Josh Wolfe co-founded Lux Capital to support scientists & entrepreneurs who pursue counter-conventional solutions to the most vexing puzzles of our time in order to lead us into a brighter future. The more ambitious the project, the better-like, say, creating matter from light.
Wolfe is a director at Shapeways, Strateos, Lux Research, Kallyope, CTRL-labs, Variant, & Varda, & helped lead Lux Capital's investments in Anduril, Planet, Echodyne, Clarifai, Authorea, Resilience, & Hadrian. He is a founding investor & board member with Bill Gates in Kymeta, which makes cutting-edge antennas for high-speed global satellite & space communications.
Wolfe is a Westinghouse semi-finalist & published scientist. He previously worked in investment banking at Salomon Smith Barney & in capital markets at Merrill Lynch. In 2008, he co-founded & funded Kurion, a contrarian bet in the unlikely business of using advanced robotics & state-of-the-art engineering & chemistry to clean up nuclear waste. It was an unmet, inevitable need with no solution in sight. The company was among the first responders to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. In February 2016, Veolia acquired Kurion for nearly $400 million-34 times Lux's total investment.
Wolfe is a columnist with Forbes & editor for the Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech Report. He has been invited to the White House & Capitol Hill to advise on nanotechnology & emerging technologies, & has lectured at MIT, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, & NYU. He is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations & chairman of Coney Island Prep charter school, where he grew up in Brooklyn. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in economics & finance.
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