Joe Lonsdale is the founder and managing partner at 8VC, a US-based venture capital firm managing over five billion dollars in capital. In 2003, he founded Palantir Technologies (NYSE:PLTR), a global software company known for its work supporting US and allied defense and intelligence. He is the founder and chairman of Addepar, which has over $4 trillion on its wealth management technology platform, as well as OpenGov. More recently, he founded Epirus, Affinity, National Resilience Bio, LIT, and other mission-driven technology businesses. He continues to found companies through the 8VC Build program.
As an investor, Joe was an early backer of companies like Anduril Industries, Oculus (acq. FB), Guardant Health (NASDAQ:GH), Oscar (NYSE:OSCR), Illumio, Wish (NASDAQ:WISH), JoyTunes, Blend (NYSE:BLND), Flexport, Joby Aviation (NYSE:JOBY), Orca Bio, Qualia, Synthego, RelateIQ (acq. CRM), Yugabyte, and others.
Joe and his wife Tayler are active in a variety of philanthropic and institutional pursuits, including support for liberty in public policy, the classical arts, and healthcare innovation. In 2018, they founded the non-partisan Cicero Institute, which crafts and advances policies to promote transparent and accountable governance in over a dozen states. In 2021, Joe became a founding trustee of the University of Austin (UATX), a new university dedicated to restoring the pursuit of truth in higher education. He sits on the board of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute, and serves as an advisor to a range of other non-profit ventures.
Joe, Tayler, and their four daughters live in Austin, TX.