It’s been a short, unusual journey for Palmer Luckey, the founding father of Oculus VR, the virtual reality store that Fb acquired in 2014 for $2 billion. With a deal like that, 24-year-old Luckey appeared like a star member of the following technology of younger tech startup founders alongside Snap CEO Evan Spiegel, 27, and maybe Patrick and John Collison, 28 and 26 respectively, the Irish brothers behind the San Francisco payments company Stripe.
(You understand the tech business strikes shortly when Fb CEO Mark Zuckerberg, 33, is the institution.)
However Luckey’s fall from grace was swift. On the finish of final yr he was revealed to have donated closely to the then-unlikely presidential marketing campaign of Donald Trump (in addition to organizations spreading anti-Hillary Clinton Web memes), hobbies that stood in sharp distinction to most of his Silicon Valley friends. Earlier this yr he unceremoniously left the company, only to later find himself in a courtroom defending his former firm’s mental property.
A New York Times report revealed Sunday exhibits that Luckey has been busy certainly. The entrepreneur has a brand new firm in development, one that’s “developing surveillance technology that could be deployed on borders between countries and around military bases,” in line with the Occasions. The corporate is just not but public—the Occasions faucets nameless sources for the in any other case confidential data—however Luckey confirmed that it exists. “We need a new kind of defense company, one that will save taxpayer dollars while creating superior technology to keep our troops and citizens safer,” he informed the Occasions in a press release.
What the corporate will truly create and promote stays elusive, however the Occasions notes that the funding fund run by PayPal co-founder, Trump darling, and erstwhile media industry opponent Peter Thiel “planned to support the effort.”
“Some people want founders to keep their politics private and away from their business, others think they should do everything out in the open in a vocal way,” Luckey wrote final month in a Reddit comment on an article about Steve Wozniak. “You can’t make everyone happy.”
This story initially appeared on Fortune.com. Copyright 2017