Jack Studer's portrait


Principal, 1517 Fund

Nick currently is a Principal at 1517 Fund, a venture capital firm based in San Francisco, CA. He founded WayPaver Foundation in an effort to help remove barriers to the settlement of space and advance breakthrough innovation. Previously, Nick worked for the Thiel Foundation where he managed the growth and development of their global community of young visionaries, entrepreneurs, and scientists, helping to expand the group to over 2,500 members from dozens of different countries.

Prior to his work with Thiel, Nick spent several years working in community and economic development in the Great Lakes region, from working with a 91-block district to a 10-county regional organization. He founded and served on the board of Twelve Cities Project for several years, a nonprofit that examined entrepreneurial ecosystems of various mid-sized cities throughout the United States. He resides in Fort Wayne, IN.