Bryan Johnson, '07 (XP-76)
Kernel, OS Fund and Braintree
In 2016, Bryan announced that he was investing $100M into his new company, Kernel, to build advanced neural interfaces to treat disease and dysfunction, illuminate the mechanisms of intelligence, and extend cognition. Kernel is on a mission to dramatically increase our quality of life as healthy lifespans extend. He believes that the future of humanity will be defined by the combination of human and artificial intelligence (HI +AI).
In 2014, Bryan invested $100M to launch OS Fund, a venture capital fund that invests in entrepreneurs and companies that develop breakthrough discoveries in deep tech - the intersection of science and technology - to address our most pressing global issues. After a successful OS Fund I, in August 2018 Bryan launched OSF II and is raising $250M. According to PitchBook, OS Fund’s investments were among the top 10% U.S. funds in performance. OS Fund is the next generation of impact investing -- supporting and delivering on revolutionary innovations that profoundly impact the operating system of life. OS Fund invests in entrepreneurs using applied intelligence to commercialize breakthrough discoveries in genomics, synthetic biology, diagnostics, new materials, data and energy, which creates market ready solutions to the growing threats we face in public health, natural resources, and global infrastructure.
Prior to Kernel and the OS Fund, Bryan founded Braintree in 2007, which was acquired in 2013 by PayPal for $800M.
Bryan is an outdoor-adventure enthusiast, pilot, and author of a children’s book, Code 7.