A venture capitalist and private equity investment manager based in Menlo Park, California, Hiruy Amanuel is a co-founder and managing partner at A.J. Ventures. Since launching the venture capital firm in 2013, he has closely monitored market trends to identify promising opportunities in Silicon Valley’s middle market consumer sector. Hiruy Amanuel and business partner Alison Littlefield seek to build a diverse portfolio of existing and seed-stage companies, and they currently leverage capital to support firms in the luxury auto and technology sectors. Their investments in the luxury auto sector include the Autobahn Gallery, a pre-owned luxury car dealership serving California’s East Bay. In the tech sector, A.J. Ventures focuses its attention on emerging technologies such as those created by Meta, a developer of innovative augmented reality headsets.
Prior to founding A.J. Ventures, Amanuel honed his management skills within San Francisco’s nightlife industry. The experience inspired his interest in luxury cars, and he soon made a foray into the consumer sector with the establishment of a luxury auto brokerage firm.
In addition to his work in venture capital, Hiruy Amanuel is passionate about connecting individuals in developing nations with opportunities designed to further overall development in their communities. Amanuel is currently exploring investment opportunities within Ethiopia’s rapidly growing technology sector.
Hiruy Amanuel’s commitment to empowering individuals and communities through supporting technology and education is also reflected in his philanthropic endeavors. He is currently working to secure much-needed funding to build schools in Eastern Africa. He also actively supports the Silicon Valley-based Mz Shirliz Transitional, a group dedicated to providing support resources and vocational training to those transitioning from rehabilitation programs, jail, or prison.