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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

Associated investment funds

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
Ingrid Lunden
July 19, 2021
TechCrunch
Despite being one of the earliest adopters of using the world wide web to disrupt how its business is done and connect with more potential customers, the recruitment industry ironically remains one of the more fragmented and behind the times when it comes to using new, cloud based services to work more efficiently. A new [...]
Lucas Matney
June 30, 2021
TechCrunch
In the white-hot creator economy space, startups are increasingly looking to build paint-by-numbers platforms to help budding creators more easily execute on what were once seemingly insurmountable business challenges. The ex-Uber team at Pietra is cashing in on this vision with a plan to build a backend for launching and scaling creator product lines. The [...]
Candy Cheng
May 21, 2021
Business Insider
Insider spent several days in Miami, getting a sense of where VCs and startup founders regularly go to grab coffee, dine and talk business.
Reza Chowdhury
May 7, 2021
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
Reza Chowdhury
May 6, 2021
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
AlleyWatch
May 1, 2021
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
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
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
AlleyWatch
April 5, 2021
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
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 [...]
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