Palmer Luckey

Palmer Luckey

Founder, Anduril Industries

WHY: Virtual reality visionary runs

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startup focused on defense and homeland security. Irvine’s Anduril uses AI and VR to monitor large areas and “allow warfighters, first responders and law enforcement to act quickly with the best information available.”

RECENT: Anduril reached unicorn status in September after funding round that’s said to include Silicon Valley powerhouse Andreessen Horowitz, which invested in Luckey’s last venture, Oculus, prior to its $2B sale to Facebook.

QUOTABLE: On the differences between OC and Silicon Valley: “the weather is worse, the people are worse, the costs are worse” at the latter.

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