Tuesday, December 30, 2014

"High-salaried, unaligned lab drones"

Dear Peter, I love you too.
Cheers, a low-salaried, all-too-often over-aligned lab drone
Via biotech trader @chasingthealpha, some complimentary thoughts on biotech/pharma scientists from Peter Thiel's book "Zero to One."

(See my accompanying critique here.)


  1. One of the great problems for Science types is that stuff like this just gives the public the expectation that as a Science Stem guy/girl you should be making a high salary and all the trappings that come with it. If you dont (low salary old apt dweller like me), people may conclude that there is something wrong with you. When society thinks that you are a failure its not good for the ego. Getting a PhD from a second-tier grad school is a devotion to masochism.

  2. The first line in the table above is missing. Biotech startups look for their bread crumbs in an existing, natural system - the patients. Software startups create their products out of pure imagination. Natural limitations are confined to maximum caffeine intake.
    When software startups begin to deal with the material world we call them "ubers" and hate them.

  3. Maybe the next time you get seriously sick, you can eat your iPad.