Yuga Labs co-founder to take leave; Diagnosed with congestive heart failure


  • Wylie Aronow, the Co-Founder of Yuga Labs, goes on sick leave, citing health concerns.
  • Going on leave was prompted due to being diagnosed with congestive heart failure.
  • No confirmation with respect to coming back to Yuga Labs.

Wylie Aronow, one of the Co-Founders of Yuga Labs, said that he would be taking a leave of absence because of health concerns. In a tweet, Aronow disclosed that his doctor had diagnosed him with congestive heart failure. 

Aronow explained that the major decision to step down was prompted by a heart failure diagnosis and a slew of symptoms in the preceding months. Aronow has also stated that his leave of absence would be brief.

He will remain as a board member and strategic advisor in a limited capacity, but he did not elaborate on what these roles entail or how active he will be in them. 

Aronow elaborated on his decision to leave by explaining that he lost the majority of his twenties to a chronic illness and often pushed himself to the edge working at Yuga Labs. To this extent, he stated that he had worked 12-hour days on a consistent basis and should have listened to the advice of his close ones. 

However, this is not Aranow’s first medical condition that has prevented him from working. Aranow revealed that in his twenties, he suffered from a chronic illness that prevented him from advancing in his career. 

When he recovered and Co-Founded Yuga Labs, there was no turning back. Despite the fact that Aronow remained mum on his position as a strategic advisor, he recently declared on November 8, 2022, that he would put forth a fresh scheme for NFT creator royalties.

In February 2021, Aronow and Greg Solano created Yuga Labs together. CryptoPunks, BAYC, MeeBits, and OthersideMeta are some of the company’s most noteworthy NFTs. 

The news of Aronow’s health deteriorating is not surprising considering the size and scope of the work. In a previous study, RB, a global consumer health company, discovered that over 67 percent of startup CEOs attribute personal health issues to their professions.