Researchers

JOE LONSDALE is a partner at 8VC, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm. He was an early investor in many notable companies including Wish, Oculus, Oscar, Illumio, Blend, RelateIQ, Joby Aviation, Guardant Health, and Synthego. Joe is also a co/founder of numerous companies, such as Palantir, Addepar, OpenGov, Affinity, Anduin, Epirus, and Esper. Previously, he was an executive at Clarium Capital (a large global macro hedge fund), as well as an early employee at PayPal. Joe holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University, and regularly lectures and writes about entrepreneurship, technology, and public policy. In 2016 and 2017 he was the youngest member of the Forbes 100 Midas List.

ASHBY MONK is the Executive and Research Director of the Global Projects Center (GPC) within Stanford University’s School of Engineering. His current work focuses on the design and governance of investment organizations, with a particular focus on innovation, tech-enablement, and alignment of interests. His research program has made key contributions to academic and practical understanding in three major areas: the role of sovereign funds in the development and management of public assets and resources; the organization and management of financial institutions and investment organizations; and the financing of long-horizon assets, such as urban infrastructure and new energy assets. Dr. Monk has a strong record of publication in leading peer-reviewed journals, and has authored over 100 scholarly publications, including articles, books, and officially commissioned reports. His work has also been featured in outlets such as The Economist, Foreign Policy, NPR, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Institutional Investor. He is also actively involved in a variety of extra-academic efforts to improve the functioning of the investment management and financial services industries, including being: cofounder of FutureProof; cofounder of Real Capital Innovation; cofounder and Chairman of Long Game Savings; Chairman of Aligned Intermediary; Chairman of Novarca North America; cofounder of Talagent; and Senior Advisor to Eric Ries and the Long-Term Investment Coalition. Dr. Monk received his Doctorate from the University of Oxford, a Masters degree from Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sarbonne, and Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.

KANISHK PARASHAR is the cofounder and CEO of Real Capital Innovation (RCI), a startup whose mission is to empower institutional investors by partnering with them to build advanced investment tools. By training and at heart, he’s an engineer who is driven to create lasting impact through building new and innovative technology. He is also an avid advocate for founders around the globe through his body of work in startup advisorship and angel investing. Kanishk has a long-running track record in entrepreneurship. Before RCI, he launched a consumer electronics startup, Coin (acquired by Fitbit in 2016), which broke global records for consumer electronics crowdfunding sales with over $20M USD in revenue during launch. Kanishk’s work has been spotlighted by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Reuters, and Forbes. He holds a degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University, and has previously held management and engineering roles at eBay, PayPal, Yahoo, and Oracle.

DANE ROOK is a Research Engineer at Stanford University’s Global Projects Center, where his work explores applications of advanced digital technologies and analytical methods to institutional investing. His work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Institutional Investor, Pensions & Investments, and Global Economic Review, among others. He is the co-author (with Ashby Monk) of the book, ​The Technologized Investor: Innovation through Reorientation,​ which investigates novel strategies for re-centering institutional investment organizations around superior technology. Previously, Dr. Rook was a Quantitative Analyst at Kensho Technologies (which was purchased by S&P in what remains the largest acquisition of an artificial intelligence company). Earlier, he worked in the investment banking division of JPMorgan in New York City. Dr. Rook holds a Doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was a Clarendon Scholar. He also holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and the University of Michigan.