Clash of the Titans! Former Investment Banker and now Entrepreneur A.J. Steigman has challenged venture capital guru Peter Thiel to a $1 Million Chess Game. According to Steigman “”I’m doing this for all the entrepreneurs or business owners who have great ideas, but don’t have the capital to see it go through. I want to show that there are unconventional ways to raise money.” This should be super inspiring in a time where there are so many young entrepreneurs out there trying to make a way. Steigman and Thiel are both ranked in the top 2500 chess players in the world, so this isn’t just some battle between investment bankers or CEOs. Both men considered Life Masters, the chess match will be a literal super bout of sorts.
Stiegman is now the CEO of the Soletron, a Social E-Commerce site focusing on sneaker culture. If he wins, Steigman wants the PayPal founder Thiel to pay him $1 million to go towards his company’s series A fundraising round. So far, Steigman and Soletron have acquired quite the grocery list of investors. From Bruce Chizen, former CEO of Adobe, to NFL Superbowl MVP Santonio Holmes, amongst other names. Doesn’t seem as if he needs too much help, but this is definitely going to get interesting if Peter Thiel agrees to the challenge! We’ll keep you guys posted.
via Biz Insider