AME Cloud Ventures is the venture fund led by Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo!
AME Cloud Ventures focuses on seed to later stage companies building infrastructure and value chains around data. We love technology heavy companies gathering or creating unique data at every stage of the data stack — from infrastructure all the way to applications, mobile, and sensors.
We believe great people are the key to a company's success. We strive to find, fund, and support true entrepreneurs. We provide a unique and genuine set of resources to our founding teams, from strong operational and business experience, to networks of amazing mentors and international partners, particularly China.
'Ame' means rain in Japanese - a reflection on our belief that accurate, actionable data will be a major life-blood in the future economy.
Jerry co-founded Yahoo! in 1995 and served on its Board and as a member of its executive team until 2012. Jerry was instrumental in building Yahoo!’s relationships with Yahoo! Japan and Alibaba and continues to be a thought leader in China and Asia. Jerry currently sits on Stanford University’s Board of Trustees, where he is a Vice-Chair, and is also a Board Observer for Lenovo.
Nick manages AME Cloud’s early stage investments. Prior to AME Cloud, Nick spent five years in China and India, where he lead business development for Cloud Valley and founded a web travel company and a software-services company. Nick earned his Masters in Engineering from Imperial College.
Jeff focuses on AME Cloud’s investment and portfolio activities. Prior to AME Cloud, Jeff covered growth technology investments in software and internet at Silver Lake. Jeff earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and Bachelors from UC Berkeley.
Wretch created wretch.cc, the first and biggest blogging website in Taiwan. He built and led a 40-person team serving 8 million users and 6 billion page-views per month before selling the company to Yahoo!. Wretch earned his MBA from Stanford.
Cathy manages the firm's operations, organizes special events and assists in portfolio activities. Prior to AME Cloud, Cathy spent nine years at Yahoo! as a Sr. Executive Administrator supporting Jerry. Cathy earned her Bachelors from San Francisco State University.