Formation 8 invests in visionary entrepreneurs and top technology teams that seek to transform the most important global industries by solving hard problems with technology solutions. Formation 8 believes in emerging platforms that will replace the decades old technology infrastructure behind many industries, including; finance, government, industrial tech, education, consumer, business processes, energy and healthcare. Formation 8 leverages deep and distributed networks to provide the market knowledge, deployment expertise, sales channels, and relationships needed to expand and thrive.
iNovia Capital is a venture capital firm that partners with exceptional entrepreneurs to build successful technology companies in high-growth sectors. The team is comprised of founders, builders and engineers that are passionate about building market-leading technology companies.
Social Leverage is a partnership that invests in exceptional entrepreneurs in the technology space. Social Leverage partners with promising companies, bringing entrepreneurial expertise, relationships, and marketing experience. Companies benefit from hands on involvement in all stages of development. More pointedly, Social Leverage is about leveraging the extensive network of industry relationships and expertise to help grow great companies and build great products.
Howard Lindzon is co-founder and CEO of StockTwits – a social network for traders and investors to share real-time ideas and information. StockTwits was recently named “one of the top 10 most innovative companies in web” by FastCompany and one of the “50 best websites” by Time magazine. Mr. Lindzon has more than 20 years experience in the financial community acting in both an entrepreneurial and investing capacity. With a unique vision for starting and successfully managing innovative companies, he is the Managing Partner of Social Leverage, a holding company that invests in early stage web businesses. Read More
Joe Lonsdale is a founder and Partner at Formation 8. He serves on several boards including Addepar, OpenGov, Oscar, Illumio, Radius, Hyperloop and Wish. Prior to Formation 8, he founded Addepar, a leading wealth management technology platform, Palantir, a multi-billion dollar global software company best known for its work in defense and finance, and OpenGov. Previously, Joe was an early executive at Peter Thiel’s Clarium Capital, which they grew into a large global macro hedge fund. He also worked with the financial arm of PayPal while he was at Stanford. Joe received a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford. Read More
Drew Oetting is on the Board Directors of Street Contxt and a Partner at Formation 8, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital fund with over $1 billion under management. Drew is also a founding Board Member of Affinity Technologies, an enterprise software company. Drew serves as an advisor to WeAreThorn, a NGO tackling child trafficking leveraging technology, and LivingOnOne, a non-profit impact production studio. He graduated with degrees in Mathematics and Economics from Claremont McKenna College.