The Cloud City Meetup (organized by Charles and Chris) brings top technologists to Seattle to discuss their latest projects, questions, and perspectives with an audience at the puffy edge of the cloud. Code is encouraged!
Joe Lonsdale built a career founding and funding some of the most significant, Silicon Valley-based startups of the last decade. Yet, he recently relocated his family, his firm, and his policy think tank from Silicon Valley to Austin, Texas.
Join us for a conversation with Joe about why he made that move as well as recipes for disaster, success, and maybe even a few career or startup tips from one of the most active entrepreneurs in the world.
Where are the best places to create or be part of building breakout companies? What has gone wrong with Silicon Valley and California? How does he think it can be fixed? What are the lessons for Seattle?
Joe is the General Partner of 8VC, a multi-stage venture capital firm and incubator and founder of the Cicero Institute think tank.
Joe was an early institutional investor in notable companies including Wish, Oculus, Oscar, Illumio, Blend, Orca Bio, RelateIQ, Joby Aviation, Synthego, Guardant Health, and in 2016 and 2017 was the youngest member on Forbes' Midas List of the top 100 venture capitalists.
Prior to 8VC, Joe co-founded Formation 8, a top-performing venture capital fund, as well as Palantir, a multi-billion dollar global software company best known for its work in defense and finance. He is also a founder of many other companies, including Addepar, which manages over $2 trillion on its wealth management platform, and OpenGov, which modernizes processes for over 2,000 municipalities and state agencies. Previously, Joe 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.
Joe received a BS in Computer Science from Stanford in 2003. He often lectures and writes on entrepreneurship, technology and public policy.