Bryan Johnson is the founder of Kernel, OS Fund, and Braintree.
Bryan founded Kernel in 2016 to dramatically increase our quality of life as healthy lifespans extend. Kernel is a human intelligence (HI) company developing the world’s first neuroprosthesis to mimic, repair, and improve cognition, starting with neurodegenerative diseases. He believes that HI is the key a thriving humanity.
In 2014, Bryan launched OS Fund with $100 million of his personal capital to support inventors and scientists who aim to benefit humanity by rewriting the operating systems of life. His investments include endeavors to cure age-related diseases and radically extend healthy human life to 100+ (Human Longevity), make biology a predictable programming language (Gingko Bioworks & Synthetic Genomics), replicate the human visual cortex using artificial intelligence (Vicarious), build advanced earth imaging (Planetary Resources), reinvent transportation using autonomous vehicles (Mattternet), and reimagine food using biology (Hampton Creek), among others.
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), a pilot and author of a children's book, Code 7.
Board & Advisor Roles (1)Update
Investor & Member of the Board of Directors
Dec 18, 2013
|Oct, 2016||Kernel Co.||$100M / Venture (Lead)||Personal Investment|
|May, 2016||Planetary Resources||$21M / Series A (Lead)||OS Fund|
|Jan, 2015||Sendbloom||$1.3M / Seed||Personal Investment|
|Dec, 2014||Hampton Creek||$90M / Series C||Personal Investment|
|Sep, 2014||TrueAccord||$5M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Mar, 2014||Vicarious||$40M / Series B||Personal Investment|
|Mar, 2014||Human Longevity||$80M / Series A||Personal Investment|
|Nov, 2013||MATTERNET||$3.5M / Seed||Personal Investment|
B.A., International Studies2003
|Oct 20, 2016||TechCrunch - Bryan Johnson invests $100 million in Kernel to unlock the power of the human brain|
|Aug 18, 2016||Sramana Mitra - 2016 IPO Prospects: Human Longevity Leverages Machine Learning and Analytics to Increase Lifespan|
|Aug 15, 2016||Washington Post - Putting a computer in your brain is no longer science fiction|
|Jun 8, 2016||Xconomy - Ginkgo Gulps $100M to Build Synthetic Food, Fragrance Business|
|May 27, 2016||Xconomy - Planetary Resources Raises $21M for Near-Term Market: Earth Observation|
|Apr 11, 2016||Chicago Tribue - Braintree founder turns his passion to futuristic ideas in science|
|Dec 10, 2015||MacRumors - Product Hunt App for iOS Updated With 'Popular' Feed, Podcast Player and Live Chats|
|Dec 3, 2015||Fortune - Why Silicon Valley Will Never Guarantee Success|