Ken Howery is a co-founder and partner at Founders Fund. Prior to Founders Fund, Ken co-founded PayPal, where he was the first CFO. While at PayPal, Ken developed a product that accelerated much of the company’s viral growth on eBay, helped raise over $200 million in private financing, worked on the company’s public offerings, and assisted in the company’s $1.5 billion sale to eBay.
Ken also was a partner with Peter Thiel in his angel investing, helping diligence deals, including the Series A investment in Facebook. His work as a venture capitalist with a founder-friendly approach has been recognized widely in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Fortune.
Ken was selected to keynote the Harvard Business School Entrepreneurship Conference, was selected to the Midas List of top venture capital investors, and named one of the Top 10 VCs under 36 by Venture Capital Journal. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012, and served as a member of the Selection Committee for the Forum’s Technology Pioneers Program. He has also served as a member of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. Ken graduated with a degree in Economics from Stanford University.