Over the years we have developed a strong conviction around how entrepreneurs are using technology to change our markets and societies — and what we enjoy investing in. So BlueYard is a thesis driven firm; and this is what we are thinking about most as we get started:

The decentralisation of markets: entrepreneurs will continue to build networks and platforms on the web (and hopefully blockchain based) that enable individuals and organisations to transact directly amongst each other, while reducing the power of gatekeepers and in other cases creating entirely new markets. We are also excited about entrepreneurs opening up markets to the uncredentialed.

Our vision for the web is that it becomes more decentralised, immutable and permanent. We want to support entrepreneurs upgrading the internet.

The empowerment of users: entrepreneurs have long been democratising technology; that, in turn is democratising capabilities, empowering users and organisations to do things they couldn’t before, or do them a lot better, cheaper and faster. Over time these enabling technologies can evolve into meaningful platforms and / or networks. Even though a lot of empowerment has happened through desktop and mobile internet, we think we are just getting started.

The liberation of data: entrepreneurs can make data more free, usable, portable and positively influence the balance of power over data. We think a lot of interesting things will happen at the intersection of control, value and meaning from data for both individuals and organisations.

So we are trying not to think of the world too much in terms of specific sectors — but rather what the macro level economic and social changes are that technology is driving. There are a few other things we are excited about and we’ll make sure to keep an open mind. And of course we are most excited about the opportunity to work with entrepreneurs every day. This is why we get out of bed in the morning and don’t mind chewing through a topic on 2am on a Saturday morning.

At its core BlueYard is a product for entrepreneurs, everything follows from that. That is our guiding principle.