workforce of students who live on campus, EnvoyNow makes delivery
direct-to-dorm room, direct-to-lecture hall, and direct-to-study nook
faster and more accurate than mapping software-based delivery services
Henry Hu (Hong Kong / San Francisco)
A native of Beijing, Henry Hu is CEO and
co-founder of Cafe X, which designs, manufactures, and operates
automated robotic cafés that serve locally roasted coffee in 10 seconds.
Joey Levy (New York)
Joey founded Draftpot, a daily fantasy sports platform,
from his dorm room in 2014. Retinad helps
developers create better VR content with tools such as heat maps and
user emotional tracking so that consumers can enjoy a more immersive,
personalized virtual reality experience.
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Ivonna Dumanyan (Kherson, Ukraine / Durham, NC)
Performance Technology; Artificial Intelligence
co-founder and CEO of BioMetrix, a wearable platform for injury
prediction and prevention. Our message may have seemed
odd four or five years ago–some found it blasphemous to question how
well American higher education was working, and to suggest
entrepreneurship as an alternative path–but today even the colleges are
waking up; top schools are creating their own incubators, crafting more
flexible stop-out policies, and even raising venture capital funds. Their wholesome, slow-simmered bone broth is available at select
Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmers Market locations, and several online
Jesse Leimgruber (San Francisco)
Jesse founded and runs NeoReach, a startup
developing influencer marketing technology for Fortune 1000 brands and
their agencies. Beek casts aside sterile 5-star
rating systems and lets users discuss and react to books while they are
actually reading them.
Sohail Prasad (Plano, TX / San Francisco)
Sohail is the founder and co-CEO of Equidate, a
secondary marketplace for shares in private companies. Local governments are
increasingly interested in innovation; the Lace platform helps municipal
staff to build smarter cities.
Lexi Smith (Boston)
is co-founder of Carewell, an intelligent caregiving platform that helps
caregivers take care of loved ones with dementia by using wearable
devices to learn the smartest ways to provide personalized care.
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Thiel Foundation today accepted 29 new members into the 2016 class
of Thiel Fellows.
Varden’s technology has been used to transport thousands of people, more
than any other autonomous vehicle company in the US.
Matthew Salsamendi & James Boehm (Seattle, WA)
Matt and James co-founded Beam, an interactive
live-streaming platform for gamers. In turn, HelloToken has created an engine for real-time contextual
research across millions of people.
Christian Owens (London)
is the founder and CEO of Paddle.com, which builds infrastructure for
software companies to help companies deal with complex issues such as
payments, taxes, localization, and analytics.
Cosmo Scharf (Los Angeles, CA)
The Virtual Reality
Foundation and Visionary VR
co-founded The Virtual Reality Foundation, a non-profit organization
that produces the world’s largest event showcasing virtual reality
technology, VRLA Expo, as well as The Proto Awards, the premier
celebration for recognizing virtual reality content. Poirier (Montreal)
Samuel is co-founder and CEO of Retinad, the
preeminent analytics platform for virtual reality apps. “Many are applying to the program with one or
two companies already under their belts–they’ve become successful
founders before they can even buy a beer. To date, Equidate
has helped thousands of employees at private companies sell portions of
their stock to accredited investors in the absence of an IPO or
Alex Rodrigues (Calgary, Alberta / Mountain View, CA)
Alex is CEO of Varden
Labs, a startup developing self-driving shuttles for private campuses. The system evaluates athlete movement to identify injury risk
factors and inform smarter training.
James Sun (Toronto, Canada)
James is co-founder and CEO of Revlo, a fan engagement
platform for the game broadcaster Twitch. Kisan
enables farmers to sell their produce directly to institutional buyers
using a smartphone, rather than going through the physical marketplace
dominated by middlemen.
Hunter Rosenblume & Rohith Varanasi (Detroit, MI)
Hunter and Rohith
co-founded Lunar Labs, a startup that sells smartphones with no monthly
contracts and pay-as-you-go data on a per-app basis starting at just
pennies per day. AppHub’s mission is to empower engineers by eliminating
tedious and redundant, time-consuming work.
Joey Krug (Knoxville, IL)
Joey is building the world’s first decentralized
prediction market platform. Lunar Labs aims to bring online the 64 million
Americans–and then billions more worldwide–that don’t yet own a
Matt Arbesfeld (Cambridge, MA)
Matt co-founded AppHub, a company that builds tools that
let app developers deploy and update software applications easily and
instantly. He is also the
co-founder of Visionary VR, a venture-backed startup building software
for creating stories using virtual reality.
Pamela Valdes Esteva (Mexico City, Mexico)
Pamela is co-founder and CEO of Beek, a social
network for millennial book lovers. Revlo makes it easy for
broadcasters to interact with all their fans and monetize them.
Eva Shang (Cambridge, MA)
Eva is co-founder of Legalist, a legal analytics and
alert platform that helps lawyers keep track of new developments in case
law so that they can represent their clients more effectively.
“We launched the fellowship in 2011 to test a simple thesis: college
isn’t right for everyone–especially for young people who want to create
new things,” said Blake Masters, President of the Thiel Foundation. The fellowship provides young people with $100,000 to
learn by doing rather than by following conventional paths like college. Brian Truong (Boston, MA)
Brian is CEO and co-founder of HelloToken, a company
that enables digital publishers to earn up to 10x more for their content
by posing simple market research questions to readers instead of serving
ads. For more information, see thielfoundation.org.
Aditya Agarwalla (New Delhi, India)
Aditya is co-founder of Kisan Network, an online
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