Josh Wolfe

Josh Wolfe

Formal First Name

Josh Wolfe is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Lux Capital, a venture capital firm that makes long-term bets on contrarians and outsiders. He co-launched Lux Capital to support scientists and entrepreneurs who pursue counter-conventional solutions to the most vexing puzzles of our time in order to lead us into a brighter future. He also serves as a columnist with Forbes and Editor for the Forbes/Wolfe Emerging Tech Report. Wolfe is a venture investor and entrepreneur who specializes in investment in advanced material science, nanotechnology, and emerging technologies. He is a Westinghouse semi-finalist and published scientist, and has been invited to The White House and Capitol Hill to advise on nanotechnology and emerging technologies. He has also served as a lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Yale University, Cornell University, and Columbia University. Previously, Wolfe worked in investment banking at Salomon Smith Barney and in capital markets at Merrill Lynch

Professional Experience

Academic History



  • Wolfe is a Director at Shapeways, Strateos, Lux Research, Kallyope, CTRL-labs, Variant, and Varda, and helped lead the firm’s investments in Anduril, Planet, Echodyne, Clarifai, Authorea, Resilience and Hadrian.

  • He is a founding investor and board member with Bill Gates in Kymeta, making cutting-edge antennas for high-speed global satellite and space communications.

  • In 2008, he co-founded and funded Kurion, a contrarian bet in the unlikely business of using advanced robotics and state-of-the-art engineering and chemistry to clean up nuclear waste. 

  • The company was among the first responders to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. In February 2016, Veolia acquired Kurion for nearly $400 million—34 times Lux’s total investment.

  • Wolfe has been called a Renaissance man by such individuals as Carlyle Group co-founder Bill Conway, Lux’s first outside investor, and acquaintances like Herb Greenberg, the former CNBC journalist who is now a senior editor at Empire Financial Research.