Jyri Engeström


I am Co-Founder and General Partner at Yes VC, an early-stage venture capital firm based in San Francisco. We invest in the pre-seed and seed stages of companies set in motion by social movements.

In my previous role at True Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm, I invested in e.g. Iceye, building a constellation of radar satellites to track climate change. As an angel investor I’ve invested in Moves (acquired by Facebook), Applifier (acquired by Unity), Betabrand, Oura and others.

As entrepreneur I have founded, grown, and negotiated the acquisition of two mobile consumer companies: Jaiku, a mobile social network acquired by Google; and Ditto, a mobile local recommendations app acquired by Groupon.

As an executive I have run product teams. At Google I was the product manager responsible the Gmail mobile app, Mobile Calendar, and Google’s social networking efforts. At Groupon I was Director of Product Management on the executive team that started and grew Groupon’s point-of-sale and payments businesses. I was the Head of Product at Boosted, an electric vehicle company that created the Boosted Board electric skateboard. At Nokia, I was Sr. Product Manager of Internet Handhelds.

I am co-founder of Sesat School, a micro-school in San Francisco; and serve on the board of the Rare Cancer Research Foundation. I also co-own a café in Helsinki.

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