The Unicorn

Based on technology developed at PayPal, Peter Thiel founded a data-analysis company known as Palantir Technologies. Palantir is a start-up with a different business model than most Silicon Valley companies and its main clients include the CIA, NSA, FBI, Marine Corps and the Air Force. Very little is known publicly about the company despite its status as a ‘Unicorn’ and a valuation in 2015 of 20 billion dollars. This model of Palantir’s head office, the Shire is based on photographs taken by Peter DaSilva for The New York Times in 2014. The world map on the wall of the meeting room is based on the strategy board game “Risk: The Game of Global Domination”.