Alex Yu is a business development/corporate development executive, venture capitalist, and entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, focused on on wireless/mobile and cloud services. Currently, Alex leads Facebook mobile partnership and strategic initiatives across global mobile ecosystems including device OEMs, wireless operators, and technology partners.
Previously, Alex led new business development and technology partnerships for Mobile/Android at Google (Android Platform, Android One, Android TV, Google Now, Android Wear, Speech). Before Google, Alex was Director of Market Strategy and Business Development for the service provider segment, leading a team to cover wireless, wireline, video, and managed services for Cisco's $13B service provider segment. Before that he was the head of wireless in Cisco's corporate development area, working to expand Cisco's global wireless business through equity investment (Amobee, acquired by Singtel $321M in 2012), partnerships, and M&A ($2.9B acquisition of Starent in Oct 2009).
Prior to Cisco, Alex was a venture partner at Gabriel Venture Partners, an early-stage $260M VC firm based in Silicon Valley where he served his fellowship. Before that, he was a managing director in an early-stage angel fund, Starting Point Partners, based in Silicon Valley.
Before his venture career, Alex was a vice president at Liberate Technologies, a supplier of Internet-based software for information appliances, where he was involved with the firm's strategic investments, and also built a business development and sales team for the Asia Pacific. Before Liberate, Alex was Director of Engineering for 3D graphics at Cirrus Logic and held management positions in both technology licensing and product development at The 3DO Company.
Alex began his professional career in the technical development of a new generation of PowerPC-based Mac at Apple Computer, and SPARC Microprocessor development at Sun Microsystems. Alex has been involved in angel investing since the early '90s and is on the board of advisors of several privately held companies.
Education, Personal, and Fellowship
Alex holds an MSEE degree from Stanford focusing on computer aided design and computer architecture, and a BSEE degree, with Honors, from CalTech.
Alex enjoys hiking, swimming, golf, and traveling. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and lives in Palo Alto with his wife Lisa and daughter Victoria.
Alex is a member of Class 7 and served his fellowship at Gabriel Venture Partners in Redwood Shores, CA under the mentorship of Rick Bolander. He later served as a mentor to Lak Ananth (Class 12).