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Peter Thiel Vs. Gawker: Ryan Holiday on the 'Conspiracy' that rocked the press

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**Parking is located within the building at the One America Center. The entrance is on 7th Street between Colorado and Congress. Guests may park there for $4/half hour. From the garage, guests may take the elevator to the 1st floor, then switch elevators and head to the 14th floor. Guests coming in off the street may enter from Congress St. and take the elevators to the 14th floor.**

Ryan Holiday is the internationally bestselling author of ‘Ego Is the Enemy’ and ‘The Obstacle Is The Way.’ Before joining the New York Observer as media columnist, Holiday was the director of marketing for American Apparel. His creative agency has advised clients like Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as many prominent bestselling authors, including Neil Strauss, Tony Robbins, and Tim Ferriss.

Join us as Bryan Mealer and Ryan Holiday discuss his new book, ‘Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue,’ ( It's a masterful telling of the fascinating battle between popular gossip website Gawker and Silicon Valley titan Peter Thiel--an (almost) unbelievable saga that led to Gawker’s ultimate demise. Informed by interviews with all the key players, this case transcends the narrative of how one billionaire took down a media empire or the current state of the free press. It's a study in power, strategy, and one of the most wildly ambitious--and successful--secret plots in recent memory.

Attendance is free, refreshments will be served. The first 75 attendees to arrive will be gifted a FREE copy of ‘Conspiracy.’

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6:00-6:30 PM: Doors open -- networking with small bites and drinks

6:30-7:30 PM: #ScribdChat with Ryan Holiday & Bryan Mealer

7:30-8:00 PM: Networking and departure

Bryan Mealer is the author of 'The Kings of Big Spring,' 'Muck City' and the New York Times bestseller 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind' ( – written with William Kamkwamba – which has been translated into more than a dozen languages and will soon be released as a major motion picture. He’s also the author of All Things Must Fight to Live, which chronicled his years covering the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the Associated Press and Harper’s. His other work has appeared in Texas Monthly, Esquire, the Guardian, and the New York Times. Mealer and his family live in Austin.