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 AMD Ventures

​​​​​​Through AMD Ventures, AMD invests in strategic software and application ecosystem companies that serve large and growing markets.

We look for companies that strategically align with AMD roadmaps and technology. AMD’s strategy is to invest in start-ups in a variety of market segments, including:

    • High Performance Computing
    • Human Computer Interface
    • Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence
    • Data Visualization/Analytics
  • Matterport
    • Server/Datacenter
    • Security
    • Storage
    • Embedded
  • Personify
    • Multimedia
    • Virtual Reality​
    • Augmented Reality​​

 Why Partner with AMD?

Start-ups

More than just an investor, AMD is your strategic partner. An AMD strategic partnership helps provide a competitive advantage through:

  • Access to a broad base of technical experts in computing and graphics
  • Technical collaboration on projects important to your company’s success
  • Synergistic opportunities with other AMD portfolio companies 
  • Opportunities for inclusion in AMD marketing and PR initiatives
  • Access to AMD Customers and other strategic Partners
  • Long-term investment commitment

What is AMD Looking For?​

AMD is looking across the globe for innovative software and application companies with experienced teams who strategically align with our technologies and serve large and growing markets across high-performance client, server and embedded. If you are one of these companies - anywhere from seed through late stage - and are interested in a strategic partnership, contact us at AMD.Ventures@amd.com.

Venture Capital Firms - Why Partner with AMD?

AMD seeks to partner with traditional Venture Capital investors.  The value of AMD’s strategic partnership includes:

  • Leveraging AMD’s domain expertise to conduct effective and timely technical and market due diligence on potential investments
  • An opportunity to share potential investment ideas sourced from non-traditional channels through our marketplace relationships
  • Extending portfolio companies’ product development and roadmap support by leveraging AMD’s technical expertise and product roadmap
  • Leveraging extensive AMD sales, market presence, distribution channels, and relationships with OEMs, ODMs, ISVs, and other partners to accelerate the growth of the portfolio company
  • Participation in marketing and PR events
  • Reducing deal risk by having access to industry guidance and support based on AMD’s years of experience in the industry and extensive relations

 Harry Wolin, Managing Director

Harry A. Wolin is Managing Director for AMD Ventures, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel for AMD. Prior to becoming General Counsel, he managed AMD’s Technology Law Department and served as Vice President, Intellectual Property. Harry plays a lead role in AMD’s most significant legal, operational and strategic proceedings. He is the AMD executive responsible for the corporation’s worldwide legal matters, corporate investigations, public affairs and government relations, strategy, M&A, ventures, trade compliance, and corporate governance.

 Shantnu Sharma, Managing Director

Shantnu Sharma is Managing Director for AMD Ventures, and Vice President Corporate Strategy and Business Development at AMD. A MIT graduate and global leader, he combines operational expertise with top-tier management consulting (McKinsey & Company). His background in corporate strategy, software development, datacenters and computer communication informs his passion for solving customer problems by building joint ventures and partnerships.

  Paul Gu, Principal

Paul Gu joined AMD Ventures in 2014. He is responsible for deal sourcing and execution, business development and post-investment collaboration. Prior to joining AMD Ventures, Paul was a business development professional at Hightail, a cloud collaboration software provider. Earlier in his career, he was an investment professional at Symphony Technology Group, a software-focused private equity firm. Before that, he worked in the Technology/Media/Telecom investment banking group at J.P. Morgan. Paul received his B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College.

 Portfolio

  • BluestacksBluestacks

    BlueStacks is a software startup company that provides a virtual Android OS environment on top of Windows 7, making Androi​​d apps available to Windows machines.​

  • Matterport Matterport

    Matterport has developed a 3D scanner and software application that allows users to easily scan and create 3D models of environments.

  • PersonifyPersonify

    Personify is a startup that provides an innovative video software that combines content and video; enabling end-users to create presentations and collaborate in a much more interactive and immersive way using 3D cameras

  • IncontextIncontext

    InContext Solutions is a technology and market research firm specializing in 3-D point-of-purchase environments. Their advanced web technology is accelerating the growth of virtual store research and has additional applications in product innovation, collaborative visualization, and e-commerce.

  • TangoTango

    Tango is a free mobile messaging app with more than 350 million registered members who enjoy free video and voice calls, texting, social discovery, browsing and sharing content with one another.

  • Raptr Raptr

    Raptr helps gamers by providing optimal settings for their rigs, keeping their drivers up to date, and helping them connect, play, and chat with friends.​

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 News

  • Twitch users can now live stream Android games from their PC

    techcrunch.​com — 4/7/16 — It’s about to get easier for Twitch’s community of gamers to stream mobile games today, after BlueStacks, a company that emulates Android games on desktops, added streaming support to its service... see more
  • BlueStacks Ups Its Mobile Game With Amazon’s Twitch​

    fortune.com — 4/7/16 — Amazon’s AMZN -1.25% Twitch just added 130 million new gamers to its platform. It’s the result of a new product from startup BlueStacks, which has bridged the gap between mobile gaming and PC gaming... see more
  • Incontext Solutions Brings Business to Virtual Reality

    incontextsolutions.com — 4/7/16 — Virtual Reality (VR) is growing to be one of the hottest topics this year, yet most of the applications we hear about are related to consumers or entertainment. Oculus began shipping units in the past week; HTC Vive is starting to ship... see more
  • Matterport Enhances Immersive Spaces with First Generation of Mattertag™ Content

    matterport.com — 3/29/16 — SUNNYVALE, CA – March 29, 2016 – Today, immersive media company Matterport announced the introduction of Mattertag™ Content, a creation and delivery system for incorporating rich spatial metadata into Matterport Spaces... see more
  • InContext Solutions Announces Interactive HIVE Virtual Reality Lab

    incontextsolutions.com — 2/24/16 — CHICAGO, February 24, 2016 – Virtual Reality (VR) is on the rise in business applications, but few companies have access to the expensive gear it takes to properly use VR to their advantage, which is why InContext Solutions... see more
  • New Plays.tv Chrome Extension Lets Fans Instantly Capture Epic Twitch Moments After They Happen

    raptr.com — 1/28/16 — MOUNTAIN VIEW, California — January 28, 2016 — Plays.tv, the video-sharing platform for gamers, today introduced the Plays.tv Chrome Extension, now available in the Chrome store. The extension allows Twitch viewers... see more
  • InContext Solutions Awarded “Editors’ Pick” by Consumer Goods Technology Magazine

    incontextsolutions.com — 1/22/16 — CHICAGO, January 22, 2016 – InContext Solutions, a leader in web-based virtual reality shopping and retail solutions, today announced that it has been named an “Editors’ Pick” by Consumer Goods Technology magazine... see more
  • BlueStacks hits a billion apps used per month and launches new mobile platform

    venturebeat.com — 12/3/15 — In 2011, BlueStacks was a small company when it debuted its virtualization platform that enables people to play Android mobile apps on a PC. Now the company’s App Player has become surprisingly popular... see more
  • Plays.tv Adds Highlights and Stitch Features to Make Finding and Showcasing Your Top Plays Ridiculously Easy

    raptr.com — 9/3/15 — MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — September 3, 2015— Plays.tv, the fast, easy way to record and share gameplay, today announced that the Plays.tv client has now left beta and with its official release has unveiled two major new features... see more
  • Matterport Closes $30M Growth Round Led by Qualcomm to Expand Virtual Reality Platform Capabilities

    matterport.com — 6/15/15 — MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA–(Marketwired – Jun 25, 2015) – Matterport, a leader in computer vision technology and immersive media, announced that it has raised a $30M Series C financing led by Qualcomm Incorporated... see more
  • Tango App Adds E-commerce After Alibaba Investment

    wsj.com — 5/13/15 — Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba recently invested in U.S. Messaging app Tango. The WSJ's Deborah Kan speaks to Tango's co-founder Eric Setton on how the company plans to compete in an increasingly crowded space... see more
  • Matterport Appoints Jeffrey Harris Vice President of Sales and Business Development

    matterport.com — 1/28/15 — Mountain View, Calif. — January 28, 2015 — Matterport, a leader in computer vision and 3D computational photography, today announced that Jeffrey Harris, a recognized expert in bringing high technology... see more
  • Adobe Acquires Aviary to Fast-Track Creative Cloud App Development

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — 9/24/14 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it has acquired privately held Aviary, a developer of mobile SDKs (Software Development Kits) for the delivery of creative apps. With millions of people already using Aviary-powered photo-editing apps... see more
  • AMD Ventures: The Secret Behind Personify and Matterport’s Success

    itbusinessedge.com — 7/24/14 — Two companies emerging in the business scene with really interesting visual technology are Personify and Matterport. Personify makes 3D videoconferencing technology that can create more compelling presentations and more deeply immerse... see more
  • AMD and BlueStacks to Bring New Dual-OS Android Solution to Retail

    Barcelona — 2/25/2014 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today at Mobile World Congress announced the retail availability of a new BlueStacks dual-OS Android solution, optimized for AMD APUs, with expected consumer availability in the second half of 2014... see more
  • AMD and BlueStacks Collaboration Brings Full Android OS Experience to Windows PCs

    Las Vegas, Nev. — 1/6/2014 — AMD (NYSE: AMD)today announced a new milestone in their collaboration with BlueStacks, a joint solution that brings the complete Google™ Android OS experience to Microsoft® Windows- based tablets, 2-in-1s, notebooks and desktops... see more
  • AMD and Mixamo Revolutionize Character Art with World’s First Real-time Facial Capture Technology for the Unity Development Platform

    SUNNYVALE, Calif. — 8/28/2013 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced its collaboration with Mixamo on the launch of Face Plus, an advanced real-time motion capture and 3D facial animation technology for the Unity game engine (v4.3). Mixamo, an AMD Ventures portfolio company, provides online 3D animation service for game developers... see more
  • Deus Ex Human Revolution and Far Cry 3 streamed from Radeon Sky 700 via CiiNOW

    FireUser.com — 3/28/13 — These two videos are the first glimpses I have seen of real games being streamed from an AMD Radeon Sky graphics card. These videos are iPhone video captures from GDC 2013. This is the real thing running over the Internet... see more
  • AMD Collaborates with Aviary to Bring APU-Optimized Photo Editing Application to Windows 8

    SUNNYVALE, Calif. — 3/18/2013 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a collaboration with Aviary to bring an optimized version of its popular photo editing tool to Windows® 8 PCs and tablets powered by AMD accelerated processing units (APUs). Backed by an investment through AMD Ventures, Aviary has optimized its new software development kit...see more
  • AMD's strategic partner CiiNOW Inc., will sponsor Cloud Gaming Europe

    HEXUS — 2/21/13 — AMD's strategic partner, CiiNOW, Inc., a leader in Cloud Gaming technology and branded gaming platforms, will be the Gold Sponsor of Cloud Gaming Europe, February 21-22, 2013 in London. CiiNOW is working with AMD to enable the best online gaming experience possible through a vibrant worldwide game developer ecosystem and differentiated hardware...see more
  • Google confirms it's buying facial recognition firm Viewdle

    CNET — 10/3/12 — It's official -- Google's Motorola Mobility acquires the Ukrainian maker of facial recognition technology that automatically tags photos. The rumors have been confirmed, Google's Motorola Mobility is indeed acquiring the facial recognition technology company Viewdle...see more
  • AMD AppZone Brings Graphics-Accelerated Windows and Android Apps to PCs Worldwide

    SUNNYVALE, Calif. — 9/27/12 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the launch of AMD AppZone, an online showcase for applications and games accelerated by AMD Radeon™ graphics processing units (GPUs) and AMD accelerated processing units (APUs). In addition to featuring some of the most recognizable PC games and productivity apps, consumers can now download… see more
  • AMD Invests in CiiNOW to Usher in Next Era of Cloud-Based Gaming

    SUNNYVALE, Calif. — 9/11/12 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced an investment in CiiNOW, a provider of cloud gaming technology that enables game publishers, retailers and carriers to tap into the growing video game market expected to reach $81 billion by 20161. AMD, through AMD Ventures, has invested in an innovative software company… see more
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