George Kellerman was one of the first five employees who launched Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley in August 2015, and he served as its COO & General Partner until January 2019 when he became CEO & Managing Director.
Prior to becoming CEO George spearheaded creation of the company’s AgTech strategy, which is focused on creating robotics and automation solutions for the horticulture industry, and he led the team that created and launched Yamaha Motor Exploratory Fund, L.P., the company’s flagship $100M fund that is focused on investing in early-stage startups in areas such as AgTech, MedTech, AeroTech, Mobility and Sustainability. George also led the company’s investments in PrecisionHawk, Robotics Plus, and Soft Robotics.
Prior to joining YMVSV, George was a Managing Partner at 500 Startups where he oversaw finance, legal, and investor relations for a portfolio of over 750 companies and $120M in assets under management. Before becoming an early-stage investor George also served as a senior executive at companies such as Dell Japan, Experian Interactive, Yahoo Japan Corporation, and Yahoo!
George earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley School of Law. George also served as a Combat Medic in the US Army Reserves and as a Firefighter & Rescue Crew Chief in the US Air Force.