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BlueYard Capital is a small venture capital firm that takes risks on great people with transforming ideas at early stages.
We back founders that decentralized markets, empower users and liberate data. But we keep an open mind.
We work very hard alongside our founders because we believe venture capital is a product for entrepreneurs.
BlueYard is based in Berlin, invests across Europe and is closely tied to the US.
Jason Whitmire, Co-founder and General Partner
Jason is the Co-founder at BlueYard Capital, lucky and inspired to be able to work with and help founders every day. Invested at early stage in decentralized web (BigChainDB.com, OB1/OpenBazaar.org, Protocol Labs/IPFS, Userfeeds.io), open source enterprise & data (e.g. Carto.com, Rapidminer.com, Seerene.com, Socialbakers.com, Spaceknow.com), next generation designer & developer infrastructure (Deepstream.io, Greta.io, StdLib.com, Vectary.com) as well as selected consumer networks and platforms (e.g. EyeEm.com, Peak Games.net, Wunderlist.com)
Chad Fowler, Venture Partner
Chad Fowler is an internationally known software developer, trainer, manager, speaker, and musician. Over the past decade, he has worked with some of the world’s largest companies and most admired software developers. He loves to program computers and, as part of his role as CTO of InfoEther, Inc., spends much of his time solving hard problems for customers in the Ruby language.
He is co-organizer of RubyConf and RailsConf and author or co-author of a number of popular software books, including “The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development” and the upcoming “Rails 3 Recipes”.
Philipp Banhardt, Investment Team
Ciarán O’Leary, General Partner
Ciarán O’Leary is a co-founder of BlueYard Capital, a $120m early stage fund based in Berlin that invests in founders decentralizing markets, empowering users and liberating data. Ciarán’s investments include Wunderlist, Carto, BigchainDB, Vectary, deepstream and others from Palo Alto to Bratislava. Prior to founding BlueYard, Ciarán set-up Earlybird Venture Capital’s Berlin office as a partner and before that was at The Carlyle Group.
Jillian Schwiep, Investment Team