Mr. Friedman is a socio-economic-political innovator. As founder and Executive Director of the Seasteading Institute, founded on April 15, 2008 with a half-million-dollar investment by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. The Institute's mission is to establish permanent, autonomous ocean communities to enable experimentation and innovation with diverse social, political, and legal systems. Prior to founding Seasteading, Patri worked at Google as a software engineer.