Joe Lonsdale is co-founder and managing partner at 8VC, a US-based venture capital firm which manages ~$3.5 billion. He was an early institutional investor in many notable companies including Wish, Oculus (acq.Facebook), Guardant Health (NASDAQ: GH), Oscar, Illumio, Gusto, Blend, Flexport, Joby Aviation, Orca Bio, Qualia, Synthego, RelateIQ (acq.Salesforce) and many others. Joe has been on the Forbes 100 Midas List since 2016 and was the youngest member included in 2016 and 2017.
Before focusing on institutional investing, Joe co-founded Palantir (NASDAQ: PLTR) a global software company known for its work in defense and other industries, as well as for providing the platform to run the COVID-19 common operating picture for key decision makers in over 35 countries.
After Palantir, he founded and remains as Chairman of both Addepar, which has over $2 trillion managed on its wealth management technology platform, and OpenGov, which provides software for over 2,000 municipalities and state agencies.More recently, he is also a co-founder of Affinity, Epirus, Esper, Swiftscale Bio, Resilience Bio, and other mission-driven technology companies, which he continues to create with his team out of the 8VC Build program. Joe began his career as early executive at Clarium Capital, which he helped grow into a large global macro hedge fund. He also worked with PayPal as a computer scientist while in college.
Joe received a BS in Computer Science from Stanford in 2003. He often lectures and writes on entrepreneurship, technology and public policy.
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