Keith Rabois

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Keith Rabois is an American technology entrepreneur, executive and investor. He is widely known for his early-stage startup investments and his executive roles at PayPal, LinkedIn, Slide and Square. Rabois invested in Yelp and Xoom prior to each company's initial public offering ("IPO") and sits on both companies' board of directors.[1][2] He is considered a member of the PayPal Mafia, a group that includes PayPal co-founders Peter Thiel, Max Levchin and Elon Musk.[3][4][5]

Life and career[edit]

Childhood[edit]

Rabois was born on March 17, 1969 and raised in Edison, New Jersey.[6]

College and law school[edit]

Rabois studied political science as an undergraduate at Stanford University. He received his B.A. from Stanford in 1991 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1994.[7]

While at Stanford, he became acquainted with Peter Thiel, then editor and co-founder of The Stanford Review. Rabois contributed to the libertarian newspaper known for challenging campus beliefs and mores.[8] Rabois came to Thiel's attention after he was found outside an instructor's home, shouting homophobic slurs and the suggestion that the instructor "die of aids." [9][10] A few of the contributors went on to join PayPal, a company Thiel co-founded in 1998.

PayPal[edit]

Rabois served as Executive Vice President, Business Development, Public Affairs, and Policy at PayPal from November 2000 to November 2002.[11]

LinkedIn[edit]

Between January 2005 and May 2007, Rabois worked at LinkedIn, a social network for people in professional occupations, as its Vice President for Business and Corporate Development.[11] LinkedIn was founded by Reid Hoffman, also a former employee at PayPal and a member of the PayPal Mafia.

Slide[edit]

Between May 2007 and August 2010, Rabois worked for Slide, a company headed by Max Levchin that focused on slideshows and animations in social networks.[11] Levchin, one of the co-founders of PayPal, knew Rabois from their time together at PayPal. Rabois left Slide around the time that the company was sold to Google Inc.

Square[edit]

In 2010, Rabois joined Square, a company that provides an electronic payment service, as its Chief Operating Officer (COO).[4][11] He left Square in January, 2013 due to the threat of a lawsuit over sexual harassment claims by a male employee who obtained a job at Square after beginning a relationship with Rabois.[9][12][13][14]

Khosla Ventures[edit]

In March 2013, Rabois joined venture capital firm Khosla Ventures.[15][16]

Politics[edit]

In April 2013, a lobbying group called FWD.us was launched, with Keith Rabois listed as one of the "major contributors" on the "Our supporters" page of the website.[17]

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