Peter Thiel

Lots of happy people as Palantir and Asana spike on first day of trading

The markets are closed and the verdicts are in: investors liked what they saw in Palantir and Asana . The two companies, which debuted this morning in dual (and duel) direct listings, continued to pro

Crypto exchange Bitpanda closes $52M Series A from Valar Ventures, backed by Peter Thiel

Bitpanda, a crypto assets platform, has closed a $52 million Series A funding round from Valar Ventures, a venture capital firm backed by Peter Thiel. Vienna-based VC Speedinvest also participated, al

In its 5th filing with the SEC, Palantir finally admits it is not a democracy

Palantir is not a democracy, and it really, really, really wants you to know that. Palantir’s governance has been under an exacting lens from regulators the past few weeks as it prepares for a publi

In its 4th revision to the SEC, Palantir tries to explain what the hell is going on

For a company vaunted for its clandestine government work and strong engineering culture, you can’t help but wonder if the government’s bureaucratic norms and paperwork pushing are starting to flo

As it heads for IPO, Palantir hires a chief accountant and gets approval from NYSE to trade

After 17 years, Palantir is getting closer and closer to its public debut later this month. We’ve been covering different facets of the company’s direct listing process, including concerns about i

As direct listing looms, Palantir insiders are accelerating stock sales

According to Palantir’s latest S-1 amended filing published this morning, the company intends to start trading in two weeks on September 23 under the ticker PLTR. That gives us a bit of time to spec

The bullish case for Palantir’s direct listing

The Palantir S-1 finally dropped yesterday after TechCrunch spilled a bunch of its guts last Friday. You can read the filing here, if you are so inclined. Today, however, instead of our usual overview

Leaked S-1 says Palantir would fight an order demanding its encryption keys

Palantir, the secretive data analytics startup founded by billionaire investor Peter Thiel, would challenge a government order seeking the company’s encryption keys, according to a leaked docume

Palantir’s S-1 alludes to controversial work with ICE as a risk factor for its business

Palantir’s mysterious work and its founding origins with Trump ally and anti-press crusader Peter Thiel have inspired a number of controversies in recent years, none as divisive as its ongoing

Decrypted: As tech giants rally against Hong Kong security law, Apple holds out

It’s not often Silicon Valley gets behind a single cause. Supporting net neutrality was one, reforming government surveillance another. Last week, Big Tech took up its latest: halting any cooper

Palantir picks up more COVID-19 contracts, this time with the VA

Palantir, the data analytics company co-founded by Peter Thiel, is already an active tech player in the scrum for federal contracts, but it’s playing a new and increasingly prominent role in pro

Trade Republic, a German Robinhood, raises $67M led by Accel and Founders Fund

In the U.S., Robinhood has led the charge in upending the stock investing model through its mobile-first, minimal-step, commission-free trading platform. Now a startup out of Germany built on a simila

Clearview said its facial recognition app was only for law enforcement as it courted private companies

After claiming that it would only sell its controversial facial recognition software to law enforcement agencies, a new report suggests that Clearview AI is less than discerning about its client base.

Founders Fund confirms $3 billion in new capital across two funds

Founders Fund, the investment firm led by its controversial co-founder Peter Thiel and partners Keith Rabois and Brian Singerman, has closed on $3 billion in new capital across two investment funds, T

Being a child actress prepared me for a career in venture capital 

The grit and perseverance I first honed on studio soundstages serves me well and these are also the qualities I look for in the founders I back.

‘Hillbilly Elegy’ author J.D. Vance has raised $93 million for his own Midwestern venture fund

Underserved areas are becoming hot, hot, hot, from the standpoint of venture capitalists and their own backers. In October, Steve Case’s Revolution announced that a second Rise of the Rest Seed

Finding free money for your social impact startup

Some VCs have a bias against startups with an explicit positive social impact on the grounds that they have a smaller addressable market, and that the founders aren't sufficiently focused on creating

Sources: Lilium is looking to raise up to $500M for its electric flying taxis

“Flying cars” — airborne vehicles designed for urban and other short-distance commutes to replace conventional private automobiles — are (at best) still years away from being a

How ‘the Internet broke America’ with The New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz

When Elizabeth Warren took on Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook earlier this week, it was a low moment for what New Yorker writer Andrew Marantz calls “techno-utopianism.” That the progressive, populis

Keith Rabois, BoxGroup back New York-based Brex competitor

Ramp Financial, led by Capital One-acquired Paribus founders Eric Glyman and Karim Atiyeh, has raised $7 million.
Load More