Wise is a peer-to-peer currency exchange service that allows its users to send money overseas easily and inexpensively.
Stash is on a mission to empower a new generation of investors, giving everyone access to financial opportunity.
Octane makes financing large purchases of powersports equipment at the point of sale as painless as cash.
Bitpanda is a leading European neobroker on a mission to democratize the complex world of investing.
Bestow is a smarter approach to life insurance. By marrying data with technology, Bestow can bring simple and affordable coverage to everyone.
The app and debit card created to change your relationship with money. A simpler life just a click away.
Petal is a new kind of credit card company on a mission to make credit honest, simple, and accessible.
Neo Financial is reimagining the Canadian banking experience by building next generation spending and savings technology from the ground up.
Moss is a technology-based payment and credit card platform that enables companies to optimize their finances.
Kuda, “The Bank of the Free”, is on a mission to make financial services more accessible, affordable, and rewarding for every African.
Jetty is a financial services company that designs insurance products and solutions to help people navigate the obstacle course of life.
BukuWarung is building the super app for 60 million micro, small and medium-sized merchants in Indonesia.
ShopUp is building the largest full-stack B2B commerce platform in Bangladesh to put 4.5 million neighborhood shops in the driving seat of the fastest growing economy in Asia.
Novo is the award-winning, powerfully simple business banking platform built for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs.
Nearside is building the checking account and financial services platform of the future for the 55 million small businesses in the United States.
Majority is the first mobile banking service dedicated to serving migrants, the most ambitious people in the world.
XanPool is an internationally compliant SWIFT-like network for digital payment solutions like cryptocurrency and e-wallets.
Parker powers the growth of online brands, by equipping them with a corporate card and financial operating system that are designed for their needs.
Simpl is a checkout network in India that builds consumer trust in ecommerce by improving the user experience.
Treecard is building financial products that encourage green living and will help drive the world towards a sustainable economy.
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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.