Ajay Royan and Peter Thiel, both cofounders and investors in Mithril, serve as its investment committee. Peter chairs the committee, and Ajay leads the firm. They have been investing together since 2003.
Ajay Royan cofounded Mithril and heads the firm as its managing general partner. At Mithril, Ajay has led investments in innovative companies located both in Silicon Valley and around the world. He serves on many of these companies’ boards, helping them successfully navigate high-growth periods by counseling on competitive and organizational strategy, as well as macro trends.
Before forming Mithril, Ajay was a managing director and senior investor at Clarium Capital Management, where he led the firm’s unlevered growth investments and was a member of the core team that grew it into a multi-billion dollar fund. He also cofounded Breakout Labs, a nonprofit fund that invests in unconventional inventors and scientists advancing radical ideas. Before Clarium, Ajay specialized in corporate strategy at Braxton Associates, a unit of Deloitte.
Ajay frequently speaks on technology investing at technology and finance conferences, as well as public forums such as Bloomberg, CNBC, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He has been a guest lecturer on macro investing at Yale University and has served as a participant in the Hoover Institution’s Working Group on Global Markets and as one of the Churchill Club’s Tech Trends experts. He serves as an external adviser to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, and also serves on the board of the Thiel Foundation. He was educated at Yale University.
Peter Thiel cofounded Mithril, is one of its most significant investors, and heads the investment committee as its chairman.
Peter has extensive experience as both an investor and entrepreneur. In 1998, he cofounded PayPal, an innovative payments company that he later sold to eBay for $1.5 billion. He also cofounded Palantir Technologies, which enables the integration, visualization, and analysis of heterogeneous sources of information. He was the first outside investor in Facebook, now the world’s largest social networking hub with over a billion users.
Peter established and funds the Thiel Foundation, which promotes freedom in all its forms. He sponsors the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Seasteading Institute, the Human Rights Foundation, and the Machine Intelligence Research Institute. Peter also created the 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellowship, which nurtures the tech visionaries of tomorrow. He was educated at Stanford University.