Luke Nosek in 2007
|Born||1975/1976 (age 39–40)
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|Occupation||Venture capitalist, Entrepreneur|
|Known for||Co-founder and VP of marketing at PayPal|
Luke Nosek is a Polish-born American entrepreneur. In 1995 he co-founded SponsorNet New Media, then worked for Netscape Communications Corporation. In 1998 he co-founded PayPal, serving as its vice president of marketing. In 2005 he co-founded Founders Fund. Luke Nosek currently sits on the boards of SpaceX, Pathway Genomics, and ResearchGate.
Luke Nosek was born in Zgłobice, Poland. He received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In the summer of 1995, while still in college, he co-founded SponsorNet New Media, Inc., along with fellow Illinois students Max Levchin and Scott Banister. Nosek then worked for Netscape Communications Corporation. In 1998, with Max Levchin, Peter Thiel, Elon Musk, and Ken Howery, Nosek co-founded PayPal, serving as its vice president of marketing. In his first conversation with Thiel, he said that he had just registered to be cryonically suspended, meaning that they would be subject to low-temperature preservation in case of his legal death in hopes that he might be successfully revived by future medical technology. (Thiel himself would later follow Nosek's example).
After PayPal went public and was sold to eBay for $1.5 billion in 2002, Nosek left PayPal to travel and pursue angel investing. In 2005, together with Peter Thiel and Ken Howery, Nosek started Founders Fund, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with over $1bn under management. Luke Nosek currently sits on the boards of SpaceX, Pathway Genomics, and ResearchGate.
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