Palantir Technologies Inc. Chief Executive Alex Karp plans to attend President-elect Donald Trump’s meeting with tech executives on Wednesday in New York, a Palantir spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Karp’s appearance is notable because billionaire investor Peter Thiel, who helped orchestrate the meeting as one of Trump’s advisers, is also a co-founder of Palantir and an investor in the company via his venture-capital firm, Founders Fund. The data-mining software company counts many federal agencies as customers.
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The meeting will mostly be attended by executives from the largest public technology companies, such as Apple Inc. AAPL, +1.67% and Alphabet Inc. GOOG, +0.87% GOOGL, +0.92% Karp and Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors Inc. TSLA, +2.97% and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., are the only executives expected to attend who represent smaller private companies.
Founders Fund backs SpaceX, and Thiel also sits on the board of Facebook Inc. FB, +2.16% , which will attend as well. Thiel’s spokesman declined to comment on any potential conflicts involving these companies or whether Thiel signed the transition team’s ethics agreement that forbids officials from working on matters intersecting their financial interests.
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