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The IVY Podcast

Jul 17, 2017

Joe Lonsdale is one of the most successful venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, not to mention a veteran tech entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. In early 2016 he launched 8VC, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm that aims to fix core processes for some of the world's largest industries. Previously Joe was a founding partner of Formation 8, which manages over $2 billion across multiple funds. Prior to Formation 8, he founded Palantir, a multi-billion dollar global software company best known for its work in defense and finance.

Lonsdale serves on the boards of several highly successful companies, including Addepar, OpenGov, insurance unicorn Oscar Health, Illumio, Radius, Hyperloop One and Wish, which has a valuation reportedly well above $3 billion as of additional funding in late 2016. In addition to his work in entrepreneurship & venture capital, Joe is also the Chairman of California Common Sense, a non-profit dedicated to opening government to the public & educating citizens about how government works.

In this conversation with IVY’s Co-founder, Beri Meric, Joe explained how entrepreneurship can help fix large industries and solve complex problems in an impactful way.

Please enjoy our conversation, with Joe Lonsdale. And remember to visit to enjoy access to a lifetime of learning, growth, and impact through in-person collaborations with world-class leaders, thinkers, and institutions.