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The Founders

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The story of PayPal and the entrepreneurs who shaped Silicon Valley.

The ability to make secure, simple payments over the internet is something so embedded in everyday life that we tend to take it for granted.  But it wasn’t always that way.  What really changed things was the development of PayPal. 

The PayPal story features a number of fascinating characters, many of who have gone on to do other amazing things including Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and Reid Hoffman.  What became known as the PayPal mafia would go on to be founders or advise  companies such as Tesla, YouTube, SpaceX, Yelp, and LinkedIn, among others. 

How PayPal came to be is a fascinating story of engineering, creativity, courage, and a bit of luck.  The story is told in a fascinating new book by Jimmy Soni entitled THE FOUNDERS: The story of PayPal and the entrepreneurs who shaped Silicon Valley.

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Roger is a retired partner in the international law firm of Latham & Watkins. He is the co-founder and Chairman of Buildable Hours, a non-profit group that organizes law firms to build homes with Habitat for Humanity in several cities around the country. He and his wife Rana Tahtinen enjoy skiing and many of the other recreational activities offered by Park City. He is passionate about KPCW and its important role in our community.