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Venture capital firms
have varied approaches
Founder and venture partner at Fontinalis
Partners, started with Bill Ford and Ralph
Booth in 2009
"We believe we were pioneers and the
first movers in this [mobility] space. But
mobility was pretty narrowly defined
back then: Uber and Lyft didn't exist,
lidar companies didn't exist. ... Some of
our first investments were smart parking,
pay by cellphone. Parkmobile was a company we invested in early on and ended
up selling to BMW.
"But it has expanded in the last decade,
so we expanded our definition of mobility
with it. And it now includes movement
of goods, services, people - and it's
not just auto but marine, logistics, air,
trucking, lots of things. But it's still future
mobility as a focus."
Partner, head of Hella Ventures
"We strongly prefer to invest in startups alongside top-tier financial VC like
Kleiner Perkins or Lightspeed Venture
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in mind that venture capital firms each
have their own approach, depending
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Partners. ... and we only invest
if we can convince an executive VP at Hella to commit to
work with the startup.
"If we get involved, then you have
our commitment that we will roll up our
sleeves and work with the company to
actually bring them to market. Combining
these two things is more work-intensive
because you're not only an investor but
you're also supporting the startup as
an internal business developer. But ultimately you're seen as somebody who
helps the VC community, the startup
community and provides tangible benefits to Hella, which in the long run provides you access to the best companies
in the world."
Partner at Co-Created
"We partner with big corporations who
are facing a lot of sideways disruption
from new startups or new technologies. We work with them to first scan
the market to see if there's any potential
acquisitions ... because a lot of the times
the C-suite won't hear about these companies until they're already ... making too
big of a mess for them. If there aren't
any good deals to be done, then we
co-create a new digital business, which
is separated enough from the
core business that it can really
kind of flourish on its own as a
"It's got about an 18-month runway.
And then ... they either continue to operate it as a separate subsidiary or they
bring it into ... the bigger organization.
Some of them they'll sell off because
that can help their balance sheet. And
then finally, some of them just don't work
and so we shut those down."
Managing director at Motoring Ventures
"Our approach is to encourage businesses that the next growth market
opportunity ... is the African continent.
So whether that be automakers, Tier 1
or Tier 2 suppliers or aftermarket product manufacturers. We try to show them
the opportunity of the growing markets
around the continent: 1.3 billion people
growing to 2.5 billion people, the largest
work force in the world will be on the
African continent by 2035.
"If you look at the 90 million vehicles
that are produced per year - the African
continent with 17 percent of the world's
population, producing a little more than
1.5 percent of the world's vehicles - it
kind of shows the opportunity." n
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Shift Magazine - April 2020
From the Editor
Did You Know?
Into the Unknown
The Coasts With the Most
And the Honorees Are ...
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Shift Magazine - April 2020 - From the Editor
Shift Magazine - April 2020 - Did You Know?
Shift Magazine - April 2020 - Into the Unknown
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Shift Magazine - April 2020 - Q &A
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Shift Magazine - April 2020 - The Coasts With the Most
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Shift Magazine - April 2020 - And the Honorees Are ...
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Shift Magazine - April 2020 - Trategic Startups
Shift Magazine - April 2020 - Last Mile
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