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Billionaire PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel to speak at Dublin-based global tech conference The Summit

Published 19/06/2014 | 06:01

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Dublin-based tech conference The Summit has revealed that billionaire PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel is to be a speaker at this year's event in November.

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Thiel, who is also an investor in billion-dollar Irish online payments firm Stripe, will take centre stage with fellow PayPal founder Max Levchin as one of the main draws at this year's event.

Thiel was Facebook's first external investor and is regarded as one of the most senior technology financiers in the world.

Co-founder Paddy Cosgrave said that The Summit expects to surpass 20,000 attendees this year, making it one of the world's biggest technology events.

The conference, which takes place over three days from November 4th, will also add food and sports events in addition to enterprise, digital marketing and the 'internet of things'.

Other speakers announced include the founder of online dating app Tinder, Sean Rad, chief executive of Oculus VR, Brendan Iribechief and Cisco's chief technology officer, Padmasree Warrior.

Last year, fellow PayPal founder and founder of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, drove onto the main stage of The Summit's RDS event in Dublin in a green Tesla car for his discussion with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

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