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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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 (inactive) 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.

  • John Kingsbury
     
     
     

    John Kingsbury

    Prior to Mithril, John served 14 years as an officer in the Naval Special Warfare community, where he completed a variety of operational leadership assignments. His military career concluded with service as the Executive Officer of a 200-person organization, overseeing a US $50 million portfolio of research and development projects. Most recently, after transitioning from government service, John served as director of national operations at PillPack, Inc., where he worked to scale the company’s distribution network while assisting with strategic planning.

  • 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.

  • 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.