Luke Nosek in 2007
|Born||1975/1976 (age 41–42)
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|Occupation||Venture capitalist, Entrepreneur|
|Known for||Co-founder and VP of marketing at PayPal|
|Net worth||$1.2 billion (#92 The Midas List 2013)|
Nosek was born in Gmina Tarnów, 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 he 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 the company to travel and pursue angel investing. In 2005, with Peter Thiel and Ken Howery, he started Founders Fund, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm with over $1bn under management. In 2016 Cyan Banister, CEO of Zivity and Angel of The Year winner joined Founders Fund as a partner.
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