Laurie J. Yoler

General Partner at Playground Global, Director since 2018

Ms. Yoler is a General Partner at Playground Global, a technology venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. She was the Senior Vice President, Business Development of Qualcomm, Inc. and President, Qualcomm Labs, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm, Inc., from March 2013 to January 2016, driving internal innovation and exploring opportunities for new businesses, strategic partnerships, acquisitions, investments, and divestitures. From February 2006 to March 2013, Ms. Yoler was a partner and Managing Director at GrowthPoint Technology Partners, a Silicon Valley based investment bank. From September 2004 to July 2005, Ms. Yoler served as Chief Development Officer of Intellectual Ventures LLC, a private equity firm. From March 2001 to September 2004 Ms. Yoler was Vice President, Business Development and Marketing at Packet Design and Precision I/O, two early-stage technology firms. Prior to that, Ms. Yoler was an integral part of the development and launch of many new innovations and products in her roles at Visa Inc, Sun Microsystems, Accenture PLC and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Ms. Yoler serves on the Board of Directors of Bose Corporation, a company that designs, develops and sells audio equipment. In addition, since January 2016, Ms. Yoler has served as a board member and strategic advisor in the technology industry, and currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of two privately held technology companies, Zoox Inc. and Leaf Logistics. From 2003 to 2008, Ms. Yoler was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Tesla Motors, Inc., a company that designs, develops, manufactures and sells electric vehicles and advanced electric vehicle powertrain components. Ms. Yoler served on Tesla’s Advisory Board from 2008 until 2013.