Laurie J. Yoler

General Partner at Playground Global, Director since 2018

Ms. Yoler is a General Partner at Playground Global, a technology and life sciences 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. From 2015 to 2020, Ms. Yoler served as a board member and strategic advisor to Zoox Inc. in the autonomous vehicle and AI software industry until its acquisition by Amazon. She currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of three privately held technology companies, Lacuna AI, Leaf Logistics and Saltbox. From 2003 to 2008, Ms. Yoler was a founding member of the Board of Directors of Tesla, Inc., a company that engages in the design, development, manufacture, and sale of fully electric vehicles, energy generation and storage systems. Ms. Yoler served on Tesla’s advisory board from 2008 until 2013.

Ms. Yoler’s extensive experience in the technology industry, spanning strategy, product, corporate development, global sales and marketing, mergers and acquisitions and business development, enables her to provide valuable insights into a wide variety of matters relating to technology, acquisitions, marketing, business development, and international operations.