Clay is currently the Philosopher-in-Residence at 8VC, where he researches history, politics, macroeconomics, and philosophy. Clay is interested in enacting policy reforms that will rebuild American infrastructure, expand economic opportunities for all social strata, and allow government to efficiently deliver public goods. Clay completed a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major at Claremont McKenna, where he specialized in population ethics and Spinoza.
Joe Lonsdale co-founded Palantir Technologies, a multi-billion dollar software company which develops mission-critical analysis systems used by government and financial organizations around the world. He is also the founder of Addepar, a leader in private wealth management technology. Previously, he worked with the financial arm of PayPal while still a student, and then joined as an early executive at Clarium Capital, and was a key player in growing Clarium into a $5-billion AUM global macro hedge fund. He has a variety of other philanthropic pursuits. He is Chairman of ONEHOPE Inc, a charity-focused wine brand with partners such as the Mondavi family. He earned a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2003. He often lectures on entrepreneurship and technology at the university and at other educational forums.
David Crane is a lecturer in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University and president of Govern For California. From 2004 – 2010 he served as a special advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and from 1979-2003 he was a partner at Babcock & Brown, a financial services company. He also serves on the boards of the Volcker-Ravitch Task Force on the State Budget Crisis, Building America’s Future and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and is a member of the University of California’s Investment Advisory Group. Formerly he served on the University of California Board of Regents and the boards of the California State Teachers Retirement System, the California High Speed Rail Authority, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Environmental Defense Fund, Legal Services for Children, the San Francisco Day School and the Little School.
Zac crently serves as CEO of OpenGov, a company that is building transparency software for the budgeting and financial planning process in municipal government. Zac served as a Special Advisor for Rule of Law and Governance on the Anticorruption Task Force at the International Security Assistance Forces (NATO) headquarters. He practiced trial litigation with San Francisco-based Keker & Van Nest, where he represented Silicon Valley and Fortune 500 clients in contract, trade secret, white-collar criminal, class action, and patent matters. Zac served as a law clerk to the Hon. Sandra S. Ikuta on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and he studied corruption and transparency in the Mexican government on a Fulbright Fellowship. He holds a J.D. from the Yale Law School and an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
Tayler worked with New Oriental co-founder, Xu Xiaoping, to build Zhen Fund, now a leading early stage investment group in China. From 2014-2015 she led Palantir's largest healthcare customer deployment, where she oversaw software development for population health and provider network management. She is a graduate of Stanford University where she received a B.A. in Human Biology and M.S. in Management Science and Engineering. Tayler is also a member of P.E.O., a nationwide philanthropic organization that raises scholarships for women’s higher education.
Anthony Ghosn is co-founder and CEO of Shogun Enterprises, a vertical financial services business focused on distributing credit and insurance. Anthony studied philosophy and computer science at Stanford University where he also founded TCM, a seed fund focused on supporting his peers build their companies. Anthony worked closely with Joe Lonsdale, founder of Palantir, Addepar and GP of 8VC before they founded Shogun together.