Joe Lonsdale is an American entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of Palantir Technologies. Joe is also a prominent venture capitalist, and the founder of 8VC, a San Francisco based venture capital firm with 3.3B billion dollars under management. As a venture capitalist, Joe was the youngest member of the Forbes Midas list in both 2016 and 2017. Alongside 8VC, Joe has made many notable early investments into companies such as Wish, Oculus, The Boring Company, Oscar Health, Joby Aviation, Blend, RelateIQ, Guardant Health, Synthego and more.
Before 8VC, Joe founded Addepar, which now has over $1.8 trillion managed on its financial technology platform. Joe also co-founded OpenGov, which modernizes various governmental processes for over 2,000 municipalities and state agencies.
Joe is a serial entrepreneur and is also credited as the co-founder of Terminal, Affinity, Anduin, Esper, Epirus Systems, and Quaestor. Active in public policy, Joe recently founded a public policy think tank called The Cicero Institute works on the federal, state, and local level to address issues including housing, criminal justice, healthcare, and regulatory reform.
Previously, Joe was an early executive at Clarium Capital, which he helped grow into a large global macro hedge fund with over 8 Billion AUM. Joe started his career at PayPal while he was at Stanford.