• Yang Ventures Founder Terrence Yang and Blockchain Capital Managing Partner Brock Pierce are two individuals who have been talkingpublicly for the past year about the need for Bitcoin and blockchain companies to focus on gaining actual users. Read more: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/why-venture-capitalists-are-flocking-to-blockchain-startups-cm625703#ixzz4A5feZJOw

    Angel Investor Seeking Startups Building Barriers to Entry

    Forbes 4/2016

     

    Re: educating founders & funders:

     

    "that’s not a large pool of people who have the skill and bandwidth and are willing to make it a priority; people like [Yang Ventures Founder] Terrence Yang [and others] are the sliver of a minority."

     

    nasdaq.com 5/2016

     

    "Yang Ventures Founder Terrence Yang [and others] have been talking publicly for the past year about the need for Bitcoin and blockchain companies to focus on gaining actual users."

     

     

    FOUNDER TESTIMONIALS

     

    "Terrence's honest, hard-headed advice and generous amounts of help have been invaluable"

     

    -- Larry Sanger, Founder CEO, Infobitt.com and Co-founder, Wikipedia

     

    "Terrence is an excellent advisor and investor"

    -- Andrew Lee, Co-founder and CEO of Purse.io

     

    Very funny Alyse!

    WHY US? ​

    What if Buffett was forced to invest in startups? 

     

    He'd pick startups on a path to building wide moats and achieving pricing power.

     

    That's what we're doing. 

     

    Reach out if you want to build a this kind of business: info@yangventures.com

     

    https://medium.com/@yangterrence/when-growth-is-a-bullshit-metric-6d2a9c28cdd#.oon62jwvo

  • Partial Portfolio

    Made tiny investments in the accredited investor equity crowd investing funds of Navdy, Popup Archive, Shippo, Wefunder and about 70 other startups (via single and multi-asset funds).

    ** Denotes funded by Eric Yuan. ++ Denotes funded by Ellen Ma via Zuma Ventures.

    AIRMULE.** Ship with people not boxes.

    Los Angeles

    AIRSHIP does food delivery.

    Singapore & Silicon Valley

    COIN HAKO, the Coinbase+ of Singapore.

    Singapore

     

    NEXT TRUCKING.++ Freight shipping made easy.

    Los Angeles

    P4RC. App games rewards layer.

    Los Angeles

    POPUP ARCHIVE makes sound searchable.

    Silicon Valley​

    PURSE.IO lets you shop on Amazon and other ecommerce sites and save up to 20%.

    Silicon Valley

    SHIPPO makes commerce shipping logistics cheap and easy.

     

    Silicon Valley

    WEFUNDER democratizes startup investing by bringing equity crowdinvesting to all eligible Americans.

    Silicon Valley

  • Startup Investment Team

    Terrence Yang

    Founding Partner

    Eldertech, Fintech, Lawtech

    San Francisco

    • Value investor, x-MD at $1B+ AUM asset manager deploying Buffett-style approach

    • Angel Investor (9 direct since 2013)

    • USC Bachelor of Science, Harvard Law

    • Co-founder of multiple failed startups; ex-startup COO

    • Quora Top Writer 2017

    • Published in Forbes, Business Insider, Apple News, Huffington Post, Medical Daily, Newsweek, Inc., Thought Catalog, Women 2.0

    • Ex-Wall Street officer who co-built several highly profitable innovative financial products used today

    Dr. Vivy Chao

    Partner

    Edtech, Non-Traditional Founders

    San Francisco

    • Founder, Yang Camp

    • Teaches entrepreneurship program @ Silicon Valley charter schools

    • Community Manager, YC startup & startup founded by creator of top 40 website

    • Education Pioneers Fellow @ LAUSD Common Core Technology Project

    • CEO of funded edtech startup

    • Assistant principal, STEM private school

    • Adjunct professor, Long Beach State

    • B.A., UCLA

    • M.Ed., USC

    • Ed.D., Argosy University

    Eric Yuan

    Venture Partner

    Fintech, eSports, Biotech, Eldertech

    Orange County

    • Help formulate Yang Ventures' blockchain investment thesis

    • Data Analyst - Hadoop, R, and SQL

    • Financial Regulatory Analytics

    • Ex-Hedge fund manager and Equity Prop Trader

    • FX and Crytpocurrency Trader

    • PIMCO Alumni

    • Co-owner, Bitcorati

    Nick Carabetta

    Principal

    Food & Beverage, Fitness

    Orange County

     

    Vishwas Hegde

    Venture Partner

    Software

    Silicon Valley

    • Analyze and recommend investments for Yang Ventures

    • Software Engineer

    • Serial Entrepreneur

    • Babson MBA

    Gracye Cheng

    Principal

    Ads, Enterprise, Lawtech

    Santa Monica

    • VP, Business Development and General Counsel, GoodRx

    • Source, analyze and recommend investments, including Pop Up Archive

    • Works with Silicon Valley startups on business strategy and marketing projects

    • Corporate lawyer

    • Harvard College, Harvard Law School

    Ellen Ma

    Venture Partner

    Fintech, China

    Santa Monica

    • Principal @ Zuma Partners, a venture fund in Los Angeles

    • Founder for Up Angels, a Wechat tech self-media

    • B.S. UCLA Mathematics/Economics

    • PlusYoou Alumni

    • Active in Chinese community in LA, S.V & East Coast

    Ali Jiwani

    Principal

    Fintech, On-Demand, Canada

    Toronto

    • Payments Analyst with Royal Bank of Canada

    • Ivey Business School

    • Previously started two companies with international clients

    • Founder, home-cooked food delivery startup

     

    Jessica McGlory

    Principal

    LGBTQ

    Los Angeles

    • Data and entertainment industry enthusiast
    • Founder of Forecastr, Nielsen for fandoms
    • Supporter of diverse founders/techies (particularly PoC and LGBT)
    • 3x Hackathon Finalist, including NBC Universal Best Hack
    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eqOa_R2St4

    Elizabeth Haynes Choi

    Investment Strategy Principal

    Retail, Financial Services, Health Care

    New York

    • Evolving Customer Service from cost center model to a marketing and CX engine one company at a time
    • Intrapreneur (disruptor and entrepreneur inside the F500)
    • Harvard College, BA, Applied Mathematics
    • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, MBA, Finance

    Ivy Xu

    Senior Associate

    VR, Fintech

    San Francisco

    • Two time founder - built one company from ground up to 1.1M in annual revenue and sold a health tech startup

    • Queen's School of Business graduate

    • International work experience in Warsaw, Poland and Beijing, China

    • Growth Analytics and Partnerships experience at Fintech companies: Vouch and Lending Club

    Ivy Xu

    Senior Associate

    Real Estate, Consumer

    Canada

    • Value investor, with a focus on the real estate sector;

    • Queen’s Commerce graduate;

    • Co-founder of 1 failed tech start-up, and a currently running not-for-profit start-up;

    • International work experience in Toronto, Vancouver, Suzhou and Hong Kong.

  • Startup Investment Focus

    Verticals We like undervalued vertical others ignore, underestimate or mock. Also non-hyped subverticals in fintech, insurtech, lawtech, eldertech, edtech.

     

    Stage Post-revenue. We will remove this when the current startup bubble implodes.

     

    Financing Terms. Preferred equity with pro rata and protections against cram down.

     

    Geographic Focus Silicon Valley, L.A./Orange County.

     

     

  • Contact

    Founders: If you are a post-team, post-launch startup, please email us something short addressing each of below (no links or attachments):

    • Product: What Are You Making? Why?
    • Mission: Why Does Your Startup Exist?
    • Need: What Unmet Need Are You Filling And For Whom?
    • Insight: What’s Changing In Your World That We Might Not Know About Or Underestimate?
    • Moat: What’s Defensible Or Will Be Defensible About Your Business?
    • Grit: Evidence Of Persistence?
    • Market: How Is The Market Size Bigger Than Almost All Investors Think?
    • Team: Each Key Team Member’s Biggest Accomplishment?