Entrepreneur, innovator and philanthropist Joe Lonsdale will join President Daniels for the next event in the Presidential Lecture Series


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Serial entrepreneur, startup investor and philanthropist Joe Lonsdale will be next Presidential Lecture Series guest, joining Purdue University President Mitch Daniels for the discussion at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at Fowler Hall at the Stewart Center.

The event, titled “A Conversation on Innovation with Entrepreneur, Investor and Philanthropist Joe Lonsdale,” is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Purdue President’s Council, the event will also broadcast live.

Lonsdale, 40, is a leading tech entrepreneur and investor who has become the youngest member included in the Forbes Midas List of the top 100 venture capitalists in the world in 2016 and 2017. Lonsdale is managing partner at 8VCa US-based venture capital firm managing multi-billion dollars of committed capital.

In 2021, he became a founding director of the University of Austina new university in Texas.

Prior to focusing on institutional investing, Lonsdale co-founded Palantizea global software company known for its work in defense and other industries, as well as providing the COVID-19 pandemic status and response management platform to help key decision makers in more than 35 countries.

“There is no one Purdue admires more than innovators, inventors and those who challenge conventional wisdom,” Daniels said. “We’ll have all of that and more when Joe Lonsdale comes to visit.”

After launching Palantir, Lonsdale founded and remains chairman of both Addeparwhich has more than $4 trillion on its wealth management technology platform, and OpenGovwhich provides software to more than 2,000 municipalities and public bodies.

More recently, he co-founded Affinity, Epirus, Resilience and other mission-driven technology companies he continues to build with his team from the 8VC Build program.

He was also one of the first institutional investors in a long list of notable tech startups, including Oculus, Guardian of health, Oscar, Illumio, Anduril, To wish, JoyTunes, Mixed, Flex port, Joby Aviation, A block, Orca bio, Quality, SynthegoRelateIQ and others.

Lonsdale serves on the board of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Institute and is also an advisor to various other nonprofits.

He started his career as a senior executive at Clarium Capital, which he helped grow into a major global macro-hedge fund. Lonsdale also worked at PayPal while studying at Stanford University.

Lonsdale and his wife, Tayler, are active in a variety of philanthropic and institutional activities, including support for freedom in public policy, classical arts, and healthcare innovation. In 2018 they founded the non-partisan association Cicero Institutethat develops and advances policies to promote transparent and accountable governance in more than a dozen states.

Very early in Daniels’ tenure at Purdue, the university opened up the rules of its policy governing intellectual property. This means that students and faculty inventors now own their innovations, fostering and encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship that spans from the newest freshman to the most senior faculty member.

And innovations on campus followed. The Purdue Research Foundation received 169 patents in 2021, ranking sixth internationally and first in Indiana State and the Big Ten. This mirrors Purdue’s #6 ranking in 2020, when PRF received 175 utility patents. Moreover, the mission of Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship in Discovery Park District at Purdue is to support innovative programs, activities and business plan competitions and to provide the resources needed to bring student and faculty ideas to market.

About Purdue University

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Writer and media contact: Phillip Fiorini, [email protected], 765-430-6189


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