Cyan Banister

Cyan Banister is a partner at Founders Fund, where she invests across sectors and stages with a particular interest in heavily regulated industries, marketplaces, SaaS 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, EShares, Postmates and Affirm.

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 has a passion for the arts and is a voracious film, documentary and media consumer. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Zivity, and the Co-founder of Signal Media Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes and facilitates the accurate portrayal of science, technology, and history in popular media.

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Latest from Cyan Banister

  • TRON: Legacy – Does Kevin Flynn abide?

    In about 3 hours I’m heading over to a press event to interview some of the major cast and crew for the upcoming Disney release of TRON: Legacy. I was working on my list of questions to ask last night and realized that the TechCrunch community should really be asking them instead of me. Interviews take place from 12:30p – 4:30p (Pacific Time) and I’ll have my computer with me… Read More

  • Speaking Of… Rhymes and Medicine with ZDoggMD (TCTV)

    Speaking Of… Rhymes and Medicine with ZDoggMD (TCTV)

    Picture this: A hotel party thrown by Tony Hsieh of Zappos. A group of people, crowded around a laptop, laughing at a video of a doctor rapping and singing about ulcers. Suddenly one of the group starts rapping out loud to the video. Now people are laughing so hard that they are crying…. This is how I came to know ZDoggMD, a rare – and virtually undiscovered – talent that… Read More

  • Speaking Of… Hellraiser with Jen McCabe of (TCTV)

    Have you ever stopped to evaluate your life in terms of small decisions you made that impacted who you are and what you do? Decisions such as a left turn here, saying hello to a stranger, picking one place to eat over another? Ever wondered what life would be like if you went the other direction, ignored that new person or picked the sub place over the soup place? Simple decisions like these… Read More

  • Speaking Of … Competitiveness: with Pixar's Oren Jacob and his wife Justine (TCTV)

    Ever wonder what a Technical Director of Pixar does in his free time? Well, in the case of Oren Jacob, the answer is: things that begin with “competitive”. Not only has Oren – along with his wife Justine and filmmaker Alex De Silva – recently completed a film called ‘Ready, Set, Bag’ about competitive grocery bagging but he’s also a competitive gardener. Read More

  • Speaking of tattoos – Interview with Micah Baldwin, CEO & co-founder of (TCTV)

    When you get a good story, sometimes you just need to whip out your flip camera and hope for the best. Apologies for the lighting on this one, but Micah Baldwin’s interview was just too good to miss. (a really cool digital comic book community) is based in Boulder, Colorado, which is starting to get a reputation for its hotbed of startups. There are several interesting… Read More

  • "Stop being weak." An Interview with Angelo Sotira, CEO of (TCTV)

    This week’s episode of Speaking Of… is the CEO of deviantART. One of the greatest things about TechCrunch is that they celebrate and reward each writer’s own voice rather than forcing every writer to sing from the same hymn-sheet. They encourage differences of opinion. While deviantART isn’t Erick Schonfeld’s cup of tea, I’m definitely a huge fan. I have… Read More

  • Speaking Of . . . Batman. It Was "Built On My Bloody Knuckles" (TCTV)

    This week’s episode of Speaking Of… is with the originator of the modern Batman movies and creator of the Batman franchise, Michael Uslan. Michael Uslan’s story is the typical story of success. From the outside, it seems like an obvious win, but from the inside there was a long and painful struggle to get to the other side. It took Michael 10 years of pitching a dark and… Read More

  • Halcyon Molecular’s William Andregg: "The Only Way To Reach The Stars Is To Live Longer"

    This week’s episode of Speaking Of… (video below) features the founder/CEO of Halcyon Molecular, William Andregg. Andregg grew up in Arizona. There’s a song by The Orb called Little Fluffy Clouds that describes the light-pollution-free Arizonan sky quite perfectly, with amazing clouds, sunsets and stars. Most Arizonans – at some point in their lives – will lay on the… Read More

  • Brian Singerman: "If I Play Gandhi, This Shakespeare Stuff Is Done" [TechCrunch TV]

    This week’s episode of Speaking Of… (video below) features venture capitalist Brian Singerman from Founders Fund. Brian has a passion for all types of gaming, especially strategy board games. Games such as The Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride and Through the Ages are starting to penetrate the entrepreneurial world due to people like Singerman, Reid Hoffman and David Hornick. I… Read More