"To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self...and to venture in the highest sense is precisely to become conscious of one’s self."
- Søren Kierkegaard
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Bryan Johnson is the founder of Kernel, OS Fund, and Braintree.
He founded Kernel in 2016, investing $100M of his personal capital, to build the world's first neuroprosthesis to enhance human intelligence (HI). Johnson believes that the combination of human and artificial intelligence (HI + AI) will define humanity’s future.
In 2014, Bryan invested $100M to start OS Fund to support inventors and scientists who aim to benefit humanity by rewriting the operating systems of life. His OS Fund investments include endeavors to cure age-related diseases and radically extend healthy human life to 100+, make biology a predictable programming language, digitize analog businesses, replicate the human visual cortex using artificial intelligence, expand humanity’s access to resources, reinvent transportation using autonomous vehicles, and reimagine food using biology, among others. (see investments below)
In 2007, Bryan founded Braintree, an online and mobile payments provider. In 2012, Braintree acquired Venmo. Bryan and his team worked tirelessly to build an exceptional company—one that they loved, and one that was worthy of frequent love letters from its customers. In 2013, Braintree was acquired by PayPal for $800M.
Bryan is an outdoor-adventure enthusiast (mountains, volcanoes, arctic dog sledding), pilot and author of a children's book, Code 7.
Today I’m announcing a $100M commitment to Kernel in an effort to enhance human intelligence and reimagine our future. Unlocking our brain is the most significant and consequential opportunity in history — and it’s time sensitive.
Why now? Because the sooner we begin co-evolving human and machine intelligence, the better. The relationship between human intelligence and artificial intelligence (HI + AI) will necessarily be one of symbiosis.
The challenge and potential of exploring this co-evolutionary future is the biggest story of the next century and one in which a closeness in development velocity is a necessity. In order for that to happen, we need to begin working on HI in earnest.
In October 2014, I launched the OS Fund—$100 million to invest in entrepreneurs and scientists who are working on quantum-leap discoveries that promise to rewrite the operating systems of life.
In the same way that a computer has an operating system at its core — dictating the way it works and serving as a foundation upon which all applications are built — everything in life has an operating system.
OS Fund companies are developing new solutions to fundamental problems and improving the lives of billions of people around the world for generations to come.
The next best thing to being an entrepreneur is working with founders and helping them achieve their audacious dreams.