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Joe Lonsdale grew up in Fremont, California in the bustling Silicon Valley. A techy youngster, he enjoyed math, chess, and computer science, and was taught to program by age 10. Surrounded by innovators, he watched and learned from brilliant entrepreneurs as they built companies from scratch. 

While studying computer science at Stanford, Lonsdale landed an internship at PayPal during the digital payment platform’s early years. There, he continued to learn from talented minds on how to be successful in business. 

After graduation, Lonsdale co-founded Palantir Technologies, a multi-billion dollar software company best known for its work in defense and finance. In 2009, he founded Addepar, which works to fix multi-trillion dollar segments of global finance on its open platforms. He actively chairs Addepar and is founding chairman of software companies Affinity, Zanbato, and OpenGov.

Presently, Lonsdale serves as general partner at 8VC, whose team members helped build Formation 8, one of the top-performing private funds in Silicon Valley that currently manages over $1.5 billion across multiple funds. 

In addition to building and leading several successful tech companies, Lonsdale and his wife, Tayler are active in a variety of philanthropic and mission-driven pursuits involving public policy and liberty, transparency and accountability in government, and free speech on campus.  


Lonsdale serves on the board of Thorn, an NGO which leverages technology to fight child trafficking. Its platform, Spotlight, helps law enforcement find missing children faster and has reduced critical search time by 63 percent and identified more than 9,300 victimized kids. 

He also chairs ONEHope Wine, an organization that inspires people to indulge while doing good. ONEHope pairs great wines with great causes. To date, it has made more than $3 million in donations, provided 46,000 people with global health care, 49,000 forever homes for shelter animals, 1.8 million meals for children, and 163,000 life-saving vaccines. 

Joe Lonsdale will join us in Carlsbad to tell us more about his philanthropy and his thoughts on viewpoint diversity in Silicon Valley. You won’t want to miss it. Reserve your spot today!