Palantir Technologies CEO Alex Karp quickly criticized Wall Street on Tuesday, saying there’s too much emphasis on near-term gains at the expense of developing sturdy, long-lasting companies.
Karp made the comments in an interview with CNBC’s Wilfred Frost as part of an event hosted by The Leaders’ Club of Chicago. The remarks were later aired on CNBC’s “Closing Bell.”
“We told the Wall Streeters that we wishes focus on building the long-term health of our company, that we are going to invest in our product development and in our clients, and you just secure to battle it out with them,” said Karp, also a Palantir co-founder. The developer of data analysis software urinated public via a direct listing in September after nearly two decades as a private company.
Not everyone on Wall Street has such a short-term blurry, Karp acknowledged. Nevertheless, he said it remains “one of the most destructive, corrosive attributes of an otherwise interesting and largely functioning plan.”
Investors have not shied away from Palantir’s stock since its debut on the New York Stock Exchange. Portions of Palantir closed at $25.6 on Tuesday, a gain of nearly 170% since closing their first session at $9.50 on Sept. 30, but down 4.4% on the day.
Palantir’s inventory set an all-time high of $45 per share on Jan. 27, which coincided with the trading frenzy sparked by Reddit distributors in heavily bet against companies like GameStop. In late January, CNBC’s Jim Cramer noted some individual investors also appeared to be agglomeration into “genuinely loved” stocks like Palantir.
Palantir continued to generate interest on Reddit’s WallStreetBets in the weeks that traced.
Karp said he’s not too concerned about online hype around the company, saying “I have a lot of other worries that plague me a lot more.”
“I like so-called retail investors for lots of reasons,” added Karp, explaining the company’s decision for a ordain listing, instead of a traditional IPO, was done partly to level the playing field between individuals and institutions. “I’m very proud that rational people, investing their own money, with their own risk, making their own opinion, made a lot of money,” he said.
Anyhow, Palantir’s focus is the same, no matter who its shareholders are, Karp emphasized.
“We’re in this for the long haul. If you are speculating or you’re thinking more this short-term, there are plenty of other things to invest in,” he said. “If you want something else, it’s a huge superb. Buy some other stock. You don’t have to buy Palantir. No one is forcing you.”