Luke Nosek

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Luke Nosek
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Luke Nosek in 2007
Born 1975/1976 (age 38–39)[1]
Zgłobice, Poland
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.

Nosek received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[2] 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.[3] 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.[1]

Luke Nosek currently sits on the boards of SpaceX, Pathway Genomics, and ResearchGate.[4]


  1. ^ a b Feldman, Amy (March 1, 2007). "Putting Founders First: How one VC Firm coddles its CEOs.". Inc. 
  2. ^ [1] at University of Illinois
  3. ^ Plotkin, Hal (September 8, 1999). "Beam Me Up Some Cash". 
  4. ^ ResearchGate Press Release (February 22, 2012) at ResearchGate

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