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I think that is what the parent comment meant by using shrewd in contrast with negative:

> I had very negative feelings about Thiel, [...] but I'll at least concede he's a very shrewd individual.

Also, the Oxford definition for shrewd:

> Having or showing sharp powers of judgement; astute:

Source: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/shrewd

Correct. I think it's an understatement, considering how much crap he got for joining what looked like a sinking ship.

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