Team

  • Ajay Royan
     
     
     

    Ajay Royan

    Ajay cofounded Mithril in 2012 and leads the firm as its Managing General Partner. He was formerly Managing Director and Senior Investor at Clarium, where he led unlevered growth investments. He has been a recurring guest lecturer on macro investing at Yale, and serves as an external adviser to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Michigan Risk Science Center. He earned a B.A. from Yale.

  • Peter Thiel
     
     
     

    Peter Thiel

    Peter cofounded Mithril and chairs the investment committee. Peter also cofounded PayPal and Palantir Technologies, was the first outside investor in Facebook, and has made numerous other investments in highly successful technology companies. He created the Thiel Fellowship and established and funds the Thiel Foundation. He was educated at Stanford University.

  • Amit Mulgaonkar
     
     
     

    Amit Mulgaonkar

    Prior to Mithril, Amit pursued bioengineering research in ultrasound therapeutics, robotic surgery, minimally invasive surgical devices, as well as orthotics and prosthetics. He is a past fellow of the Advancing Bioengineering Innovation program at the UCLA Business of Science Center and graduate of the StartupUCLA accelerator program. Amit has a doctorate in biomedical engineering from UCLA, with a dissertation focused on targeted non-invasive ultrasonic neuromodulation, and a bioengineering degree from UCSD.

  • Anuja Royan
     
     
     

    Anuja Royan

    Anuja Royan is the Managing Director of Mithril360, the finance, analytics and operations affiliate of Mithril.

    Anuja was most recently senior vice president of finance at Counsel Corporation, a diversified public holding company with interests in private equity and real estate finance. Before Counsel, Anuja headed finance and operations at Hilco Consumer Capital, a private equity firm focused on acquiring leading consumer brands including Polaroid, The Sharper Image, and The Bombay Company. She has led corporate finance, compliance, tax, FP&A, and structuring activities for both general partnerships and investment portfolios. She joined Hilco from the Structured Finance Group at GMAC.

    Anuja is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Valuation Analyst who began her career at Ernst & Young. She received both a B.Comm and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto.

  • Brian Behlendorf
     
     
     

    Brian Behlendorf

    Prior to Mithril, Brian co-developed the Apache Web server, cofounded the Apache Software Foundation and CollabNet, and was the CTO of the World Economic Forum. He also served as a technology advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and at the Department of Health and Human Services. He serves on the board of the Mozilla Foundation, Benetech, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

  • Colin Greenspon
     
     
     

    Colin Greenspon

    Prior to Mithril, Colin practiced venture capital, private equity, and M&A law at Weil Gotshal and Manges in Silicon Valley and Linklaters in New York and London where he structured complex transactions on behalf of global institutions in sectors including technology, financial services, resources, and industrials. He earned his A.B., magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

  • Crystal McKellar
     
     
     

    Crystal McKellar

    Prior to Mithril, Crystal practiced securities and antitrust law at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and Morrison & Foerster in California where she worked with Fortune 500 Companies and the world’s largest financial institutions as they navigated times of crisis and opportunity. Crystal received a B.A. in history, magna cum laude, from Yale University, a Masters of Studies, with Distinction, from the University of Oxford, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.

  • J.D. Vance
     
     
     

    J.D. Vance

    Prior to Mithril, JD ran a neuroscience-focused biotechnology company, Circuit Therapeutics. He began his career as a regulatory lawyer at the international firm Sidley Austin LLP. JD is a board member of the Yale Veterans Association, and a contributing opinion writer to the New York Times. He earned his BA from The Ohio State University and his JD from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

  • Jim O’Neill
     
     
     

    Jim O’Neill

    Prior to Mithril, Jim was a managing director of Clarium and ran the Thiel Foundation, where he cofounded the 20 under 20 Thiel Fellowship and Breakout Labs. Prior to Clarium, Jim served as the principal associate deputy secretary of health and human services and made investments in drug, vaccine, and diagnostic research. Jim received a B.A. from Yale and an A.M from the University of Chicago.

  • Paul Leggett
     
     
     

    Paul Leggett

    Prior to Mithril, Paul helped lead Morgan Stanley’s Clean Energy investment banking business, Global Sustainable Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions groups. Paul began his career in Natural Resources at Lehman Brothers. Paul is a member of the DOE HTAC, Sierra Club Clean Technology Leadership Council as well as a former Corporate Leader and current Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Paul earned a MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and a BA in Political Economy from Tulane University.

  • Sam Ecker
     
     
     

    Sam Ecker

    Prior to Mithril, Sam was a part of the Interest Rates Products group at Goldman Sachs in San Francisco, where he sold U.S. Treasury bonds, financial futures, interest rate swaps, and interest rate volatility products to large asset managers and hedge funds. Sam received a B.S. in Management Science and Engineering with a concentration in Organizations, Technology, and Entrepreneurship from Stanford University.

  • Stephanie Watkins
     
     
     

    Stephanie Watkins

    Stephanie has worked with Ajay since 2010, first at Clarium Capital Management and later at Mithril. Prior to Clarium, Stephanie attended San Francisco State University, where she earned a B.A. in Sociology.