Aymerik Renard

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.

Prior to SanDisk, Aymerik joined PCH International in 2011 where he was the Vice President responsible for startup 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. Since then, he has remained active as a mentor in accelerators such as Qualcomm Robotics, R/GA Connected Devices, Impact USA, Alchemist Accelerator, and Startup Bootcamp IoT, among others.

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 with others being acquired by Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, SAP, Yahoo, Sun
Microsystems, Cox Automotive, Keynote, Ericsson, Oracle, 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.

About Hardware Club

Based in San Francisco, Paris and Tokyo, we help hardware founders build amazing companies. Hardware Club is a stage, geography, and sector agnostic community of highly curated hardware startups and corporate partners. We help member startups scale globally through access to strategic partnerships and resources aimed at overcoming critical challenges common to hardware, like manufacturing and distribution. With Hardware Club Fund I, we invest in the most promising early stage startups among our roster of 360+ members. For more information, please visit: hardwareclub.co.