Alexandra Wolfe, Palantir director

Wall Street Journal reporter Alexandra Wolfe quit the newspaper on Tuesday following a Bloomberg report that she would join the board of directors at Palantir, a controversial data analytics startup founded by Peter Thiel.
Wolfe is one of three new board members, and the first-ever female director at the 17-year-old company, which has its eyes on a potential fall IPO.
California, where Palantir is headquartered, requires public companies to have at least one female director.
Wolfe is friends with Thiel, and wrote a book about his famous fellowship program, which pays students to drop out of college.

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Palantir, the secretive data-analytics company founded by tech billionaire and outspoken Trump-supporter Peter Thiel, is used to courting controversy on hot-button topics like surveillance and politics.

But the tech company’s newest addition to its board of directors has caused a stir in an unexpected realm: the media.

On Tuesday, Wall Street Journal reporter Alexandra Wolfe announced that she was joining Palantir’s board of directors, becoming the first woman to join the company’s board.

The news, which was first reported in a Bloomberg scoop, quickly spread across media circles and confounded observers, not least because journalists are typically not …read more

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