Yobie Benjamin is a Co-founder/COO, CTO, Advisor, Angel Investor, Entrepreneur, Conservation/Environmental Activist, Coder and Biohacker, recently honored as a 2015 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum (commonly known as the Davos Conference).
As Co-founder of Avegant, Yobie has advanced the development of a next generation wearable device - Avegant Glyph - The Smart Headphone and raised $1.5MM on Kickstarter and $9.4MM on Series A and A1. As an advisor for Skully, Yobie has raised $3.4MM via crowdfunding.
Yobie is currently a volunteer civilian advisor for NASA AMES Collaboration Labs and is a partner at Innovation Arts, a specialty innovation and technology consulting firm.
Previously, Yobie was Global Chief Technology Officer at Citigroup ICG/GTS and Chairman of GTS Research Development Innovation & Learning Centres at Citigroup | Institutional Clients Group / Global Transaction Services, with a focus on projects such as Citi Commerce Server, the backend to Google Wallet and Apple Pay.
He was the Founder & CEO and coder of a progressive e-commerce company, GoodStorm.com and now serves as GoodStorm Brand President and SVP of Business Development at Zazzle.com. Yobie is a Former Partner of Ernst & Yong LLP and former Chief Knowledge Officer and Director of Enterprise Security Services at Cambridge Technology Partners' Management Labs.
CNN Top 10 Technology Products of 2014 - Avegant Glyph and Skully Systems AR1 Helmets
2015 Technology Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum
Successful venture investor; innovator in the technology, retail and consumer products space; fintech; restaurateur; consumer product design; next generation KYC/AML and anti-fraud systems; software architect and engineer; writer; social activist
Synthetic biology, bioinformatics, games and game theory, all things food and wine, progressive politics, technology, music, social justice
Avegant, Skully, Nixie, Skyport, Zen Payroll, Steath IoT Security Company, Indie Bio, Wearable World, Wildlife Works