Partner & Co-Founder
Doug Philippone co-founded Snowpoint Ventures, a venture capital firm dedicated to bringing the best technological talent to help our nation’s defense and broader government function, in 2021. Doug has also served as the head of Global Defense at Palantir Technologies since 2008. Doug both started and successfully grew the defense business to where it now supports over 19 different allied countries. Doug has led every part of the Software Platform business. He led design and innovation teams to invent and field new technology across a variety of sectors. Most impactful in the world of Big Data, was the invention of Nexus Peering, which provides a unified view of data for an organization, synchronized across geographic boundaries and multiple networks that are often disconnected, intermittent, or low bandwidth. Doug’s leadership has been critical to not only innovating at the cutting edge of the hardest problems, but also leading the teams through successful fielding of the Palantir Platform in the world’s harshest environments.
Prior to his civilian life, Doug served in the US Army for 18 years from 1991 to 2008 (Enlisted, West Point Cadet and Officer). During his time in the US Army, he deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan for a total of 6 deployments from 2003-2007. He commanded multiple Joint Special Operations Command outstations in support of the global war on terror. Doug ran the foreign fighter campaign on the Syrian border in 2005 to stop the flow of suicide bombers into Baghdad and helped to ensure a successful Iraqi election. Doug was awarded three bronze stars with two valor awards, the joint commendation medal with valor award, as well as many other commendations for his service to the nation.
Doug earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1997, where he also served as class president for two years, received his Master’s Degree in Terrorism Operations and Finance from the Naval Post Graduate School in 2008 and studied Machine Learning at MIT. He is also a published author on terrorism finance. Doug was medically retired from active duty in 2008 and continued his lifetime of service to the nation by serving for three years on the board of directors for the 3/75 Ranger Assistance Foundation, a charity dedicated to helping Rangers and their families when great Americans are injured in the line of duty. In his personal time, Doug is a State Champion competitive cyclist.