Alex Karp Information, Photos, & Interviews

Alex Karp - About

Dr. Alexander Caedmon Karp was born on October 2, 1967, in Philadelphia. He is bilingual in English and German and speaks French. He graduated with a BA, from Haverford College (1989). He then attended Law School: JD, Stanford University where he and Peter Thiel became friends. He obtained his PhD in Neoclassical Social Theory from the University of Frankfurt (he studied with Jurgen Habermas).

We find, Published in 2002: Aggression in der Lebenswelt: Die Erweiterung des Parsonsschen Konzepts der Aggression durch die Beschreibung des Zusammenhangs von Jargon, Aggression und Kultur (Aggression in the life-world: The extension of Talcott Parsons' (b. 1902–d. 1979) concept of aggression by describing the connection between jargon, aggression, and culture). Further print contributions found at & more, more, more, more & ... About: structural functionalist |

He founded Caedmon Group (an asset management company based in London) and then was the co-founder of Palantir Technologies Inc. in 2004. He became the CEO of Palantir in 2005.

Palantir, it may be said, uniquely tweaks, filters and otherwise moves datasets to provide clients with aggregation, analytics and more. This American software company is clearly making an impact on global counter-terrorism, medical advances and social progress using the rare mix of human perception and big data at the highest levels (see interview video for Alex's own description of Palantir).

We read on "(...) Every journey at Palantir begins at our global headquarters in downtown Palo Alto. It’s the heart of our mission, culture, and identity. Inside these walls, you’ll find some of the best and brightest minds around. You’ll find everything from our product development team (who builds next-generation Palantir products) to our Design Studio (where designers craft user interfaces) to our Security Operations Center (where the InfoSec team protects our networks against cyber threats). Though much has changed since we were founded in 2004, Palo Alto has always been our home. (...)".

Alex Karp is listed as Director at RoboteX which was founded in 2007. (See: RoboteX in the news). He is listed as being on the board of the Economist Newspaper Ltd. as Director since 2016, and as a member of the Supervisory Board of Axel Springer.

Andy Greenberg in Forbes writes:

"He solves Rubik's cubes in less than three minutes, swims and practices the meditative art of Qigong daily and has gone through aikido and jujitsu phases that involved putting cofounders in holds in the Shire's [Palantir offices] hallways. A cabinet in his office is stocked with vitamins, 20 pairs of identical swimming goggles and hand sanitizer." [1]

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1] Andy Greenberg and Ryan Mac, "How a Deviant Philosopher Built Palantir", Forbes, 14 August 2013.

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Alex Karp Interviews & Presentations


This special section has updates on Palantir IPO news:

  • First published October 2016. Last updated 03/09/2018

Will Palantir Technologies go Public?

Alex Karp, co-founder and CEO of Palantir Technologies, discusses his company going public and what investors and employees can expect.

Sample articles from 2015:

Billion Dollar Unicorns: Palantir’s Skyrocketing Valuation May Be Justified

And also of interest: Palantir Has Raised $880 Million At A $20 Billion Valuation

- This is is in no way an all inclusive review of articles online.

Sample articles from 2016:

Palantir Mulls IPO and Expects to Be Profitable Next Year

Why Palantir CEO Karp has changed his mind about going public

Palantir, Big Data Leader, Considers IPO

Will Peter Thiel’s Palantir Technologies Be the Best IPO of 2017?

Why the Secretive Startup Palantir Is ‘Seriously’ Considering an IPO

Palantir considers IPO and predicts profit in 2017

Sampling Palantir IPO news from 2017

Will Peter Thiel Push a Palantir IPO in 2017?

2017 IPO Prospects: Palantir Finally Mulling An IPO

Tech startups’ infatuation with alternative IPOs might not be a good thing

The Snap IPO Dossier: Inside the Biggest Tech Offering of 2017

31 tech companies that could go public in 2017

Palantir should be profitable this year, CEO Karp says in report

A Silicon Valley Giant Blocked Its Investors From Selling Their Shares, Lawsuit Claims

GSV Capital (GSVC) Expertly Positioned for an Exciting IPO Season

Palantir's IPO Plans Are Just As Secretive As The Company Itself

Can Peter Thiel pull a rabbit from his hat with Palantir?

Palantir's IPO Plans are Just as Secretive as the Company Itself

5 ways tech startups are avoiding IPOs

The tech IPO window is wide open, and Silicon Valley is rushing to cash in

Palantir Will Struggle to Hold On to $20 Billion Valuation, Study Says

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