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Founders Fund

The Founders Fund is a venture capital firm headquartered in San Francisco, California, investing in technology companies that was founded in 2005 by Peter Thiel, Ken Howry, and Luke Nosek.

The Founders Fund is a venture capital firm investing in a wide variety of companies developing technologies and businesses in aerospace & transportation, biotechnology & health, advanced machines & artificial intelligence, energy, analytics & software, consumer internet & media. Peter Thiel, Ken Howry, and Luke Nosek founded the Founders Fund in 2005, and the firm is headquartered in San Francisco, California. Notable investments made by the Founders Fund include: Airbnb, Lyft, Spotify, Facebook, ZocDoc, Palantir Technologies, and SpaceX.



Timeline

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Website
Industry
Location

Bolt Threads is a biotechnology company that makes high performance fabrics and materials using biology.

Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, better known as SpaceX, is an American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California.

A cloud communications platform for building SMS, Voice & Messaging applications on an API built for global scale that was founded in 2008 and headquartered in San Francisco, California.

Flexport is a licensed freight forwarder and shipping company based in San Francisco, CA, USA. They manage global logistics for businesses.

Domo designs and delivers an executive management platform as a service to help executives manage their business.

A biotechnology company that has built a robotic cloud lab which allows on-demand services for biology laboratories.

Lyft is an American transportation network company. It designs, markets and operates a mobile application for matching drivers with passengers.

Mixhalo is a technology company that has created a closed wifi network capable of transmitting audio in near real-time from a sound source to an app on a smartphone. It was founded in 2016 and is located in San Francisco, California.

LightSail Energy was a Berkeley, California based company developing above-ground compressed air energy storage (CAES) systems

Blend invites companies that service the mortgage industry to sell digital tools--APIs--through its platform.

An insurance technology company utilizing technology, design and data to humanize health care. and offer health insurance.

The Long-Term Stock Exchange is a financial services company and Securities Exchange.

A business intelligence company offering an artificially intelligent analytics web-based software platform .

A technology company offering a platform for supporting the energy workforce.

A biotechnology company developing drugs and treatments to diminish negative health effects associated with aging.

Practice Fusion is a San Francisco-based company founded by Matthew Douglass, Jonathan Malek and Ryan Howard.

Branch offers microloans through a free-to-download Android app in emerging markets.

Silicon Valley-based genetic engineering startup.

A company that created an internet search engine. It was started in 2005 and acquired by Microsoft in 2008. 

Asana provides a project management platform to organize and plan workflows.

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
500,000,000
500,000,000
December 1, 2011
1,274,127,000
1,274,127,000
March 25, 2016
1,015,200,000
1,015,200,000
March 6, 2014
125,000,000
125,000,000
December 1, 2011
1,496,368,333
1,496,368,333
November 2019
54,863,000
54,863,000
October 2019
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Aaron VanDevender

Chief Scientist and Principle



Brian Singerman

Partner



Cyan Banister

Partner



Eric Scott

Principle



Erin Gleason Lane

Vice President of Communications



Jeff Lonsdale

Managing Director, Asia



John Luttig

Associate



Ken Howry

Partner



Lauren Gross

Partner and Chief Operating Officer



Matias Van Thienen

Principle



Michael Solana

Vice President



Mike Petriano

Creative Director



Napoleon Ta

Partner



Neil Pai

General Counsel



Neil Ruthven

CFO



Peter Thiel

Partner



Scott Nolan

Partner



Trae Stephens

Partner



Zachary Hargreaves

Principle



Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

Bloomberg - Are you a robot?

Brandon Kochkodin , Jen Skerritt , and Craig Giammona

Web



In-car commerce startup Cargo raises $22 million led by Founders Fund

Kristen Korosec

Web



Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link





Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

Affirm





Consumer Internet & Media

Airbnb





Consumer Internet & Media

AltSchool





Analytics & Software

Anduril





Advanced Machines & Intelligence

Asana 





Analytics & Software

Blend 





Analytics & Software





Biotechnology & Health

Branch





Analytics & Software

Cedar





Analytics & Software

Cloud9 





Consumer Internet & Media

Collective Health





Biotechnology & Health

Compass





Analytics & Software

Counsyl 





Biotechnology & Health

Credit Karma





Consumer Internet & Media

DeepMind 





Advanced Machines & Intelligence





Biotechnology & Health

Facebook 





Consumer Internet & Media

Flexport 





Analytics & Software

Forward





Biotechnology & Health

Harbor





Analytics & Software

HQ





Consumer Internet & Media

Hubble





Biotechnology & Health

Lyft 





Aerospace & Transportation





Advanced Machines & Intelligence

Niantic 





Consumer Internet & Media

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Tami Brehse
November 24, 2019
Business Insider
What do the founders of YouTube, Yelp, Tesla, and LinkedIn have in common? A common resume line item: employment at PayPal.
Connie Loizos
November 15, 2019
TechCrunch
Cyan Banister is an American success story. A homeless teenager who originally supported herself by making hemp necklaces, then silk-screen T-shirts, she went on to become a self-taught engineer and to later hold several management roles at the security startup IronPort. It was a life-changing experience for her. She made an early fortune when it [...]
Megan Hernbroth
October 1, 2019
Business Insider
The invite-only conference will run for three nights at an undisclosed hotel in New Orleans in May 2020.
Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco
July 30, 2019
the Guardian
Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg has been successful in attracting the attention of venture capitalist supporters. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Reuters Editorial
August 27, 2019
U.S.
Early Facebook Inc backer, Founders Fund, has sold all of its holdings in the social media giant as part of a previously established trading plan by the venture capital firm's partner, Peter Thiel, according to a regulatory filing from late Monday.
Kate Clark
October 25, 2018
TechCrunch
Founders Fund has led the $6 million Series A for the startup, which plans to use the investment to launch a line of travel apparel.