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Jyri Engeström

Co-Founder and General Partner, Yes VC

Jyri Engeström is Co-Founder and General Partner at Yes VC, an early-stage venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Yes VC invests in the pre-seed and seed stages of companies set in motion by social movements. Jyri has invested in e.g. Superhuman, CryptoKitties, Lovevery, Public Goods, Iceye, Moves (acquired by Facebook), Applifier (acquired by Unity), Betabrand and others. As an entrepreneur Jyri has co-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 service acquired by Groupon. As an executive Jyri has run product teams. At Google he was the product manager responsible the Gmail mobile app, Mobile Calendar, and Google’s social networking efforts. At Groupon he was Director of Product Management on the executive team that started and grew Groupon’s point-of-sale and payments businesses. He was the Head of Product at Boosted, an electric vehicle company that created the Boosted Board electric skateboard, selected by Time Magazine as one of the best inventions of 2018. At Nokia, he was Sr. Product Manager of Internet Handhelds. He is co-founder of Sesat School, a micro-school in San Francisco; and serves on the board of the Rare Cancer Research Foundation. He also co-owns a café in Helsinki together with his partner Caterina Fake.