Patri Friedman received a BS in math from Harvey Mudd College and an MS in computer science from Stanford University. While in school he experimented with technology startups, ran a small consulting business, and co-founded two intentional communities. In 2008, he left Google and founded The Seasteading Institute with funding from PayPal founder Peter Thiel.
Patri has deep interest in entrepreneurship and venture capital, and has been an angel investor since 2001. He co-founded Zarco Investment Group with Dr. Germano in 2011. Patri currently works as a software engineer at Google and lives with his partner Brit and his two children Iselle and Tovar in Berkeley, California. He can be reached as patri at zigfund dot com.
João Germano graduated from the Catholic University of Lisbon with a degree in law. He completed his post-graduate studies in corporate management. For 15 years, he practiced business law and founded JPG & Associates, headquartered in Lisbon. During this period, he founded companies in the fields of engineering, software development, and real estate investment. João currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Exergia, a multi-national engineering, architecture, and urban planning organization.
In the spirit of continued entrepreneurship, João co-founded Zarco Investment Group. Joao is the co-author of several patents, including a patent for measuring electromagnetic radiation emitted by mobile phones, which enables controlling the degree of exposure to this type of radiation. He can be reached as j.germano at zigfund dot com.