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Palmer Luckey

Founder

Palmer Luckey is the founder of Anduril Industries, a defense technology company that works to make America safer by inventing products with a focus on artificial intelligence, immersive systems, and sensor fusion. He is also the founder of Oculus VR and the designer of the Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display. Palmer founded Oculus in 2012 after dropping out of college to focus on his passion for VR and sold Oculus to Facebook two years later.

His lifelong interest in defense technology was reinforced by his time at the USC ICT MxR lab, where he built hardware that was used to research immersive PTSD treatment for US veterans. Palmer continued to support various military applications of VR during his time at Oculus, reflecting his conviction that America’s enduring ability to defend its interests and allies requires radical modernization of its military technology.

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Brian Schimpf

Co-Founder & CEO

Brian Schimpf is Co-Founder and CEO of Anduril Industries. Previously, Brian was Director of Engineering at Palantir Technologies, where he led a large engineering organization developing and deploying data integration and analysis products. He served numerous domestic and international government organizations across the intelligence, defense, and law enforcement sectors.

Previously, Brian was the Founder and Lead of Cornell University’s autonomous vehicle research program where his teams competed in DARPA’s Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge. Brian graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering.

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Trae Stephens

Co-Founder & Chairman

Trae Stephens is Co-Founder and Chairman of Anduril Industries, and additionally a Partner at Founders Fund. Before co-founding Anduril, Trae was an early employee at Palantir Technologies. At Palantir, he led teams focused on growth in the intelligence/defense space as well as international expansion, helping large organizations solve their hardest data analysis problems. He was also an integral part of the product team, leading the design and strategy for new product offerings. He simultaneously served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University.

Previously, Trae served as a computational linguist building enterprise solutions to Arabic/Persian name matching and data enrichment within the United States Intelligence Community. He also served in the office of then Congressman Rob Portman and in the Political Affairs Office at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C. immediately following the installation of Hamid Karzai’s transitional government. Trae attended Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he focused on Arabic and Security Studies. Together with his wife and two sons, he divides his time between San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC.

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Matthew Grimm

Co-Founder & COO

Matt Grimm is Co-Founder and COO of Anduril Industries. Matt was profoundly moved by the tragedy wrought on his community and many others around the world by the attacks of 9/11. It was then that he decided to combine his passion for building with a deep sense of mission to further the country’s national defense — a career path that ultimately led him to co-found Anduril. While classmates at Cornell University, Matt co-founded with Brian Schimpf the university’s autonomous vehicle entry into the DARPA Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge competitions. He graduated from Cornell with both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering.

After consulting for the Department of Defense at Booz Allen Hamilton, Matt was an early hire at Palantir. In this role, he deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan to ensure U.S. forces had the best technology for the mission. Matt co-founded Anduril after some time working in venture capital in the San Francisco Bay Area. He lives in Orange County, California with his wife and two children.

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Joseph Chen

Co-Founder

Joseph Chen is a Co-Founder of Anduril Industries. After 10 years in engineering and product management, Joseph enlisted in the US Army National Guard to serve his nation and community as a paratrooper in the 1st Battalion (Airborne),143rd Infantry Regiment. Joseph was one of the first employees at Oculus VR, where he contributed to hardware development as Product Lead and led non-gaming developer relations. Previously, he had worked on augmented reality (AR) headset technology at Epson.

Most recently, Joseph launched Here Be Dragons, a VR content production studio, where he pioneered VR camera technologies and capture techniques as Executive Technical Producer. Joseph earned a Bachelor of Arts in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.

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