Michael Yang is a founder and Managing Director of DEV and a senior venture/funds formation attorney at a top law firm based in NYC. Mr. Yang graduated with a JD and an MBA from Northwestern University, an MS degree in Software Engineering and Database Design from Depaul University and a BS degree from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Yang was previously a venture capitalist for Divine Interventures and Sandbox Industries both based in Chicago. Divine Interventures was a publicly traded venture accelerator that invested in over 53 companies and went public on NASDAQ in mid-2000 under the stock symbol DVIN having raised more than $391 million (including private placements from Microsoft, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Level 3 and CMGI). Sandbox is a new business incubator and early-stage venture capital firm located in Chicago founded by former executives of Monsanto/Pharmacia. Sandbox launches new businesses and invests in seed stage software and tech-enabled businesses. The firm has an exclusive relationship with Blue Cross and Blue Shield to manage a corporate venture fund that invests in healthcare technology and technology-enabled services. Mr. Yang led a number of early stage investments for Divine and Sandbox over a 3 year period.