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Aymerik Renard

General Partner
Hardware Club

Aymerik joined the Hardware Club team in October 2017, bringing over two decades of experience in international venture capital spanning hardware, software, and services.

Most recently responsible for Western Digital Capital’s strategic investments across North America, Europe, and Asia, Aymerik came to Western Digital via its acquisition of SanDisk, where he led their US venture activity as well as their communications and venture ecosystem outreach since 2014, taking them into frontier tech and IoT investments. Aymerik was a Global Corporate Venturing Rising Star Award recipient in 2016 while at SanDisk, and in 2017 while at Western Digital.

Prior to SanDisk, Aymerik worked at supply chain startup PCH International where he was the Vice President responsible for emerging business development, aiding consumer electronics, medtech and IoT companies with funding, design, manufacturing, fulfillment, and distribution aspects. Capitalizing on his on-the-ground experience of the Hong Kong and Shenzhen manufacturing ecosystems, he later co-founded the Highway1 accelerator for hardware startups. 

Earlier in his career, he headed North American investments for Orange for twelve years. Under his watch, several of his hardware, software and services portfolio companies IPO’ed on the Nasdaq and New York stock exchange while others were acquired by Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, SAP, Yahoo, Sun Microsystems, Cox Automotive, Keynote, Ericsson, Oracle, Assa Abloy, and Cable & Wireless.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Information & Decision Systems, Aymerik has been involved in the computing industry since his student days, when he taught a third-year lab course in software engineering methodology and also worked as a Campus Representative for Apple Computer

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