Yamaha Motor
Ventures & Laboratory
Silicon Valley

About YMVSV

“Innovation is a team sport.”

Entrepreneurs often need strong partners in order to scale their businesses. This is particularly true for those developing novel hardware systems, exploring new business models, or growing international ventures.

Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley (YMVSV) exists to accelerate the efforts of teams driving disruptive change. We have the resources and backing of Yamaha Motor Company (Japan), yet the openness and agility of a startup.

Promising efforts sometimes raise venture capital. Financing these companies through strategic investment is a portion of our activity. For other ventures, strategic corporate partnerships might mean access to vehicles, technology, teams, hardware, infrastructure, or something else entirely. Whether investment, partnership, or both, we work collaboratively to create the future of industries ranging from personal transportation to industrial automation.

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Our Focus
What We Invest In

Automation & Connectivity

How do smarter vehicles lead to safer, more convenient lives?

Internet of Things (IoT)

As devices & vehicles come online, how do we empower users?

Robotics & Industrial Automation

How do we transition from manual, to autonomous, to useful intelligent systems?

Unmanned Systems

From drones to vehicles, how do we create autonomous systems which are essential to our daily lives?

Precision Agriculture

How do we improve yields to nourish a hungry planet?

Personal Mobility & Electric Vehicles

How do we move a growing urban population towards smarter commuting and exhilarating experiences?

Life Sciences

How do we create happier, healthier lives?

Our Portfolio

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    Precision Hawk

    PrecisionHawk Inc. is a terrestrial data acquisition and analysis company that provides an end-to-end solution using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for data collection and analysis software tools to deliver better business intelligence to clients across civilian industries.

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    Veniam

    Veniam is delivering the Internet of Moving Things, building networks of connected vehicles and offer fully managed services to bring high-definition data from your vehicle to the cloud, and collect terabytes of urban data for smart city applications.

  • Shhh...

    Undisclosed

    A Computer Vision Company

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    A Robotics Company


Meet Our Team with Crazy Ideas

Interdisciplinary teams focusing on Innovation, Strategic Investments, Design thinking from day one.

  • Hiro Saijo

Hiroshi "Hiro" Saijo
CEO & Managing Director

  • George Kellerman

George Kellerman
Chief Operations Officer & General Partner

  • Amish Parashar

Amish Parashar
Venture Partner & Director of Strategic Business Development

  • Jay Onda

Jay Onda
Venture Partner & Director of Strategic Investments

Aki Marushima
Senior Accountant & Venture Analyst

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Tomomi Kurechi
Accountant & Executive Assistant


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