They build software platforms for large institutions whose work is essential to their way of life. Those institutions must be able to function in times of stability as well as crisis and uncertainty. To do so, they need software that works. They were founded in 2003 and started building software for the intelligence community in the United States to assist in counterterrorism investigations and operations. They later began working with commercial enterprises. They have built two principal software platforms, Palantir Gotham ("Gotham") and Palantir Foundry ("Foundry"). Gotham, their first software platform, was constructed for analysts at defense and intelligence agencies. They were hunting for needles not in one, but in thousands of haystacks. And they did not have the software they needed to do their jobs. In Afghanistan and Iraq, soldiers were mapping networks of insurgents and makers of roadside bombs by hand. Their software is on the front lines, sometimes literally, and that means so are they. Gotham’s use has now extended beyond intelligence analysis into defense operations and mission planning. And Foundry is becoming the central operating system not only for individual institutions but for entire industries.
Alexander Karp is one of our co-founders and has served in various positions with us since co-founding Palantir, most recently as our Chief Executive Officer, and has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2003. Mr. Karp holds a B.A. from Haverford College, a J.D. from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.
David Glazer has served in various positions with us since 2013, most recently as our Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. Mr. Glazer holds a B.A. in History from Santa Clara University and a J.D. from Emory University School of Law.
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