Joshua Kushner (born June 12, 1985) is an American businessman and investor. He is the founder and managing partner of the investment firm Thrive Capital, co-founder of Oscar Health, and the son of real estate magnate Charles Kushner. His brother is Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and senior advisor of U.S. President Donald Trump.
|Born||June 12, 1985|
Livingston, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Harvard University (AB, MBA)|
|Occupation||Owner of Thrive Capital|
Co-founder of Oscar Health
Principal director of Kushner Properties
|Relatives||Joseph Berkowitz (grandfather)|
Jared Kushner (brother)
Murray Kushner (uncle)
Ivanka Trump (sister-in-law)
During his sophomore year, Kushner was founding executive editor of Scene, a new Brooks Brothers-sponsored student-publication that aimed to be "Harvard's version of Vogue and Vanity Fair". According to The Harvard Crimson, Scene "faced blistering criticism upon its release", with students going so far as creating a "Scene Magazine is Bullshit" Facebook group criticizing it for its "completely ludicrous ... skewed portrayal of the Harvard community" and "lack of models who were minorities".
In the spring of his junior year, with two graduate students he pooled $10,000 to found social network Vostu, which aimed to "fill a void left by online communities in which English is the lingua franca", like Facebook. According to Kushner, Latin America was a promising market for a Facebook-alternative and new social networking site because "[it was] a place where Internet use is increasing every year, and technology is booming at a rapid pace".
The year after graduation, he also co-founded a start-up called Unithrive, with the cousin of the president of Kiva who was also a Harvard student. Unithrive was inspired by the peer-to-peer loan model of Kiva, but aimed to "ease the crisis in paying for college" by matching "alumni lenders to cash-strapped students ... who [could] post photographs and biographical information and request up to $2,000", interest-free for repayment within five years of graduation. After graduating from Harvard, he started his career in the Private Equity Group at Goldman Sachs, in the Merchant Banking Division, but left after a short stint.
He founded Thrive Capital in 2009, his private equity and venture capital firm that focuses on media and internet investments. Since its founding, Thrive has raised $750 million from institutional investors, including Princeton University. Thrive has raised several capital funds, including Thrive II, which raised $40 million in 2011, Thrive III, which raised $150 million in 2012, and Thrive IV, which raised $400 million in September 2014.
As an investor in Instagram, Kushner was the second largest investor in Instagram's Series B fundraising round. Valued at $500 million, Thrive soon doubled its money after Instagram was sold to Facebook.
Kushner is a co-founder of Oscar Health, a health insurance start-up. Founded in 2012, Oscar was valued at $2.7 billion in 2016. As of 2015, the company insured over 145,000 members across four states, and has been named to CNBC's Disruptor 50, Inc. Magazine's Most Innovative Start-Ups, and MM&M Top 40 Health Care Transformers.
In 2015, Kushner founded a new company called Cadre with his brother Jared and their friend Ryan Williams, with Williams as Cadre's CEO. Cadre is a technology platform designed to help certain types of client, such as family offices and endowments, invest in real estate.
As the brother of Donald Trump's senior advisor and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, Joshua stated through his spokesman that "he loved his brother and did not want to say anything that might embarrass him." Nevertheless, the spokesman also said that "Josh is a life-long Democrat and did not vote for Donald Trump in November", with their parents being Democratic donors until 2016.
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