantir Technologies
Schmidt, Eric E. (USA), Executive Chairman, Alphabet Inc.
Thiel, Peter (USA), President, Thiel Capital
Turns out that the last three are also on the steering committee
Makes sense .. right?
Not really – but go on …
The other chap just saw through me … because you kind of got to know the connections to really wonder ….
You see Peter Thiel amongst other things is the chairman and largest shareholder in a little company called Palantir – the same Palantir noted above that Alex Karp is both founder, CEO and serious stock owner of …
Palantir remains a private company – with no intention to go public …
Karp said in 2013 that …
an IPO would make “running a company like ours very difficult.
That might be because
Palantir Technologies is a private American software and services company which specializes in big data analysis. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, the company is known for two projects in particular: Palantir Gotham and Palantir Metropolis. Palantir Gotham is used by counter-terrorism analysts at offices in the United States Intelligence Community (USIC) and United States Department of Defense, fraud investigators at the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, and cyber analysts at Information Warfare Monitor, while Palantir Metropolis is used by hedge funds, banks, and financial services firms.
It was valued at $20 billion in 2015 … but no need to go public.
Now to be fair .. this chap is not in the world government conspiracy camp of the Bilderberg critics … all he is asking is that if the future of the world is tech why are 2 of the 3 technical members of the steering committee from one very secretive company.