Luke Nosek

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Luke Nosek
Luke Nosek.jpg
Luke Nosek in 2007
Born 1975/1976 (age 40–41)[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
Net worth $1.2 billion (#92 The Midas List 2013)

Luke Nosek is a Polish-born American entrepreneur, notable for being the co-founder of such companies as PayPal.[2]


Nosek was born in Tarnow, Poland.[1] He received a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[3] 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.[2] 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.[4] (Thiel himself would later follow Nosek's example[5]).

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.[1] In 2016 Cyan Banister, CEO of Zivity[6] and Angel of The Year winner[7] joined Founders Fund as a partner.[8]

Luke Nosek currently sits on the boards of SpaceX and ResearchGate.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Feldman, Amy (March 1, 2007). "Putting Founders First: How one VC Firm coddles its CEOs.". Inc. 
  2. ^ a b Plotkin, Hal (September 8, 1999). "Beam Me Up Some Cash". 
  3. ^ [1] at University of Illinois
  4. ^ Thiel, Peter (September 16, 2014). Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future. Crown Business. p. First page of chapter 14. ISBN 978-0-8041-3929-8. 
  5. ^ Brown, Mick (19 Sep 2014). "Peter Thiel: the billionaire tech entrepreneur on a mission to cheat death". The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Zivity". Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  7. ^ "Angel of the Year | CrunchBase". Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  8. ^ Loizos, Connie. "Cyan Banister joins Founders Fund as partner". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-05-16. 
  9. ^ ResearchGate Press Release (February 22, 2012) at ResearchGate

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