TransferWise is a peer-to-peer currency exchange service that allows its users to send money overseas easily and inexpensively.
N26 is a new European bank focused on building an innovative mobile-first banking experience.
Stash is on a mission to empower a new generation of investors, giving everyone access to financial opportunity.
Qonto provides digital banking services to entrepreneurs, SMEs and startups.
Xero provides cloud accounting software and services for small businesses and their advisors.
Even is the bank app that plans, so you don’t have to.
Taxfix is a digital tax accountant on the mobile phone that makes tax filing a piece of cake.
Octane Lending makes financing large purchases of powersports equipment at the point of sale as painless as cash.
Cluno provides a subscription model for car ownership, a flexible way for consumers to drive their own car without buying it.
Jetty is a financial services company that designs insurance products and solutions to help people navigate the obstacle course of life.
Petal is a new kind of credit card company on a mission to make credit honest, simple, and accessible.
Breather provides a network of private, professional meeting rooms designed for work, meetings and to focus.
Kalo provides software to help businesses handle an increasingly flexible workforce of freelancers and contractors.
Coya is a full-stack European insurance challenger offering scalable protection at the point of need, with personalized predictive risk management and simple, transparent policies.
Homie is a peer-to-peer marketplace for buying and selling homes.
Bestow is a smarter approach to life insurance. By marrying data with technology, Bestow can bring simple and affordable coverage to everyone.
LoanStreet offers the first fully-integrated online platform that streamlines the process of sharing, managing, and originating loans.
We seek out exceptionally talented teams with large ambitions.
We believe that founders are best positioned to lead their start-ups, and that they should retain substantial equity and control.
When we invest in a company, we expect to follow-on significantly as the business scales.
James is a founding Partner at Valar Ventures. Prior to Valar, he was COO and General Counsel of Peter Thiel’s global parent company, Thiel Capital, where he helped manage Peter’s network of investments and businesses.
Prior to joining Thiel Capital, James practiced law for seven years in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University.
Andrew is a founding Partner at Valar Ventures. Andrew’s career in technology has included business and corporate development roles at eCount (acquired by Citicorp) and Yahoo!. He joined PayPal in 2001, where he worked closely with Peter. After PayPal’s sale to eBay, Andrew helped launch Clarium Capital and later founded a restaurant group in San Francisco.
In 2008, Andrew rejoined Peter at Thiel Capital, where he led various international initiatives for Thiel Capital and Peter personally. Andrew received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Reuben is responsible for all operational and financial reporting matters at Valar.
Prior to joining Valar, Reuben was Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where he practiced M&A, private equity, and general corporate law for nine years. Before joining Skadden, Reuben clerked for Justice Morris J. Fish of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Reuben received his law degree as well as an undergraduate degree in Finance and Strategy from McGill University.