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Peter Wren-Hilton

Introducing George Kellerman, Chief Operations Officer & General Partner, Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley


Agritech New Zealand is excited to introduce George Kellerman to a New Zealand audience. George will be joining the high-profile delegation of leading global agritech thought leaders and investors, led by Arama Kukutai of Finistere Ventures, when they visit the country from 22 – 25 May.

George will be attending and speaking at the ‘10 billion mouths’agritech conference in Tauranga on Wednesday 23 May. We are especially excited as Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley are the ’10 billion mouths’ principal conference sponsor.

George Kellerman
George Kellerman – Principal sponsor of the ’10 billion mouths’ event

Two weeks ago, that strong commitment to New Zealand’s agritech ecosystem became more public with the announcement of an investment into Tauranga-based Robotics Plus. It’s great to have George and some of his team in Tauranga for the ‘10 billion mouths’ conference.

As background, George a founding member of Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley where he serves as the Chief Operations Officer and General Partner.

Prior to joining YMVSV, George was a Managing Partner at Crystal Tech Fund, and prior to that he was a Managing Partner at 500 Startups where he oversaw finance, legal, and investor relations for a portfolio of over 750 companies and $120M in assets.  George also led a number of investments in early stage technology companies, including, Whill, ZBoard, Aquicore, uBiome, and Volta.

Before becoming an early stage investor, George served as a senior executive at companies such as Dell Japan, Experian Interactive, Yahoo Japan Corporation, and Yahoo!

George earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Hawaii and a J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law.  George also served as a Combat Medic in the US Army Reserves and as a Firefighter & Rescue Crew Chief in the US Air Force.

It is great that George and his team from Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley are attending Techweek18’s headline agritech event. If you want to purchase a ticket to meet George, his team and a host of other global agritech thought leaders, you can purchase one right now through the Techweek18 website.

Peter Wren-Hilton Peter is Executive Director of Agritech New Zealand and founder of Wharf42 in Tauranga. Peter helps organise major agritech conferences in New Zealand and offshore and connects early stage New Zealand agritech companies with international markets.