Justin Yoshimura is an entrepreneur and angel investor. He is currently the founder and CEO of 500friends, a provider of SaaS loyalty marketing solutions backed by $12M+ from Crosslink Capital, Intel Capital, Silicon Valley Bank, and YCombinator. He is also the founder and General Partner of Retail Growth Fund, which takes active roles in growing innovative e-commerce companies. Their investments include Ice.com (majority ownership), Wireless Emporium (Series A), Homejoy (seed), Hipmunk (seed), BoostCTR (seed), Bounce Exchange (seed), Dropoff (seed), First Opinion (seed, former member of the BOD).
Prior to 500friends, he dropped out of high school to found two e-commerce companies, both of which were acquired. Besides entrepreneurship, Justin is passionate about animals, especially dogs, persian/exotic cats, dolphins, and sea turtles. He was recently named to Forbes' 30 under 30 list.
- 03/14/12 -techcrunch.com
- 06/03/11 -techcrunch.com