Managing Director, Private Equity
Richard Yen is Managing Director, Private Equity at Saban Capital Group. In this role, he leads the digital media and consumer Internet investment practice and supports all digital initiatives for the firm. Yen’s ongoing focus is growth equity investments, pre-IPO investments and buyouts in digital media, mobile and consumer Internet companies. Since starting with SCG in 2008, Yen has been instrumental in growing the firm’s investment portfolio with companies including Bustle, Vessel, ironSource and PlayBuzz, among others. Mr. Yen also works actively with SCG’s portfolio companies, including Saban Brands and Univision, advising on digital media acquisitions and strategies.
Prior to joining Saban Capital Group, Mr. Yen was a Principal at Blueprint Ventures where he established the firm's digital media and Internet investing practice. Prior to Blueprint, Mr. Yen worked for Rustic Canyon Partners, a technology venture capital firm where he focused on early-stage software and wireless investments. His prior operating roles including serving as Vice President for Merrill Lynch’s online brokerage unit and Director of Engineering for D. E. Shaw & Co.’s Internet incubator group.
Mr. Yen earned a BS in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, both with high honors. Mr. Yen is a graduate of the Kauffman Fellows Program.