Founders Fund

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

A social media and social networking service company.

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.

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 a 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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Associated investment funds

Investment Fund
Total offering (USD)
Total sold (USD)
Location
Date signed
Founders Fund IV, LP
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

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 17, 2020
TechCrunch
Podcasts are becoming big business -- in part because of how well they can attract and keep audience at a time when so many other media formats are finding it hard to pin down that elusive metric of engagement. Now a podcast host who has built out a popular series around the world of startup [...]
AlleyWatch
July 4, 2020
AlleyWatch
The Pulse of New York Tech
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.
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