Yan Ness is Executive Chairman of Verge.io.
Ness has nearly five decades of experience working with stage one SaaS companies who want to grow to stage two and beyond. He is actively involved in Verge’s day-to-day operations and sees the opportunity Verge has to bring massive computing into the hands of everyone in the world.
Ness additionally serves as investor and advisor to the CEO at Larky, a company empowering financial institutions to connect with their audience at the right place and time using targeted geo-notifications.
For 15 years, Ness was the chief executive officer of Online Tech headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich. Online Tech delivered outstanding investor returns (over $100M of liquidity in two events), had industry leading NPS scores (80%+) and a culture that celebrated employees.
Prior to Online Tech, Ness spent 25 years as a successful serial tech entrepreneur. He was a founding member of CompanyCrafters, a venture catalyst providing strategic guidance and hands-on start-up assistance to several young companies, all of which achieved liquidity. He also founded and grew to liquidity with healthy returns, Systems and Software Group (sold to Appnet 1994) and WorkWell Health & Safety Systems (sold to Liberty Mutual in 1998).
Ness was previously the chairman of the Small Business Association of Michigan, growing it from 5,000 to 25,000 during his tenure. He was honored in 2013 as one of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
A former nationally ranked swimmer, Ness received his bachelor of science degree in computer science from the University of Michigan.