ABOUT

VALAR VENTURES IS A GLOBALLY-ORIENTED VENTURE FUND BASED IN NEW YORK CITY.

Valar’s core thesis is that an increasing number of transformative technology companies are being started outside of Silicon Valley, and that the founders of those companies benefit from having a US partner that understands the unique challenges and opportunities of building a global business from these emerging tech hubs.

We believe in pursuing large ambitions and focusing on long-term growth over short-term profitability. We believe that founders are best positioned to lead their start-ups, and that they should retain substantial equity and control. We are looking for exceptionally talented teams building businesses that can dominate across multiple geographies.

OUR TEAM

ANDREW MCCORMACK

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 in preparing for the company’s IPO. 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.

JAMES FITZGERALD

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 extensive network of investments and businesses. In that capacity, he worked closely with the Founders Fund, Mithril, and Clarium.

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.

PETER THIEL

Peter Thiel co-founded PayPal in 1998 and guided it as CEO through its IPO and sale to eBay in 2002. In 2004, he co-founded Palantir Technologies and became the first outside investor in Facebook. In 2005, he co-founded Founders Fund, a leading Silicon Valley venture capital fund. Through Founders Fund, as well as through his private investing, Peter has helped build the next generation of tech companies.

Peter earned a B.A. in philosophy from Stanford University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he occasionally teaches on globalization and technology.

Peter provides strategic advice and mentoring to Valar and its portfolio companies.

REUBEN KOBULNIK

Reuben is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Valar Ventures, responsible for all operational, financial reporting and legal matters.

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.

JOHN TENET

John is a Principal at Valar Ventures and is responsible for sourcing and evaluating technology-driven companies across a variety of sectors, as well as providing assistance to the firm’s portfolio companies. John joined Valar from Allen & Company, where he spent 3 years investing in technology, media, and telecom deals, as well as focusing on third party manager sourcing and due diligence as part of the firm’s Capital Markets and Investment Management Divisions.

John received his B.A. in Government from Georgetown University in 2010.