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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.

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Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
Facebook

Facebook is a social networking platform.

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

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

Indee Labs focuses on the development of microfluidic vortex shedding for rapidly and efficiently transfecting human primary immune cells with negligible perturbation. The team is focused on developing its core technology for short turnaround chimeric antigen receptor T cell (CAR-T) development and manufacturing.

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

Just, Inc. (formerly known as Hampton Creek) is a food technology company developing and selling plant based food products around the world.

Nubank is a financial technology company based in Brazil issuing, administrating, processing and transfering payments related to post-paid credit cards and equity investments.

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

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

LevelTen Energy provides a clean energy procurement platform for midsize businesses and enterprises.

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

Vancouver-based company focused on antibody discovery for therapeutics and immune profiling for vaccine research.

Anduril builds AI platforms to protect troops, fight wildfires, perform search & rescue missions and border surveillance. It was founded in 2017 and is located in Irvine, California.

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

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

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 company offering an online platform for collaborative design in team environments.

Emerald Therapeutics is a biotechnology company located in San Fransisco, California, founded by Brian Frezza and DJ Klienbaum in 2010. Emerald Therapeutics offers cloud a based software and hardware platform that allows researchers to remotely perform automated scientific laboratory experiments.

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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

Consumer Internet & Media

AltSchool

Analytics & Software

Anduril

Advanced Machines & Intelligence

Analytics & Software

Analytics & Software

Biotechnology & Health

Branch

Analytics & Software

Cedar

Analytics & Software

Cloud9

Consumer Internet & Media

Collective Health

Biotechnology & Health

Compass

Analytics & Software

Biotechnology & Health

Credit Karma

Consumer Internet & Media

Advanced Machines & Intelligence

Biotechnology & Health

Consumer Internet & Media

Analytics & Software

Forward

Biotechnology & Health

Harbor

Analytics & Software

HQ

Consumer Internet & Media

Hubble

Biotechnology & Health

Aerospace & Transportation

Advanced Machines & Intelligence

Consumer Internet & Media

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News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Reza Chowdhury
May 7, 2021
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Reza Chowdhury
May 6, 2021
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The Pulse of New York Tech
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May 1, 2021
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Ingrid Lunden
April 29, 2021
TechCrunch
Gaming and streamed video have been two of the biggest pastime winners during the last year+ of pandemic living. Today a startup that has created an app that brings those two entertainment formats together is announcing a notable seed round of funding as it prepares to come out of closed beta. PortalOne, a hybrid gaming [...]
Ingrid Lunden
April 29, 2021
TechCrunch
Gaming and streamed video have been two of the biggest pastime winners during the last year+ of pandemic living. Today a startup that has created an app that brings those two entertainment formats together is announcing a notable seed round of funding as it prepares to come out of closed beta. PortalOne, a hybrid gaming [...]
Brittany Chang
April 23, 2021
Business Insider
Regent's Seaglider will be able to shuttle passengers from Boston to New York or Los Angeles to San Francisco potentially by 2025.
Replica
April 21, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- Replica, the data platform that makes complex, rapidly-changing urban ecosystems easier to understand, today announced that it has secured $41...
Samantha Hurst
April 9, 2021
Crowdfund Insider
Click HERE to find out ⭐ Mexico-Based E-Commerce For Cars Platform KAVAK Raises $485 Million Through Series D Funding Round Led By D1 Capital Partners, Founders Fund, Ribbit, & BOND. | Crowdfund Insider: Global Fintech News, including Crowdfunding, Blockchain and more.
AlleyWatch
March 29, 2021
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April 5, 2021
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Heather Landi
March 1, 2021
FierceHealthcare
Ensoma banked $70 million to advance genomic medicine, Innovaccer joined the ranks of digital health unicorns with a $105 million funding round, and more funding news in February.
Heather Landi
February 11, 2021
FierceHealthcare
Riding the wave of investor interest in virtual behavioral health startups, Modern Health has closed a $74 million Series D investment round. This latest investment brings the company's total funding to over $170 million in less than two years and raises its valuation to $1.17 billion.
Christine Hall
February 3, 2021
Crunchbase News
Garner's platform analyzes large amounts of medical insurance claims to identify the highest quality doctors in a city or neighborhood.
The Org
January 19, 2021
www.prnewswire.com:443
/PRNewswire/ -- The Org, a professional community backed by Sequoia and Founders Fund offering businesses a platform to create a free, public organizational...
Ingrid Lunden
January 14, 2021
TechCrunch
Emergency services continue to be a major force when it comes to coping with the Covid-19 health pandemic, and today a company that is building technology to help them run better is announcing a round of funding to continue expanding its business. Carbyne -- an Israeli startup that has built a cloud-based platform aimed at [...]
Candy Cheng
January 7, 2021
Business Insider
As Trump-supporters stormed the US Capitol, VC Twitter buzzed with investors calling on each other to stop doing deals with Jared Kushner.
Heather Landi
January 4, 2021
FierceHealthcare
Alphabet subsidiary Verily scored $700 million to rapidly scale up its commercial work while a Verily co-founder started a new healthcare venture focused on bridging gaps in specialty care. Here's more on that and other funding news in December.
AlleyWatch
December 13, 2020
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