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"What got you here won’t get you there."

The most important thing I look for in an early stage company?  Founders’ purpose. 

The hardest thing about early stage startups: Focus, focus, focus!

What technologies will change the world in 5-10 years?

Blockchain.  I’m convinced we’ll see wide adoption.  

My "superpower:"  I’m a connector. Regardless whether my team or I can help, I try to put founders in touch with relevant people in my network. Founders first.


Timo Kilp is a Principal at Yamaha Motor Ventures, where he is responsible for sourcing and leading due diligence activities.

Previously, he was an associate at Sony Innovation Fund, the venture capital arm of Sony Corporation, where he was investing in early-stage companies and pursuing partnership opportunities for Sony’s business groups. Prior to Sony, Timo worked at JetBlue Technology Ventures, a corporate venture arm of JetBlue Airways. Timo also gained experience at boutique investment bank, Woodside Capital, and health tech startup, Augmedix.

Outside of work, he's an avid cross country and alpine skier. Timo grew up in the fast growing start-up hub of Tallinn, Estonia.

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