The integration and analysis of large quantities of data, or as Palantir likes to say, helping to solve the world's biggest problems.
The global enterprise giants.
Headquarters: Palo Alto, Calif.
CEO: Alex Karp
Year Founded: 2004
Number of Employees: 1,000
Key Investors: Founders Fund, In-Q-Tel and Karp's co-founders Peter Thiel, Stephen Cohen, Nathan Gettings and Joe Lonsdale
- Palantir's platform is deployed against terrorism, human trafficking, weapons trafficking, drug trafficking, fraud, waste and abuse, child pornography rings and food borne illness.
- Palantir says its technology is helping public and private sector clients to stop the next Bernie Madoff, genocide in the Sudan, gang violence, Medicare fraud and cyber espionage, and lower the cost of pharmaceutical R&D.
- Helped in the hunt for Osama bin Laden
- Revenue and customer base doubling every year
- Has not specified annual revenue goal, but expects at least $1 billion
- Palantir's Philanthropy Engineering efforts include the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Team Rubicon (disaster relief), the Clinton Global Initiative and the Polaris Project (human trafficking)
- Founded by former PayPal executives and Stanford computer science professors
"The original disruptor was a gentleman named William Shockley who was the Nobel Prize-winning inventor of the transistor…Shockey was a horrifically bad manager and after a year the "Traitorous Eight" left to form Fairchild Semiconductor. They got rid of titles, dress codes, and reserved parking spots. They gave stock options to employees and they created wide open working spaces where no one had doors. I like to think of the disruption he [Shockey] created for the Traitorous Eight – their reaction to his awful leadership style which gave us what is now the Silicon Valley working culture – an egalitarian workplace."