A child of South Korean immigrants, Peter Hong was born in Colorado and raised in Michigan. Growing up, Peter attended school during the day, and then came home to a rigorous curriculum in Korean culture and language, which was developed and taught by his parents.
While it was difficult for Peter to always appreciate his education in his Korean identity, that all changed when he was able to intern for the United States Embassy in Seoul at the age of seventeen. He quickly realized the value of his language skills and cultural knowledge, all while learning about the US from an entirely new vantage point. Witnessing the power of public service, Peter resolved to contribute to the US in any future endeavor.
As an undergraduate at Stanford, Peter took extended absences to intern at Google, the State Department, the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Each provided views into how interests in software and policy could manifest in public service. These experiences culminated in Peter’s joining Palantir Technologies as a software engineer, building products that serve organizations and their needs in data for decision making. He began developing software products that could help with everything from disaster response data sharing to approachable geospatial analysis tools.
Peter is currently pursuing an MBA at Harvard Business School, not to fundamentally shift, but to supplement, his motivation to build software contributing to society and public policy. He intends to continue experimenting with and developing software products for use in healthcare, citizen services, and academic research.