Keith Rabois

Keith Rabois

An American businessman, entrepreneur, and angel investor. He is a general partner at Founders Fund, and has held executive roles at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide, and Square. His most notable angel investments include: YouTube, Airbnb, Plantir, Eventbrite, Lyft, Quora, Yammer, Skybox, Counsyl, Weebly, and Wish.

Keith Rabois is an American businessman, entrepreneur, and angel investor that was born on March, 17 1969 in Edison, New Jersey. He is currently a general partner at Founders Fund, and has held executive roles at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide, and Square. His most notable angel investments include: YouTube, Airbnb, Plantir, Eventbrite, Lyft, Quora, Yammer, Skybox, Counsyl, Weebly, and Wish. He is also an avid writer that contributes content to Quora regularly, and his writing has been published by HuffPost, Forbes, and Quora Sessions.

Education
Stanford University

After graduating from J.P. Stevens High School in Edison, New Jersey, Keith Rabois attended Stanford University from 1987 to 1991 where he received a bachelors of arts degree in political science. He graduated from Stanford and Phi Beta Kappa with Distinction and Honors in 1991.

Harvard Law School

After completing his B.A degree in political science at Stanford University, Keith Rabois began working towards becoming a lawyer by completing a Juris Doctor degree at Harvard Law School. He attended Harvard Law School from 1991 to 1994, and successfully graduated from the program. During his time at Harvard Law School, Rabois was an Ames Moot Court Competition Research Assistant and a Haymann Assistant Prosecutor. He also won the Boykin Award.

Investment and founding career
Investments, board membership, and advisory roles

Keith Rabois has made a total of 55 personal investments, 50 partner investments, and 28 exits. He also actively serves on the board and advises 21 companies, and has left his board and advisory roles at 7 companies.

Founders Fund

In March 2019, Keith Rabois became a general partner at Founders Fund. He is currently still working with Founders Fund.

Khosla Ventures

From March 2013 to February 2019 (6 years), Keith Rabois served as a managing director for Khosla Ventures.

Keith Rabois joined the Scribd board as an observer on January 2, 2015 after leading a $22 million investment round in Scribd with Khosla Ventures.

OpenDoor

Keith Rabois founded OpenDoor in April 2014. The company is focused on creating a marketplace for buying and selling real estate. Rabois has been working on the idea for OpenDoor since 2003 under the codename "HomeRun" after a conversation he had with Peter Thiel. It took over a decade for Rabois to officially launch OpenDoor from its original conception because he claims:

Over the last decade, I considered doing this a few times [but] always got distracted by amazing entrepreneurs talking me into their vision.
Quora

Keith Rabois is an active contributing member to Quora (he invested in Quora with Khosla Ventures). As of July 2019, he has 41,000 followers on Quora, and has answered 539 questions on Quora that have been seen by approximately 5.9 million people., In 2013 he was awarded the designation of 'Top Writer' for his contributions to the Quora platform.

Startup leadership and management career
Square

From August 2010 to February 2013 (2 years and 7 months), Keith Rabois served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Square. During his time at Square the company was selected as the 5th, 1st, and 3rd most innovative company in the world by Fast Company.

Rabois left square in 2013 after a Square employee threatened Rabois and Square with a sexual harassment lawsuit. The threat came from an employee who was claimed to be in a relationship with Rabois prior to starting their job at Square. Rabois denies the claims, and after Square completed their investigation into the situation they publicly announced they have "not found evidence to support any claims".

Slide

From May 2007 to February 2010 (3 years and 4 months), Keith Rabois served as the executive vice president of Slide where he focused on strategy & business development.

LinkedIn

From January 2005 to May 2007 (2 years and 5 months), Keith Rabois served as the vice president of LinkedIn where he focused on business & corporate development.

Epoch Innovations

From December 2003 to December 2004 (1 year and 1 month), Keith Rabois served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Epoch Innovations.

Clarium Capital Management

From January 2003 to December 2003 (1 year), Keith Rabois was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Clarium Capital Management.

PayPal

From November 2000 to November 2002 (2 years and 1 month), Keith Rabois served as the executive vice president of PayPal where he focused on business development, public affairs & policy.

Law and political activism career
Voter.com

From February 2000 to November 2000 (10 months), Keith Rabois served as the director and vice president of Voter.com where he focused on business development.

Quayle 2000

From April 1999 to October 1999 (7 months), Keith Rabois served as a policy director at Quayle 2000.

Sullivan & Cromwell

From October 1995 to March 1999 (3 years and 6 months), Keith Rabois worked as an associate for Sullivan & Cromwell.

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

From August 1994 to August 1995 (1 year and 1 month), Keith Rabois served as a law clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit under Edith H. Jones.

Family and early life

Keith Rabois was born and raise in Edison, New Jersey. His mother was an english and history teach who later on in her career moved into sales, and his dad is a chartered professional accountant (CPA). Rabois parents met during their time completing their degrees at the University of Michigan. Rabois claims as a result of his parents meeting at the University of Michigan he developed a love for football because he watched a lot of Michigan football growing up with his family.

Timeline

2019
General partner of Founders Fund

In March 2019, Keith Rabois became a general partner at Founders Fund.

April 23, 2014
Founded OpenDoor

Keith Rabois founded OpenDoor in April 2014. The company is focused on creating a marketplace for buying and selling real estate. Rabois has been working on the idea for OpenDoor since 2003 under the codename "HomeRun" after a conversation he had with Peter Thiel.

March 2013
Managing director of Khosla Ventures

From March 2013 to February 2019 (6 years), Keith Rabois served as a managing director for Khosla Ventures.

August 2010
COO of Square

From August 2010 to February 2013 (2 years and 7 months), Keith Rabois served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Square. During his time at Square the company was selected as the 5th, 1st, and 3rd most innovative company in the world by Fast Company.

May 2007
Executive vice president of Slide

From May 2007 to February 2010 (3 years and 4 months), Keith Rabois served as the executive vice president of Slide where he focused on strategy & business development.

January 2005
Vice president of LinkedIn

From January 2005 to May 2007 (2 years and 5 months), Keith Rabois served as the vice president of LinkedIn where he focused on business & corporate development.

December 2003
CEO of Epoch Innovations

From December 2003 to December 2004 (1 year and 1 month), Keith Rabois served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Epoch Innovations.

January 2003
Entrepreneur in Residence at Clarium Capital Management

From January 2003 to December 2003 (1 year), Keith Rabois was an entrepreneur-in-residence at Clarium Capital Management.

November 2000
Executive vice president of PayPal

From November 2000 to November 2002 (2 years and 1 month), Keith Rabois served as the executive vice president of PayPal where he focused on business development, public affairs & policy.

February 2000
Director and vice president of Voter.com

From February 2000 to November 2000 (10 months), Keith Rabois served as the director and vice president of Voter.com where he focused on business development.

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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Further reading

Title
Author
Link
Type
Date

5 People Ops Lessons from One of Silicon Valley's most Experienced Executives

Lattice

Web

Five things to learn from Khosla Ventures' newest partner Keith Rabois

Eliza Kern

Web

March 27, 2013

Former Square COO Keith Rabois Joins Khosla Ventures

Tomio Geron

Web

February 26, 2013

How Keith Rabois Builds Billion-Dollar Businesses: Radical Simplicity

AngelList

Web

August 21, 2018

How To Be Incredibly Awesome At What You Do: An Interview With Tech Titan Keith Rabois

Omaid Homayun

Web

October 22, 2016

Investments led @ Khosla Ventures

Keith Rabois

Web

December 11, 2017

Is Keith Rabois sick of being Silicon Valley's consummate No. 2?

Sarah Lacy

Web

January 25, 2013

Keith Rabois - Quora

Keith Rabois

Web

Keith Rabois isn't a Fan of How SoftBank Invests its Money | NexChange

NexChange

Web

Keith Rabois joins Founders Fund amid transition at the firm

Connie Loizos

Web

February 20, 2019

Keith Rabois left Square due to claim he sexually harassed an employee

Devindra Hardawar

Web

January 25, 2013

Keith Rabois on the Role of a COO, How to Hire and Why Transparency Matters

Firstround

Web

February 7, 2015

Keith Rabois Says Great Founders Don't Blog; Bloggy New Yorkers Appalled

Adrianne Jeffries

Web

May 27, 2011

Keith Rabois' Three Key Questions for Investors to Consider - Bowery Capital

February 15, 2019

Web

February 15, 2019

Khosla Ventures' Keith Rabois finally launches his real estate startup

Jordan Novet

Web

April 3, 2014

Lessons from Keith Rabois Essay 3: How to be an Effective Executive

Delian.io

Web

February 24, 2019

PayPal exec's 'big-data home-flipping' startup lands funding and will launch in July

Teke Wiggin Staff Writer

News

PayPal Mafia reunion: Keith Rabois leaving Khosla to join Peter Thiel's Founders Fund

Cromwell Schubarth

Web

February 20, 2019

Reading List

Keith Rabois

Web

March 22, 2015

Scribd Raises $22M For Its Subscription E-Book Service

Anthony Ha

Web

January 2, 2015

The way SoftBank invests in startups just doesn’t work, says Khosla Ventures’ Keith Rabois

Eric Johnson

Web

January 8, 2019

Top Lessons in Building Great Teams from Khosla Ventures

Faith Storey

Web

June 23, 2019

VC Keith Rabois: 5 Things Every Entrepreneur Should Know

Issie Lapowsky

Web

December 18, 2013

Venture Capitalist Threatens To Quit If Taxes Are Raised

Dan Primack

Web

September 30, 2016

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Documentaries, videos and podcasts

Title
Date
Link

[PREMONEY 2014] The Final Frontier: Keith Rabois & Dave McClure On The Future Of VC

July 1, 2014

An Iconic evening with keith rabois & Prof. Yoav Shoham

June 12, 2015

Details Matter - Keith Rabois

January 6, 2018

Disrupt Backstage: Keith Rabois

June 22, 2011

E904 Keith Rabois (Khosla/PayPal) advice for anti-VC/anti-hustle climate, Thiel, Trump, Thatcher-PT1

February 19, 2019

E905: PT2 - Keith Rabois, operator (PayPal, Opendoor) & investor (Khosla, future Founders Fund) shares advice on getting into tech, insights on censorship, secondary shares, selling too early, self-driving, biggest misses, economic concerns & other lessons from his lifelong quest to monopolize talent & fund startups that will change the world | This Week In Startups

February 22, 2019

E905: PT2 Keith Rabois PayPal/FoundersFund: censorship, secondary shares, selling, getting into tech

February 22, 2019

Ep. 90: Sparking Great Companies--with Keith Rabois of Founders Fund | The Boost VC Podcast

March 21, 2019

Finding Barrels In Your Company - Keith Rabois

January 6, 2018

Fireside Chat With Keith Rabois

April 18, 2018

Fireside Chat with Keith Rabois, Partner of Khosla Ventures, and Aaron Levie, Founder and CEO of Box

March 17, 2014

Founderati - Fireside Chat with Keith Rabois

October 20, 2015

How to find Undiscovered talent and Why it is important - Keith Rabois

January 6, 2018

How to improve performance of your startup team - Keith Rabois

January 8, 2018

Is the American Dream Still Alive? | Keith Rabois (Founders Fund)

March 26, 2019

Keith Rabois - If You Can't Sell Them, Compete with Them - [InvestLike the Best, EP.115]

December 8, 2018

Keith Rabois - This Week in Startups with Jason Calacanis - Part 1 - Podcast Notes

February 21, 2019

Keith Rabois (Khosla Ventures, Opendoor) gives his #1 advice to entrepreneurs

March 16, 2016

Keith Rabois on home-buying disruptor Opendoor, politics, innovation; Cyan Banister @AngelSummit

March 15, 2016

Keith Rabois on How to Find and Grow Talent

October 18, 2016

Keith Rabois on the role of a COO, how to hire the best and why transparency matters

March 14, 2013

Keith Rabois Reflects on His Biggest Miss as a Professional Investor

March 11, 2019

Keith Rabois says winter is coming for wasteful startups from Recode Decode

April 24, 2016

Keith Rabois w/ Semil Shah, Is It Healthy For Companies To Stay Private Longer?

December 14, 2014

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Companies

Company
CEO
Location
Products/Services

News

Title
Author
Date
Publisher
Description
March 25, 2021
Matt Burns
February 2, 2021
TechCrunch
Miami tech is in a nascent phase to the outside world, and it allows the locals and newcomers to learn from major tech hubs' mistakes and decidedly do things differently.
Arielle Pardes
January 28, 2021
Wired
If anywhere could use innovation, it's Miami--one of the country's most unequal, environmentally vulnerable cities.
Berber Jin
December 29, 2020
Business Insider
Cory Levy publicly announced Z Fellows this week, a program which is accepting 10 first-time founders for its inaugural cohort in January.
Danny Crichton
December 29, 2020
TechCrunch
There is massive VC overcapitalization for Series A and later companies, and probably for seed as well. But there is a massive gap in the market to financially underwrite promising founders and guide them out of their current employers or schools. Cory Levy, who has been a long-time angel investor and startup tinkerer, launched First [...]
Lara O'Reilly
December 3, 2020
Business Insider
Thompson's daily newsletter is beloved in Silicon Valley. By one estimate, his solo enterprise will make more than $3 million in revenue this year.
Candy Cheng
December 1, 2020
Business Insider
Business Insider explains some of the inside baseball jokes in the tweet that had the VC world laughing.
Berber Jin
December 1, 2020
Business Insider
Rabois says being a conservative is why he spots many good investments. He cited homeschooling startup Primer and drone company Anduril as examples.
Berber Jin
November 29, 2020
Business Insider
Keith Rabois decided to leave SF for Miami after realizing great companies can be founded anywhere. He hopes Miami will revive his contrarian flare.
Meghan Morris and Berber Jin
November 28, 2020
Business Insider
Silicon Valley's mix of startup-friendly features made it the world's tech capital. As tech CEOs and VCs move away, the region faces difficult questions.
Berber Jin
November 27, 2020
Business Insider
Founders Fund's Keith Rabois made early bets on Airbnb and DoorDash, even as other VCs wrote them off. This is why he believed in them from the start.
Kate Clark
August 8, 2019
TechCrunch
Ramp Financial, led by Capital One-acquired Paribus founders Eric Glyman and Karim Atiyeh, has raised $7 million.

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