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 AMD Ventures

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 Ventures Overview

Through AMD Ventures, AMD’s investment program, AMD invests in strategic software and application ecosystem companies that serve large and growing markets.

AMD’s product strategy synergistically combines both CPU and GPU technology to create APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) that promote improved user experiences by enhancing the vibrant worldwide AMD ecosystem. This ecosystem includes new software, hardware, business models, CE devices, intellectual property, processes, support models and other new developments. Through our investment program, AMD works with the companies in which it invests to enable differentiated solutions optimized on AMD hardware platforms.

We look for companies that focus on computing and with product roadmaps that scale with AMD’s roadmaps. AMD’s strategy is to invest in start-ups in a variety of market segments, including:

  • Non-traditional Gaming
  • Multimedia
  • Server/Datacenter
  • Machine Learning/Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Visualization/Analytics
  • Human Computer Interface
  • Security
  • Embedded
  • Content Creation
  • Content Management
  • Programming Models/Tools
  • Storage
  • Mobility
  • High Performance Computing

 

 Startups

Start-ups - Why Partner with AMD?

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 & 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 client, server and mobility markets. 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.

 VCs

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.

 Team

Manju Hegde, Managing Director

Manju Hegde is corporate vice president, AMD Global Business Unit, with responsibility for leading the development of the software ecosystem around AMD products. As head of AMD’s Content, Applications and Solutions team, Manju is responsible for driving and executing AMD’s ecosystem, strategy across the technology, marketing and business functions as well as directing AMD strategy and collaboration in engaging the computing ecosystem to shape the next generation of devices, environment, tools and application experiences made possible by the AMD‘s product roadmap.

Before joining AMD, Manju was vice president of CUDA technical marketing at NVIDIA, where he focused on training and enabling researchers and developers to leverage the parallel architecture and performance of the GPU for general purpose applications.

Prior to joining NVIDIA in 2008, Manju was co-founder and CEO of AGEIA Technologies (acquired by NVIDIA in 2008) since 2002, when he began his mission to minimize the challenge of physics in game development. From 1999 to 2001, Manju was co-founder and CTO of Celox Networks, which developed the industry’s leading edge router able to deliver high bandwidth applications with QoS. Manju was also a professor of electrical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and at Louisiana State University.

Manju earned his Bachelors of Electrical Engineering degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and his Ph. D in Computer Information and Control Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also has his master’s degree in management from the University of Bombay.

Keith Witek, Managing Director

Keith Witek is corporate vice president for Corporate Development within the Office of Strategy at AMD. Prior to his position within the Office of Strategy, Keith was the Chief of Staff for AMD’s President and COO, and prior to that he was a Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at AMD, and a Director in AMD’s legal department serving the CTO’s Office, Innovative Systems Group, Embedded Computing Systems Division, Commercial Group, Consumer Group, Corporate Business Development, and Strategic Software Alliances.

Prior to joining AMD, Keith was co-managing attorney for the Technology Transactions Group of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati (WSGR) located in Austin, Texas. Prior to working for WSGR, he was counsel for various divisions of Motorola Inc. and counsel for Metrowerks. Keith’s practice has included business development, strategy, general contracts, technology transactions, client counseling, M&A, patent cross-licensing, patent prosecution, opinion drafting, and litigation support.

Keith has been an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law where he has taught IP and technology licensing, and has taught paralegal course work at ACC. He also has published several papers and spoken on various IP, business development, and contract related topics around the world. Keith is co-author of an Internet and IP Law Treatise published by West Publishing in which he wrote several chapters on IP creation, IP management, IP licensing, and technology transactions.

Keith is an inventor on over 30 issued US patents. He holds a BS in both Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Texas - Austin.

Ray Schuder, Managing Director

Ray Schuder joined AMD in October 2010 to manage investments and business development for AMD Ventures. Ray is also the Managing Director of the AMD Fusion Centers of Innovation. Ray served as a Board observer and led AMD’s investment in ViVu (acquired by Polycom). He also is a Board Observer and led AMD’s investments in CiiNow, Aviary, InContext, Mixamo and five other unannounced investments. Ray serves on the Board of Personify and led AMD’s investment in BlueStacks. Prior to AMD, Ray spent 5 years with El Dorado Ventures (EDV) where he joined in 2005 as a Senior Associate and was promoted to Principal in 2007. At EDV he focused on early-stage investments in information technology companies. At EDV Ray sourced and led its investment in Scout Labs (acquired by Lithium Technologies). Prior to joining El Dorado Ventures, Ray was a vice president with Pequot Ventures, where he focused on investments in hardware and communications. Previously, Ray was a director with Silicon Valley BancVentures, the venture capital arm of Silicon Valley Bank, where he managed the hardware practice. Prior to Silicon Valley BancVentures, Ray was a product manager with NVIDIA. Ray has also worked as a product manager at Loudcloud and as a product development and research engineer for Hewlett-Packard and HP Labs. In addition to these roles, Ray has performed M&A advisory work for Broadview International, and has served as a technical consultant to Agilent Technologies and several venture-backed companies. Ray is a named inventor on eight U.S. patents. Ray graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Ray earned two Masters Degrees from the Stanford University Graduate School of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering and Manufacturing Systems Engineering) and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. At Stanford, Ray received an AIM Entrance Fellowship and earned the Stanford University Centennial Teaching Assistant Award.

Mike Woollems, Financial Officer

Mike Woollems is corporate vice president of tax at AMD. Mike joined AMD in 1982 and has oversight of AMD’s worldwide tax activities, including tax strategies, risk management and legal entity structuring. Prior to joining AMD he worked at National Semiconductor and Del Monte corporations primarily in the tax field. Mike has participated in and supported all of AMD’s M&A activities since joining the company and has helped direct several divestiture initiatives. Mike is Vice Chairman of the AMD Foundation and a member of AMD’s Administrative Committee with oversight of the company’s benefit plans. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Wichita State University, and his MBA in taxation from Golden Gate University. 

Tab Ebrahim, Senior Associate

Tab Ebrahim joined AMD Ventures as a senior associate in 2013. He is responsible for deal sourcing and execution, business development, post-investment collaboration and IP strategy. Previously, Tab was a Founder of a nanotechnology startup and advised early-stage technology companies at the Austin Technology Incubator. Earlier in his career, Tab was a member of the technical staff at Eastman Kodak Company. Tab received his J.D. and MBA degrees from Northwestern University, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Tab is an inventor on two U.S. patents and is a member of the Licensing Executives Society.

Krunal Patel, Performance Application Engineering

Krunal Patel is a member of technical staff in the Performance Application Engineering team, focusing on AMD Ventures partner companies. He’s responsible for technical due diligence, evangelizing AMD software and hardware solutions and interacting with AMD cross-functional teams to ensure the best performance on AMD platforms. He’s been awarded a couple of AMD Executive Spotlight Awards for his willingness to drive engagements to success. Prior to joining AMD, Krunal worked as an algorithm engineer at AccelerEyes, focusing on GPU compute and business expansion. Krunal holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Waterloo, and a master’s degree in liberal arts in extension studies and software engineering from Harvard University.

 Portfolio

Aviary powers the world's creativity by offering the best photo editing tools that developers can incorporate into their apps and websites.

http://www.aviary.com/



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

http://bluestacks.com/



CiiNOW is a provider of cloud gaming technology that enables game publishers, retailers and carriers to tap into the growing video game market.

http://www.ciinow.com/​​



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.

http://www.incontextsolutions.com/



Mixamo is an online animation service and marketplace that enables users to create production-quality 3D character animations on the web that are customized and retargeted to their own characters.

http://www.mixamo.com/



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

​​​ https://personifyinc.com/


Viewdle (acquired by Google) is an early stage software provider of face and object recognition technology for video and still images on PC and mobile platforms.

​​http://www.viewdle.com/

 


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ViVu (acquired by Polycom) is an independent software and service provider of video conferencing and web collaboration technology over the cloud.

http://www.polycom.com/company/vivu/index.html

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 News

  • 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-March 28, 2013-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-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 - October 3, 2012 - 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

    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. —9/11/2012 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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