Yobie Benjamin

Venture Investor at 4iNNO

Yobie Benjamin is a successful venture investor and innovator in the financial technology, banking, Internet and consumer products space. In recognition of his technology achievements in virtual reality, the World Economic Forum named him as a 2015 Technology Pioneer.

Yobie is currently the CTO Emiritus of Token.io the leading solution for the ECB/EU-mandated PSD2 compliance and bank-to-bank payments. Token.io provides software to banks that enables them to issue a new payment type designed specifically for use in the digital era. Yobie is also a member of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Faster Payments Task Force.

Previously, Yobie was Global Chief Technology Officer for Citibank Institutional Clients Group/Global Transaction Services. He was also Chairman of Citi’s Research Development Innovation & Learning Center. For many years, Mr. Benjamin was a Partner and Chief of Global Strategy at Ernst & Young, LLP.

He is also senior advisor and mentor to several startups in the technology and synthetic biology space — AstroDigital.com (satellites and space imagery, satellite communications), CambrianInnovation.com (clean water and clean power), Stilla (wearables), WildlifeWorks.com (forest and wildlife conservation/carbon credits), WearableWorld (IoT accelerator), Moni.com (payments/FinTech), Filld.com (fuel and energy delivery) and IndieBio (synthetic biology accelerator).

He was a co-founder of Avegant, where he led the software development of the next generation of virtual reality and augmented/mixed reality devices (winner of a 2014 CNN Top 10 Technology Products award for the Avegant Glyph and Skully Systems AR1 Helmet).

Mr. Benjamin has also served as Managing Director/Partner at Computer Sciences Corporation. He was former chair for a civilian volunteer group NASA AMES Collaboration Labs.

He is currently writing a book, “Tribes of the Valley” chronicling the different power tribes and groups in Silicon Valley. It is due for publication in Q3 of 2018.