Joe Lonsdale

Joe Lonsdale is general partner of 8VC, a San Francisco-based venture capital fund. He was an early institutional investor in several companies including Wish, Oculus, Oscar, Illumio, Blend, RelateIQ, Joby Aviation, Guardant Health, and Synthego. Mr. Lonsdale is co-founder of Palantir, a multi-billion dollar global software company best known for its work in defense and finance. Most recently, he was a founding partner at Formation 8, one of the top-performing private funds and the precursor to 8VC. Together, these funds manage a total committed capital of over $2.7 billion. Prior to that, he founded software companies Addepar and OpenGov. He is a founder of Affinity, Anduin, and Esper. Previously, Mr. Lonsdale was an early executive at Clarium Capital, which he helped grow into a large global macro hedge fund. He also worked with PayPal while he was at Stanford. Mr. Lonsdale frequently lectures and writes on entrepreneurship, technology, and public policy. In 2016 and 2017, he was the youngest member of the Forbes 100 Midas List. Mr. Lonsdale is active in a variety of philanthropic and mission-driven pursuits involving public policy and liberty, classical arts, and healthcare innovation. Mr. Lonsdale earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford.