When 24-year-old author and entrepreneur Stacey Ferreira dropped out of NYU last year to participate in the Thiel Fellowship, the grant program launched by PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel, friends were puzzled by the move.

Others were not only more understanding — she even roped a few of them into joining her newest project, the San Francisco-based startup Forge that she launched after joining the fellowship.

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Along with her brother Scott and friends Lloyd Jones as well as actress Talulah Riley — who earlier this year filed for divorce from Elon Musk — the venture they launched is built around an app focused on hourly workers in retail and quick-service restaurants.

Riley told BGR she and Ferreira met at a GirlGeek panel years ago.

I m always looking for brilliant ideas, opportunities, but it s actually extremely rare that a fantastic idea is coupled with such a strong team, she said.

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