Shyam Sankar

President, Palantir Technologies

Shyam Sankar’s parents brought him to the US as a small child to escape the violence and corrup­tion they witnessed firsthand in Nigeria, and to pursue a better life. Growing up, Shyam discovered an early love of software, leading to s­tints as a developer, startup founder, and executi­ve at Xoom, a payments company serving the developing world.

While each of these experiences imparted knowledge, it was Shyam’s family’s journey – from upheaval, through several entrepreneurial failures, to establishing firmer foo­ting – that most profoundly shaped his aspirati­ons. Shyam joined Palan­tir in 2006 as the first business hire. Today, as President at Palan­tir, he oversees all customer engagements, product strategy, and day-to-day operati­ons worldwide.

My Sessions

Defending the Country Using Big Data

Atrium Ballroom A

How does big data and human-machine teaming models leverage the full capability of America’s defense systems?

A Series of TED-style talks on Developing and Deploying at Scale Distruptive Technologies.