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Joe Lonsdale is Founder and Partner at Formation 8. He currently serves on the boards of Addepar, OpenGov, Oscar, Illumio, Radius and Wish.
Prior to Formation 8, Joe founded Addepar, a leading wealth management technology platform. Prior to Addepar, Joe founded Palantir, a multi-billion dollar software company which develops information systems used by government and financial organizations around the world. Previously, Joe joined Clarium Capital as an early executive and helped it grow into a $5-billion AUM global macro hedge fund. He also worked with the financial arm of PayPal while he was a student at Stanford.
Joe received a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford. He often lectures and writes on entrepreneurship and technology.
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Suzanne manages Machina Trading LTD, which invests in hedge funds and private equity – with a focus on angel and growth capital investing.
Suzanne has more than fifteen years of experience in management roles with finance and technology companies both in NYC and Seattle. She is also an advisor for Design that Matters, a non-profit organization that solves healthcare-related problems through smart design focused on developing countries.
Suzanne received a BA in Economics from the University of Washington.
Marc Prosser is the co-founder and managing partner of Marc Waring Ventures, a firm which develops specialty internet properties for high value audiences. The firm’s first project was to build Learn Bonds, a site which educates baby boomers on their fixed income investments. Currently, the company’s portfolio of websites includes Fit Small Business, which provides product and service reviews for small business owners. Started in 2013, Fit Small Business serves as the “Consumer Reports” for small business owners. The New York Times, Entrepreneur, and The Huffington Post frequently mention articles from Fit Small Business.
Marc regularly shares his opinions on marketing and investing topics through well known publications. This includes writing a column on fixed income investing for Forbes.com.
Marc is credited with being a major force in popularizing retail forex trading in the United States and across the globe. In 2000, he joined a six person startup based in New York which was building an innovative platform for online forex trading. In the role of Chief Marketing Officer, he lead the company’s marketing, communication, and public relations efforts for the next decade. During that decade (2000 - 2010), revenue grew from under $1 million to over $350 million. In 2010, the company went public on New York Stock Exchange.
Josh Reynolds has been advising technology start-ups regarding competitive market positioning, early-stage marketing strategies and market narratives for several years. He is currently the CEO of Blanc & Otus (B&O), named by The Holmes Report as one of the leading technology communications agencies in the country. Josh himself was named one of the top 25 most innovative people in marketing and PR by the Holmes Report in 2014. He's advised technology business leaders from organizations ranging from Facebook, LinkedIn, Quantifind, Altimeter, eBay, Yahoo!, VeriSign, ICANN, Loyal3, Magisto, Techonomy, and dozens of others over the years.
Josh began his career in technology as a market analyst with Gartner, covering collaborative computing and security. He is a frequently featured speaker at technology conferences and private client events on the topic of innovation, storytelling, myth-busting and marketing strategy, and has authored several training seminars and global studies about technology marketing, messaging and positioning, and analyst relations. He is a certified toastmaster and executive coach.
Josh earned B.A. degrees in English and History from UCLA and holds a minor in theology from Oxford University. He earned his law degree from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
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