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Gideon Yu


Mr. Gideon Yu is a Co-Founding Member & serves as Senior Advisor of Formation 8. Mr. Gideon Yu is a Co-Founder of Bowers & Wilkins (formerly EVA Automation) and serves as Co-Executive Chairman. He is also an Angel Investor. Most recently, Gideon was President and still remains co-owner of the San Francisco 49ers. He was the first President of color of any team in the history of the National Football League. Gideon led the financing and building of Levi's Stadium, which included the largest stadium construction loan in the history of professional sports and the largest long-term stadium financing in NFL history. During his operating tenure with the 49ers, the team went to three consecutive NFC championship games and played in Super Bowl XLVII. Previously, Gideon was the Chief Financial Officer of both Facebook and YouTube, the first two Internet companies to achieve one billion active users. At YouTube, he negotiated its $1.65 billion sale to Google amidst a highly competitive auction for the company. At Facebook, he led the $375 million investment round from Microsoft and Hong-Kong billionaire Li Ka Shing at a then record setting $15 billion valuation. Gideon was also a General Partner at Khosla Ventures, where he led the firm's founding investment in mobile payments company, Square, founded by Jack Dorsey (founder of Twitter) and was the company's first outside board member. Gideon was also Treasurer and SVP of Finance at Yahoo, where he executed over 30 acquisitions / investments, including Alibaba, Overture, and Flickr. Gideon has also held positions at Disney and Hilton. Gideon was previously named to the "Executive Dream Team, Startup Edition" by Fortune Magazine, and listed among the "Names You Need To Know" by Forbes Magazine. Gideon serves on the board of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and is active in the Navy SEAL Foundation. Gideon received his MBA from Harvard and BS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford. He serves as Founding Member and Senior Advisor at Formation 8. He is also the Co-Owner at The San Francisco 49ers.

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

Gideon Yu Investments (10)

Company Name Deal Date Deal Type Deal Size Industry Company Stage Lead Partner
honestbee 20-Oct-2015 Early Stage VC 0000 Food Products Generating Revenue 000000 00
000000.000 23-Dec-2014 00000 00000 0000 Social/Platform Software Generating Revenue 000000 00
0000000 01-Jan-2014 0000 00000 00.00 Brokerage Generating Revenue 000000 00
000000 0000 21-Oct-2013 0000 00000 00.00 Application Software Startup 000000 00
0000000 01-Aug-2010 0000 00000 Social/Platform Software Startup 000000 00
00000000 23-Jul-2010 00000 00000 00.000 Media and Information Services (B2B) Bankruptcy: Liquidation 000000 00
00000000 30-Mar-2009 00000 00000 00.000 Application Software Generating Revenue 000000 00
00000000 16-Mar-2009 00000 00000 000 Database Software Generating Revenue/Not Profitable 000000 00
Vobile 01-Nov-2007 Early Stage VC 0000 Vertical Market Software Generating Revenue/Not Profitable 000000 00
SayMore Angel (individual) Communication Software Out of Business 000000 00
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Gideon Yu Exits (7)

Company Name Exit Date Exit Type Exit Size Status Buyers
Vobile 04-Jan-2018 IPO 00000 Completed
00000000 28-Apr-2017 000 00000 Completed
00000000 01-Sep-2016 0000000000: 000000 Completed
0000000 01-Jul-2016 000 00 00000000 Completed
00000000 05-Sep-2014 000000000000000000 Completed
  • 00000
Hitpost 01-Oct-2013 Merger/Acquisition Completed
Sparks Labs Merger/Acquisition Completed
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Gideon Yu Team (1)

Name Title Deals Funds Boards Office Contact
Gideon Yu Angel Investor 00 0 0 San Francisco, CA