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There are so many reasons to go grab a ticket to our March San Francisco PandoMonthly right now.

The fact that it’s our first San Francisco event of the year. The fact that we’ve moved to an even more intimate venue, so we’re only selling 60 seats. The fact that there’s a Tennessee whiskey tasting to get you all ready for Southland. (A huge hit at our last New York PandoMonthly.)

There’s also the fact that our guest is PayPal, Slide, and Glow co-founder Max Levchin. Even if the immense power and reach of the PayPal mafia means nothing to you, and you thought throwing sheep was silly, and you have no interest whatsoever in data’s ability to remake healthcare, you should still buy a ticket. Because in 15 years of covering this industry, I can tell you that Max Levchin is one of the most fascinating entrepreneurs I’ve ever interviewed.

There’s a reason he was a major focus of my 2008 book on the rise of Web 2.0– in addition to Reid Hoffman, Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, Kevin Rose, and Mark Zuckerberg. I never fully got how Slide would become huge, but I was convinced that Levchin’s determination would make it into something. And while it’s no longer a thing, he did indeed sell it to Google for hundreds of millions of dollars. There’s a reason he was one of the first people Marissa Mayer turned to to reshape Yahoo’s board once she took over.

As I’ve written before, with Glow — and other projects — Levchin is playing to his strengths again.  You’ll hear a humbling story of an immigrant who moved to the US with nothing, achieved insane heights, and then was humbled again by the gap between the expectations of his second act and the eventual reality.

If you are a regular PandoMonthly consumer you’ve already heard from Peter Thiel and Elon Musk. Now come and see the other PayPal founder who helped create one of the biggest explosions of talent in Silicon Valley history.

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