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Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant is an entrepreneur, investor, and author who has significantly contributed to the technology industry

Personal Stats 

Age: 48
Source of wealth: Entrepreneur, investor 
Residence: India, USA
Citizenship: USA 
Marital status: Unknown 
Education: Dartmouth College

Education

Naval attended Dartmouth College, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in CS and ECO respectively, in 1995. While in college, he completed an internship at Davis Polk & Wardwell. Naval worked for the Boston Consulting Group for a while after graduating from Dartmouth before relocating to Silicon Valley.

Career

In 1999, Ravikant co-founded the consumer product review site Epinions, along with several other individuals. The company raised $45 million in venture capital from Benchmark Capital and August Capital. In 2003, Epinions merged with comparison pricing site Dealtime, and the company became Shopping.com. After its first day of trading in October 2004, Shopping.com was worth $750 million. However, in January 2005, Ravikant and three of his co-founders filed a lawsuit against Benchmark, August Capital, and co-founder Nirav Tolia. They claimed they were misled into believing the company was worth less than the $45 million raised in outside capital, making their shares worthless. The lawsuit was settled in December 2005.

Around 2007, Ravikant started a $20 million early-stage venture capital fund named "The Hit Forge," which invested in prominent startups, including Twitter, Uber, and Stack Overflow. In 2010, Ravikant co-founded AngelList, a fundraising platform for startups to raise money from angel investors. AngelList also operates Product Hunt. In 2022, AngelList reached a $4 billion valuation. Naval is the co-founder, chairman, and former CEO of AngelList.

In 2014, Ravikant co-founded MetaStable Capital, a cryptocurrency hedge fund that owned Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, and several other cryptocurrencies. A June 2017 regulatory filing reported its assets as $69 million. Investors in the fund include Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, Union Square Ventures, Founders Fund, and Bessemer Venture Partners.

In 2017, Ravikant launched Spearhead, an investment fund that raised $100 million for its third fund to provide founders with $1 million each to invest in technology companies as angel investors. The first two classes of Spearhead include founders from 35 companies. Together, these companies are worth over $10 billion, and four of them are unicorns.

Naval runs a short-form podcast at Nav.al and Spearhead. co, discussing philosophy, business, and investing. He has also been a podcast guest on several popular shows, including The Joe Rogan Experience, The Tim Ferriss Show, and Coffee with Scott Adams.

Personal Life

Ravikant was born in 1974 in New Delhi, India. At the age of nine, he moved to New York with his mother and sibling, Kamal. In 1991, he graduated from Stuyvesant High School.

Social Media

Twitter - https://twitter.com/naval

 

 


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