Laurie Yoler

Managing Director,
Digital Media & Consumer/Internet

Laurie Yoler has been helping emerging technology companies grow for over 25 years as an executive, advisor, investor and board member. She has served on the boards of public companies, private companies, and non-profit organizations. At GrowthPoint, Laurie leads client engagements in consumer internet and digital media technologies. 

Prior to GrowthPoint, Laurie was chief development officer at Intellectual Ventures, exploring invention and investment opportunities in a wide variety of technology areas ranging from software, user interface design, semiconductors, electronic devices, consumer products, lasers, biotechnology and medical devices.

Before joining Intellectual Ventures, Laurie was co-founder and vice president of marketing and business development for Precision I/O, a start-up focusing on solving the server I/O bottleneck in data centers and high-performance computing environments. For two years prior to that, Laurie was vice president of marketing and business development for Packet Design LLC, a networking R&D firm started by Judy Estrin, Bill Carrico and Van Jacobson. Laurie was instrumental in helping Packet Design spin out three networking companies: Vernier Networks, Packet Design Inc., and Precision I/O.

Laurie was previously a director at Sun Microsystems for seven years where she held a number of corporate development, business development, marketing and sales management positions, including three years based in Geneva, Switzerland as the sales director for financial markets for Europe, Middle East and Africa. While in Europe, she was selected as a member of the EU Financial Issues Working Group, which made recommendations to the EU on technology standards.

Prior to Sun, Laurie was the director of product development and management at Visa, where she designed and implemented new banking products, like the Visa Check Card, and provided consulting in risk management to banks across the U.S. Before joining Visa, Laurie was a manager in the advanced technology practices of Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Laurie currently serves on the board of advisors of Tesla Motors and Scripted, the board of directors of the Washington State University Research Foundation (WSURF), the Harold Frank Engineering Entrepreneurship Institute Advisory Board. She previously served on the board of directors of Tesla Motors since its founding, the public company Interactive Investor (acquired by AMP) the advisory board of DNA Direct, and the technical advisory board of Index Ventures.

Laurie graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a B.A. in management information systems. She also completed a year abroad in the international business program at the University of Copenhagen. She completed executive management programs at both Kellogg and INSEAD.

With her "copious" spare time, she enjoys taking classes at Stanford, skiing, running the Stanford “Dish,” and yoga.

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