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#10 Luba Lesiva: Founder of investing in Palantir Alumni | Startup Project by Nataraj

In this Episode of Startup project, Nataraj talked to Luba Lesiva, Founder of

Every one has a different path to venture, and Luba also has a unique one. She has a background of working in different investment firms and has been an investor banker on Wall Street before joining Palantir as part of their investor relations team.

Seeing the Palantir talent leaving to start new companies, she realized she is at an intersection of talent and future startups and leveraged it to start Palumni vc is a syndicate which invests in Palantir alumni founders.

Full conversation on the podcast includes:

  • Origin story of
  • Investing in Palantir Alumni
  • Challenges & growth tactics in creating and growing an Alumni Syndicate 
  • Leveraging communities to create value


Startup Project podcast guests include Ali Moiz (Founder of, Kirby Winfield (, Eric Bahn (Hustle Fund), and many more.

Startup Project is hosted by Nataraj, you can follow him on twitter at @natarajsindam & on LinkedIn.


If you like this episode, you might also enjoy the conversation with web3 critique Liron, long time business journalist Todd Bishop or Angel Investor Sajid Rahman.