Stephen Cohen (entrepreneur)

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Stephen Cohen
Born (1982-09-30) September 30, 1982 (age 36)
Alma materStanford University
OccupationEntrepreneur, EVP
Known forCo-founder and EVP at Palantir Technologies

Stephen Cohen (born September 30, 1982) is an American computer scientist and entrepreneur. He is best known as a co-founder of Palantir Technologies,[1][2] a platform for analyzing integration and visualizing data used by governments and financial organizations.[3][4] He is credited with creating the initial prototype of Palantir in eight weeks.[5] Since then, he has interviewed over 4500 candidates and continues to be actively involved in Palantir.[6] Previously to Palantir, Cohen worked with Peter Thiel at Clarium Capital.[1] He also served as an adviser to Backtype prior to its acquisition by Twitter in 2011.[7]


Cohen graduated from Stanford University with a BSc in computer science in 2005. While at Stanford he focused on machine learning, artificial intelligence, and natural language processing and did research with professor Andrew Ng, director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Palantir Technologies: Revealed". Business Insider. 2011-03-10. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  2. ^ Gorman, Siobhan (2009-09-04). "How Team of Geeks Cracked Spy Trade -". Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  3. ^ "Super Crunchers". 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  4. ^ Vance, Ashlee (2011-11-22). "Palantir, the War on Terror's Secret Weapon". Businessweek. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  5. ^ "Killer App". Archived from the original on 2015-05-03.
  6. ^ "Path to Palantir - Stephen Cohen's talk at Stanford". Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  7. ^ "BackType". 2011-01-16. Archived from the original on 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2012-05-26.
  8. ^ "Andrew Ng's homepage". Retrieved 2012-05-26.