Palantir

Palantir

Founded in 2004 by Peter Thiel, Joe Lonsdale, Alex Karp, Stephen Cohen and Nathan Gettings, Palantir is an American computer software and services company that specializes in data analytics. Early investors in Palantir included the CIA venture arm, In-Q-Tel, and Thiel’s firm Founders Fund. The software concept grew out of the technology developed at PayPal to detect fraudulent activity; the company proposed using human analysts to explore data from many source. Palantir’s products include Palantir Gotham, which is used by counter-terrorism analysts at U.S. intelligences offices, fraud investigators, and cyber analysts, and Palantir Metropolis, which is used by hedge funds, banks, and financial services firms.