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 AMD Ventures



 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



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.


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.


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.

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. 

Paul Gu, Principle

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.

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.




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


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.​


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


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.


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

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