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Hack Week 2013

Team Pegasus’s quadcopter gathers on-the-scene damage assessments via aerial imagery for better disaster recovery. Hack Week: a Palantir tradition Now in its fifth year, Hack Week is an annual tradition at Palantir. During Hack Week, all normal work on our products stop and ad-hoc teams compete to create prototypes of new features (or even whole [...]

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Palantir Hack Week 2012

Hack Week is a hallowed tradition at Palantir, a time when all scheduled work stops and our engineers spend a week exploring new ideas, playing with different technologies, and building something from the ground up. People from across the company form ad-hoc teams and scramble to complete projects in one week of frenzied coding. In the video above, we take a quick look at Hack Week 2012.

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Dinner with Peter Thiel and the Exploratorium: an Intern’s Saturday Night

Peter Thiel. Twenty-foot tornadoes to touch. Bite-sized PB&J macaroons. No, you’re not dreaming. You’re at Palantir Intern Night 2012. On July 14, interns from across the Bay Area experienced a one-of-a-kind evening at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Our intern class, along with friends from around the Valley, enjoyed dinner and an address from Thiel, [...]

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Our first-ever Intern Night Live

Just a week after the last group of summer interns arrived, we hosted their official welcome to the company at Intern Night Live. The event featured founder Stephen Cohen, who shared how his own experience as an intern at Clarium Capital led to the founding of Palantir. The event was like Palantir Night Live  —complete [...]

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Palantir Night Live: Nelson Dellis

How long would it take you to memorize an entire deck of cards, in order? One hour? Two hours? Three days? Would it be impossible? On a good day, memory champ Nelson Dellis can complete the task in just 35 seconds. Under pressure, his official recorded time is 63 seconds, which was fast enough to [...]

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Palantir Night Live: Daniel Pink

It is not often that Dan Pink is preaching to the choir, or that Palantir hosts a motivational speaker. However, these rare events aligned in a compelling Palantir Night Live featuring the best-selling author and motivational speaker, who shared his thoughts on motivation in the modern workplace.

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Palantir Night Live: Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark has not let the success of his website, Craigslist, go to his head. Nor is he tempted by its rank as one of the most visited websites in the US to host commercial advertisements, or by its 100 Million users to start charging for most of its basic classified services.

Yet, he affirms, “None of this is altruistic or noble. I am just doing what feels right.”

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Palantir Night Live: Stan Druckenmiller

During the first Palantir Night Live hosted at the Palantir New York office, legendary investor Stanley Druckenmiller sits down with Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale to talk about the Fed, the rise of China, and his forecast for even bigger economic downturn. Made legend for his experience as a hedge fund manager that posted 30 percent [...]

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Palantir Night Live: Michael Hurley

Michael Hurley knows what a suitcase filled with $2 Million feels like. But that’s not the only thing that makes the former CIA officer an expert in his field. Hurley’s 25 years of experience at the CIA, his service on the 9/11 Commission, and his role as a senior policymaker on the National Security Council [...]

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Palantir Night Live: Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. Sinek has written and commented for local and national press, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, NPR and BusinessWeek. Additionally, he serves on the board of advisors for First 30 Days and sweetriot and is a faculty member at Columbia [...]

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