Shyam Sankar's parents brought him to the US as a small child to escape the violence and corruption they witnessed firsthand in Nigeria, and to pursue a better life. Growing up, Shyam discovered an early love of software, leading to stints as a developer, startup founder, and executive at Xoom, a payments company serving the developing world.
While each of these experiences imparted knowledge, it was Shyam's family's journey - from upheaval, through several entrepreneurial failures, to establishing firmer footing - that most profoundly shaped his aspirations. Shyam joined Palantir in 2006 as the first business hire. Today, as President at Palantir, he oversees all customer engagements, product strategy, and day-to-day operations worldwide