Silicon Valley seems split over Thiel's fight with Gawker

Steven Loeb · May 27, 2016 · Short URL:

Vinod Khosla and Marc Andreessen defend him, while Hunter Walk and Mitch Kapor take the other side

When Peter Thiel let the world know that he had indeed been funding Hulk Hogan's lawsuit against gossip website Gawker, seemingly over a story that the site had published about him nine years ago, there was no doubt it would set off a firestorm of controversy.

People seem to be somewhat split about what Thiel has done. Some seem him as a crusader, someone standing upo against yellow journalism, while other see him as a billionaire who used his own money to take down a website he didn't like.

Silicon Valley itself seems split, with entreprenuers and VCs taking both sides of the issue.

On Thiel's side was Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures, who got into a Twitter debate with Recode's Kara Swisher about the topic (no surprise, she is on Gawker's side).

Also backing up Thiel was Marc Andreessen, his fellow Facebook board member, and founder of Andreessen Horowitz.

And his partner, Ben Horowitz, who retweeted this status:

Along with Chris Sacca from Lowercase Capital, who seemed uncomfortable with Thiel's actions while also mostly taking his side.

Meanwhile, plenty of others took the opposite side of the debate. Among those who are standing against Thiel's actions include Homebrew founder Hunter Walk.

And Mitch Kapor of Kapor Capital, who used the opportunity to take a shot at Thiel's support for Donald Trump.

Though he also seemed to admit that neither side has really come out looking great in this situation.

Still, not everyone was praising or condeming Thiel. Some, like Ethan Kurzweil of Bessemer Venture Partners, were confused why he was even doing this in the first place.

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