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Joe Lonsdale moves forward with 8VC’s new fund and more

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But last week, we spoke with him about the new fund and, to a much lesser extent, about Formation 8 Partners, which Lonsdale famously cofounded in 2011 with Stanford classmate Brian Koo and longtime venture investor Jim Kim before the three abruptly disbanded in 2015.

Koo has since founded another firm: Formation Group, which hews most closely to Formation 8 s mission, which was to bridge the ecosystems between Asian countries and Silicon Valley.

Kim has also cofounded a new venture firm called Builders, which we reported on last month.

It also accounts for a perhaps more controversial bet on Hyperloop One, an ambitious company aiming to build faster, cleaner long-distance travel through a supersonic transit system that remains largely theoretical for now.

The well-funded company, which recently settled a lawsuit with one of its cofounders and several former employees, is currently engaged in numerous feasibility studies.

8VC s mission also underscores what Lonsdale most wants to focus on — the future.

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