Brian Schimpf is Co-Founder and CEO of Anduril Industries. Previously, Brian was Director of Engineering at Palantir Technologies, where he led a large engineering organization developing and deploying data integration and analysis products. He served numerous domestic and international government organizations across the intelligence, defense, and law enforcement sectors.
Previously, Brian was the Founder and Lead of Cornell University’s autonomous vehicle research program where his teams competed in DARPA’s Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge. Brian graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering.
Palmer Luckey is the Founder of Anduril Industries. He is also the designer of the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head-mounted display, and the founder of Oculus VR.
Frustrated with the inadequacy and high cost of the existing HMDs on the market, Palmer began experimenting with his own designs in 2009 at the age of 16. In 2012, he formed Oculus VR, which was acquired two years later by Facebook for $2.3b.
Palmer began attending Golden West College and Long Beach City College at the age of 14, and studied at California State University, Long Beach before dropping out to found Oculus VR.
His deep interest in defense technology was driven by his time at the USC ICT MxR lab, where he built hardware used to research immersive PTSD treatment for US veterans. He continued to support various military applications of VR during his time at Oculus, informing his belief that radical modernization of US military technology is a prerequisite for preserving our way of life.
Trae Stephens is Co-Founder and Chairman of Anduril Industries, and additionally a Partner at Founders Fund.
Trae was a senior in high school on 9/11 and was inspired to attend Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service focusing on Arabic and Security Studies, later serving as a computational linguist building enterprise solutions to Arabic/Persian name matching and data enrichment within the United States Intelligence Community.
After his time in the Intelligence Community, Trae joined as an early employee at Palantir Technologies, where he led teams focused on growth in the intelligence/defense space as well as international expansion, helping large organizations solve their hardest data analysis problems. He was also an integral part of the product team, leading the design and strategy for new product offerings. He simultaneously served as an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University.
Trae has also served in the office of then Congressman Rob Portman and in the Political Affairs Office at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C. immediately following the installation of Hamid Karzai’s transitional government.
Matt Grimm is Co-Founder and COO of Anduril Industries.
Matt was profoundly moved by the tragedy wrought on his community and many others around the world by the attacks of 9/11. It was then that he decided to combine his passion for building with a deep sense of mission to further the country's national defense—a career path that ultimately led him to co-found Anduril.
While classmates at Cornell University, Matt co-founded with Brian Schimpf the university's autonomous vehicle entry into the DARPA Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge competitions. He graduated from Cornell with both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Engineering in Systems Engineering.
After consulting for the Department of Defense at Booz Allen Hamilton, Matt was an early hire at Palantir. In this role, he deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan to ensure U.S. forces had the best technology for the mission. Matt co-founded Anduril after some time working in venture capital in the San Francisco Bay Area.
He lives in Orange County, California with his wife and two children.
Joe Chen is a Co-Founder of Anduril Industries.
After 10 years in engineering and product management, Joseph enlisted in the US Army National Guard to serve his nation and community as a paratrooper in the 1st Battalion (Airborne),143rd Infantry Regiment.
Joseph was one of the first employees at Oculus VR, where he contributed to hardware development as Product Lead and led non-gaming developer relations. Previously, he had worked on augmented reality (AR) headset technology at Epson.
Most recently, he launched Here Be Dragons, a VR content production studio, where he pioneered VR camera technologies and capture techniques as Executive Technical Producer. Joseph earned a Bachelor of Arts in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Matthew Steckman is Head of Corporate and Government Affairs for Anduril Industries. He is responsible for new business and customer success across US and international government and the private sector.
Prior to Anduril, Matt served as Chief Revenue Officer for Zipline International, the world’s first drone delivery company focusing on medical and blood products. He divided his time between the US and emerging markets and forged a first-of-its-kind partnership with the US government to provide Zipline’s lifesaving service to rural communities.
At Palantir Technologies, Matt held several leadership positions, running internal business operations and owning relationships with the company's largest customers. This included growing Palantir’s collaboration with the US defense and intelligence communities and expanding business in the financial and energy sectors.
Matt holds degrees in Computer Science and International Affairs from Georgetown University. He and his wife live in the Washington, DC area.