YIS regularly invests directly in seed and early rounds of new companies. These investments are generally earmarked for massive industries ripe for evolution or disruption, as well as, those where it has experience or can understand and evaluate. Specific areas of interest and past activity for direct investments include financial services/investment management, healthcare, education and consumer-related. Given the inherent risk in this category, YIS tries to identify those early stage companies that have the potential to grow into multi-billion dollar businesses. YIS recognizes that enormous opportunities exist in technology, biotech, and energy, however, it lacks the expertise to properly conduct deep due diligence. As a result, in these sectors, YIS prefers to partner with outside professionals.