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Jyri Engestrom


Dr. Jyri Engestrom is a Co-Founder and serves as the General Partner at Yes VC. Dr. Engestrom served as Advisor at True Ventures. Mr. Engestrom is also a Co-Founder at Yes VC. He was a Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Jaiku, which grew into the leading European mobile social network and pioneered the sharing of location information, status updates and activity streams on smartphones. Prior to Jaiku, Jyri worked at Nokia, and holds patents in remote content delivery, content prioritization and RF-tag-reading capabilities in mobile devices. A sociologist by training, Jyri coined the term "social object" to refer to photos, links and other shareable Web content. After Google acquired Jaiku in 2007, Jyri was responsible for mobile applications and Google's efforts to become a social destination on the Web and mobile. He left Google to found, a mobile local recommendations business, which was acquired by Groupon in 2012. At Groupon, Jyri served as the Director of Product Management responsible for Breadcrumb by Groupon, an iPad point-of-sale system that replaces traditional cash registers at restaurants and other local businesses. Born in Helsinki, Finland, Jyri graduated with a Master's degree in Social Science from the University of Helsinki in 2002 and pursued Ph.D. studies at Lancaster University Management School in the UK. He is the Co-Founder of Drone Games, a programming competition advancing the ethical use of autonomous flying drones, and Sesat School, a micro-school in San Francisco. He serves on the board of the Rare Cancer Research Foundation.

Investor Status
Actively Seeking New Investments
Year Founded
Primary Investor Type
Angel (individual)
Primary Office
  • San Francisco, CA
  • United States

+1 (650) 000-0000

Jyri Engestrom Investments (6)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
Gyroscope (Social/Platform Software) 12-Feb-2015 Early Stage VC 00000 Social/Platform Software Profitable 0000 000000000 00.0
000000000 01-Apr-2014 00000 00000 Multimedia and Design Software Generating Revenue 0000 000000000 00.0
0000000000 07-May-2012 00000 (00000 Social/Platform Software Bankruptcy: Liquidation 0000 000000000 00.0
000000000 08-Nov-2011 0000 00000 000 Multimedia and Design Software Startup 0000 000000000 00.0
Valkee 15-Dec-2010 Early Stage VC 00000 Therapeutic Devices Generating Revenue 0000 000000000 00.0
Sofanatics 12-Jul-2010 Seed Round Social/Platform Software Bankruptcy: Liquidation 0000 000000000 00.0
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Jyri Engestrom Exits (2)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size Status Buyers
Tinkercad 01-Jun-2013 Merger/Acquisition Completed
0000000000 07-Sep-2012 0000000000: 000000 Completed
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Jyri Engestrom Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office Contact
Jyri Engestrom Ph.D Angel Investor 0 San Francisco, CA