- Co-Founder and Partner, Founders Fund, USA
Ken Howery is Co-Founder and Partner of Founders Fund, the first founder-focused venture capital firm with over US$ 1 billion under management and investments in over 50 companies. Howery has led or co-led investments in a number of companies at Founders Fund including Facebook, Quantcast, Geni and ZocDoc. Prior to Founders Fund, he co-founded PayPal and served as the company's first Chief Financial Officer. At PayPal, he developed a product that accelerated much of the viral growth on eBay, helped raise over US$ 200 million in private financing, worked on the company's public offerings and assisted in the company's US$ 1.5 billion sale to eBay. He was also a partner with Peter Thiel in his private venture investing, helping in diligence deals, including the Series A investment in Facebook. Howery was chosen as a keynote speaker at the Harvard Business School Entrepreneurship Conference and was selected as one of the Top 10 VCs under 36 by Venture Capital Journal. He graduated with a degree in Economics from Stanford University.