Our Story

Founding the Venture Capital Industry

Our founder, Pitch Johnson, is one of the earliest venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. He started investing in 1962, forming Draper & Johnson with one of his best friends, Bill Draper. The two of them drove around the fruit orchards of Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, and San Jose in leased Pontiacs, knocking on the doors of any companies that sounded technology-related. Three years later, Pitch formed Asset Management Company.

Driving Innovation

For nearly half a century, Asset Management pushed technology and healthcare innovation to new levels. Some of our early investments included Boole and Babbage, the first venture capital-funded software company; Tandem Computer, the world’s first fault-tolerant computers; and Coherent Laser, one of the first lasers for healthcare applications. In the late 1970’s, Pitch helped form a whole new industry — biotechnology. In 1980, he and Bill Bowes from USVP founded and invested in Applied Molecular Genetics, known today as Amgen.

Sticking To Our Values

Today, AMV continues its diversified approach to venture capital investing by deploying capital in technology and healthcare markets. Our investment team consists of former entrepreneurs with expertise in scientific, engineering and medical fields coupled with years of investing experience. We are now targeting the emerging space of digital health that leverages our expertise in healthcare and technology.

Historical Successes


AMV is a venture capital firm investing in
early-stage digital health, technology and
life sciences companies.

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