Ben Yu

Ben started his career as a System Architect working on advanced networking and wireless technologies at 3Com. Ben joined Sierra Ventures in 2000 and focuses on Emerging Technologies. Some of Ben’s prior investments include AutheTec (IPO; M&A – Apple $365M) and Invensense (IPO; M&A – TDK $1.3B). Ben holds a BE from University of Western Australia and MA and PhD degrees from Princeton University in Electrical Engineering. When he’s not working you can usually find him on the golf course.

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DeepHow – Why Sierra Ventures Invested

We’re excited to announce Sierra Ventures’ lead investment in DeepHow’s $9M Pre-Series A Round.  DeepHow has developed an AI-powered knowledge capture platform to bridge the skills gap in the manufacturing and service industries. Today, knowledge capture and transfer solutions serving the manufacturing and service industries include antiquated solutions like training manuals, classroom instruction, and job …

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Akasha Imaging – Why Sierra Ventures Invested

We’re excited to announce Sierra Ventures’ investment in Akasha Imaging’s $10.75M Series A. Akasha Imaging is developing imaging technology that enables robots to calculate the orientation of objects at a precision and speed that assembly and packing processes require for full automation. Their vision system is based on years of MIT research on “Polarized 3D”, …

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Podcastle – Why Sierra Ventures Invested

We’re excited to announce that Sierra Ventures led an investment in Podcastle’s $1.75M Seed Round.  Podcastle is developing podcast creation tools for amateur and professional podcasters and a streaming platform for listeners. The creation tools are centered around Podcastle’s text-to-speech technology that enables creators to convert scripts into high-quality podcasts. Creators may choose to have …

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EverestLabs – Why Sierra Ventures Invested

We’re excited to announce Sierra Ventures’ investment in EverestLabs’ oversubscribed Seed Round. EverestLabs deploys computer vision and robotics solutions to pick valuable recyclables from conveyor belts at material recovery facilities (recycling plants). Humans are increasingly producing more waste, while waste management companies face a severe labor shortage, high labor costs, and old infrastructure. Over 300,000 …

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Modulate – Why Sierra Ventures Invested

We’re excited to announce Sierra Ventures’ investment in Modulate’s $4M Series Seed. Modulate is using deep convolutional neural networks to build real-time (less than 10ms latency), speech-to-speech, voice-changing software. The software creates digital signatures of a target person’s voice and replicates their vocal chords enabling any speaker to sound identical to the target voice. The …

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Interplay Learning – Why Sierra Ventures Invested

We are excited to announce our investment in Interplay Learning, where we participated in a $5.5M funding round. Interplay develops online training for skilled laborers in the mechanical, electrical and industrial workforces. The highlight of their large catalog is state-of-the-art 3D troubleshooting simulations. These materials are accessible by desktop, laptop or VR-headset and provide an …

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