We are talking about a star in Silicon Valley – a founding partner of Formation 8 Partner named Joseph Todd Lonsdale, or as we call him Joe Lonsdale in short. Since founded in 2011, Formation 8 closes its first round fund with $448 million and has partnership with many well-known founders such as PayPal, Palantir, Yahoo and Yammer. With so many powerful partners in hand, Joe Lonsdale make his investment fund company become the hottest venture capital since Andreessen. In this topic we will find out How Joe Lonsdale becomes famous.

Career of Joe Lonsdale

Before creating Formation 8, Joe Lonsdale worked in variety of roles with PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, most as the executive. This time has built the ability to manage a big firm of Joe Lonsdale.

How Joe Lonsdale becomes famous

In 2004, he co-founded Palantir Technologies, and later Addepar. Working as Executive Chairman, Joe Lonsdale know exactly how to run a business smoothly and how to earn lots of money.

Joe Lonsdale is a very prominent entrepreneur, as well as an investor in Silicon Valley. He has founded a seed fund focused on technology before named Anduin Ventures. Anduin’s advisors included Brian Koo, who will later help build Formation 8, Alex Moore, Steve Loughlin. With a lot of experience in building a venture capital fund company, Joe Lonsdale easily formed his Formation 8.

How Joe Lonsdale becomes famous

Formation 8 is the business of Joe Lonsdale, Brian Koo and Jim Kim. They fund both IT and energy companies. And the most famous startup be funded by Formation 8 is the Oculus VR.

How Joe Lonsdale becomes famous

Being a prominent entrepreneur and investor of Silicon Valley, Joe Lonsdale can easily earn much money and fame from this title. Moreover, he is an actual public speaker who often speaks in many technology events and conferences. For example, in 2011, Joe Lonsdale participated in a conference named TEDxSilicon Valley. He gave a speech titled “Learning from Numbers” to discuss technology’s role within finance.

Joe Lonsdale has been featured twice on CNBC’s SquawkBox after discussing big data and security in a June 26, 2013 with topic named “Big Data’s Past Present and Future and how Silicon Valley technology is beginning to emerge as a force on Wall Street on April 29, 2013 in an episode titled “The Disruptors”.

How Joe Lonsdale becomes famous

On February 12, 2014 Lonsdale and Marc Andreessen were featured as the Keynote for the 2014 Goldman Sachs Technology Conference in San Francisco with Gary Cohn. They discussed a variety of issues including bitcoin, valuations of technology companies, and the impact of mobile.

On August 23 and 24, 2014 Joe Lonsdale hosted an event with Ashton Kutcher to support Thorn. The event collected almost 100 engineers, data scientists and designers together to build tools. Other judges can be mentioned are Twitter’s Head of Privacy Del Harvey and White House Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith.

He gave speech about “Venture Capital Trends” at Rutberg’s Future on June 2, 2015. And on September 16, 2015, he brought a very attractive topic of Big Data Analytics at the BDO conference which hosted public with other company members.

On September 29, 2015 Joe Lonsdale and the current Addepar CEO Eric Poirier had a speech at the Capital Summit. The topic was all about technology trends and the future of global finance.

Joe Lonsdale also raise fund for the Magento team, and he was really fond of Magento extension.

Now you know how Joe Lonsdale becomes famous. In fact, he will give a speech today on Quora. Don’t miss the chance to ask his experience.

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Kate N. is now working as a Retail Solution Specialist at Magestore. She has 3+ years of experience in brand management, marketing, and customer's insights. Kate loves to travel to experience new cultures and discover what is happening with retail all around the world.

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