Cyan Banister

Cyan Banister

Cyan Banister Contributor Cyan Banister is a partner at Founders Fund, where she invests across sectors and stages with a particular interest in augmented reality, fertility, heavily regulated industries and businesses that help people with basic skills find meaningful work. More posts by this contributor Penn Jillette Turns To FundAnything To Become A Bad Guy Despite Flaws, Ashton As Jobs Is Worth Seeing Alex Hertel Contributor Share on Twitter Alex Hertel is the co-founder of Xperiel.

Banister is a partner at Founders Fund, where she invests across sectors and stages with a particular interest in augmented reality, fertility, heavily regulated industries and businesses that help people with basic skills find meaningful work. Prior to joining Founders Fund, Cyan was an active angel investor with a portfolio including Uber, Thumbtack, SpaceX, Postmates, EShares, Affirm and Niantic, creator of Pokémon GO. A self-taught engineer and entrepreneur, Cyan has held a number of technical leadership positions throughout her career. As an early employee at IronPort, which was acquired by Cisco, Cyan oversaw support infrastructure and performance for a global customer base. Cyan is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Zivity. She has a passion for the arts and is a voracious film, documentary and media consumer.

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We love augmented reality, but let’s fix things that could become big problems

Cyan Banister Contributor Cyan Banister is a partner at Founders Fund, where she invests across sectors and stages with a particular interest in augmented reality, fertility, heavily regulated industr

Penn Jillette Turns To FundAnything To Become A Bad Guy

Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller fame is about as nice as they come. And he's super sick of it. So he wrote a movie called "Director's Cut" in which he will no longer be the hero. His role is so ba

Despite Flaws, Ashton As Jobs Is Worth Seeing

When Ashton Kutcher was first tapped to play Steve Jobs in the movie Jobs, which opened in theaters today, I was nervous. Mostly for Ashton. In addition to being a friend, I'm also Ashton's fan, an

You May Take Away My Freedom, But I’ll Always Have My Crunchie!

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The Gift Of Online Privacy

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Mike Maples Gets On Board Blueseed’s Sea Platform

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What’s Big, Blue, Hopes To Save Our Planet And Is Not Facebook?

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The Real Pirates Of Silicon Valley?

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