Yoko studied Physics at the University of Oxford, CERN, and ETH Zürich, where she met her Ledgy co-founders Ben Brandt and Timo Horstschaefer.
Together they identified the administrative burden that equity management creates for startups - a problem that needed solving. She quickly settled into her role as CEO and now oversees a team that boasts a 50/50 gender split across all departments.
Ledgy has around 2,500 companies as customers, up from 1,500 in 2021, and revenues tripled in 2022. Ledgy has also helped drive entrepreneurship in the industry, empowering over 20,000 employees with ownership so that their company’s success is their success.
In September 2022, Ledgy raised $22 million in a Series B funding round, led by legendary Silicon Valley investor New Enterprise Associates, as well as Sequoia Capital, 20VC, btov and VI Partners. This followed a successful $10 million Series A in 2021 led by Sequoia (its first ever investment in Switzerland), with Luciana Lixandru joining Ledgy’s board.
She was also project lead of Swissloop, helping to build the first Hyperloop pod in Switzerland.