YGC

 

 
 

Making blockchain work.

 
 

 

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We believe enterprise adoption will drive massive blockchain use.

For this to occur, a new class of ventures needs to be built leveraging public protocols and fueled by enterprise transaction volume.


 Mission

YGC is a private equity firm that invests in and develops industry specific blockchain applications tied to pre-identified enterprise needs, that leverage public blockchain technology while removing the need to manage tokens.


The Team

 
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David Johnston

David Johnston is a serial tech entrepreneur and early contributor to the blockchain ecosystem since 2012. In May of 2013 he co-founded the first angel investment group in crypto, BitAngels, and in August of that year served as a Foundation board member to the first ever token sale - Mastercoin. In December of 2013 he authored “The General Theory of Decentralized Applications,” which defined the "DApp" term for the industry.

The following year, David co-founded the first crypto venture fund, the DApps Fund. Today he serves as Chairman of Factom, Board Member of Polymath, Board Member of Silicon Valley Blockchain Society, and Managing Director of Yeoman's Capital - the first family office to invest exclusively in early stage blockchain projects.

 
 
 
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Gavin Gillas

Gavin is a former Intellectual Property attorney who has negotiated over 200 technology commercialization deals for clients including Microsoft, HP, Intel, Visa, IBM, Adobe, MIT, Samsung, Walmart, Viacom, PwC, and Honeywell.  

He also founded and sold an Intel Capital-backed software company to RR Donnelly in 2016. Gavin serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Texas business school, and mentors for Techstars, Galvanize, and DivInc. At YGC, he works with enterprise transformation leaders to aid their tech adoption of blockchain.

 
 
 
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Henry Liu

Henry was part of a small team at Facebook managing direct-to-consumer, venture-backed, growth stage brands in North America. He advised founders and CMOs on growth, managed $150M in ad spend and converted over $450M to product sales. 



Henry started his career at Liberty Mutual Asset Management’s international fixed-income team managing $13B in global bonds. He is fluent in Japanese, Chinese, and English, and leads our growth efforts globally, particularly in Asia, which is the fastest growing market for blockchain.

 
 
 
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Mark Thorsen

Prior to leading operations for YGC, Mark led due diligence on new startup investments for the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN). During his four years there, he reviewed over 1,000 startup proposals, worked with over 200 accredited investors, helping CTAN become the most active single-chapter angel investment network in the country (2015 & 2016). 

Mark started his career on the trading desks of HSBC and State Street before moving into early-stage investing and emerging tech leadership.

 
 

Respected by blockchain entrepreneurs

 
 
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Jonathan Mohan

Founding Team of Ethereum, Co-Founder of Layer 2 Labs

“In the 6 years that I have been in blockchain, I have found very few people whose integrity, dependability, and alignment in the belief of the decentralized economy I trust more than David Johnston’s. What he has assembled in YGC exemplifies those attributes.”

 
 
 
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Trevor Koverko

CEO of Polymath

“David and YGC are a special type of friend and advisor. They are a rare combination of technical smarts and business connections that are second to none. They are dedicated to their friends and portfolio companies, and are a 10/10 in every category.”

 
 
 
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Vinny Lingham

CEO of Civic, Founder of Gyft

“David is a driving force in blockchain technology, with an uncanny ability to predict its direction and galvanize support for key projects that enable the industry to advance.”

 

Recognized by institutions

 
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E. David Ellington

Former Chairman, $18 Billion San Francisco Retirement Board (SFERS)

“If anyone is positioned to drive enterprise adoption of blockchain, it’s the team at YGC. Their extensive knowledge base and personal relationships with the top players in this space is unparalleled.”

 
 
 
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Matthew Roszak

Managing Partner of Tally Capital, Chairman of Chamber of Digital Commerce

“David has been a pioneer in building and investing in some of the most successful tokenized networks — his strategic compass for this industry is one to emulate and learn from.”

 

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