ALEXEI ANDREEV

Alexei Andreev

Managing Director

Alexei brings to Autotech a long track record of investing in hard science startups related to both hardware and software, and he enjoys working with companies that build competitive barriers to entry via fundamental IP or strong network effects.

Previously, Alexei was a Managing Director of NY-based VC firm Harris & Harris Group, leading their Silicon Valley office. Prior to H&H, he was at Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ), contributing to their VC investments in advanced manufacturing, quantum computing, and alternative energy.

Dr. Andreev earned his MBA from Stanford, his PhD in Solid State Physics from Moscow Steel & Alloys Institute, and completed coursework for MA in Liberal Sciences from Dartmouth. In his free time, he enjoys studying quantum mechanics, playing basketball, windsurfing, and surrealist artwork.

Dr. Andreev previously served as board director for D-Wave Systems and Adesto Technologies (NASDAQ:IOTS) and former board observer at NeoPhotonics (NYSE:NPTN) and Molecular Imprints (acq. Canon and Magic Leap).

EDITH BESZE

EDITH BESZE

Office Manager

Edith brings to Autotech extensive skills in all aspects of business operations. As Director of Operations of an insurance services brokerage firm, she created and executed strategic visions, marketing plans, cost/benefit analyses, financial projections, and implementation plans. 

As a member of the sales and marketing team with a major airline, she was responsible for generating new business and implementing marketing strategies to increase business, sales, and market share. As President of the Board for the Bay Area Hungarian Scouts, she organized fundraising events for 20 to 200 attendees.

Edith graduated magna cum laude from Menlo College with a BA degree in Business Management and Human Resources.

She also studied Industrial Design, loves to do creative activities and fun projects with her daughter, and is a passionate reader.

MITRA BROOMAND

MITRA BROOMAND

Associate

Mitra brings to Autotech her experience helping corporations harness disruption and transition from industrial to digital conglomerates through open innovation. She was previously a corporate innovation consultant at RocketSpace providing technology and startup intelligence to global Fortune 1000 corporations. She managed the day-to-day delivery of the company’s pilot-focused mobility accelerator program, working with a consortium of corporations including an automaker, energy company, insurance carrier, auto part supplier, and car rental company.

Prior to that she organized executive education programs and conferences centered around emerging technologies at Silicon Valley Innovation Center.

Mitra Graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor Degree in Economics.

Mitra speaks French and Farsi, and enjoys urban hiking, performance arts, and cooking.

TONY DI BONA

Tony Di Bona

Chief Financial Officer

Tony brings to Autotech more than 25 years of experience as a CFO to multiple venture capital firms. His primary focus is venture capital financial management systems, fundraising, partner communication, and financial due diligence.

Tony is a Founding Partner of Redbrick Associates, whose company mission is to bring financial expertise to private equity firms, venture capital firms, and startups.

Prior to founding Redbrick Associates, Tony was General Partner and CFO at Alloy Ventures, a technology VC firm for over 20 years. Tony has a BEc from the University of Sydney, majoring in Accounting and Law.

He is an avid pilot, photographer, and contributor to open source software projects.

ANTHONY FOXX

Anthony Foxx

Advisor

Anthony brings to Autotech a wealth of experience in municipal, state, and federal transportation policy. Anthony served under President Obama as the 17th US Secretary for Transportation from 2013 to 2017. During his tenure, he was responsible for many crucial developments, including advancing nationwide public transit options and laying federal regulatory groundwork for self-driving vehicles and drones. He also oversaw TIGER grants and launched the Smart City Challenge.

Anthony also served as the Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina and championed infrastructure development including a streetcar project. Anthony currently is a founding managing partner of Related Companies leading the new infrastructure division.

 Anthony was the first African American student body president at Davidson College, before earning his JD from New York University School of Law. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

KATE FRY

Kate Fry

Controller

Kate brings to Autotech diverse experience in venture capital financial operations and reporting. Her primary focus is on venture capital, private equity, and early-stage startup financial reporting, private company and intellectual property valuations, and financial due diligence.

Kate is a Partner at Redbrick Associates, whose company mission is to bring financial expertise to private equity firms, venture capital firms, and startups.

Prior to Redbrick Associates, Kate conducted due diligence and valuation calculations for financial statement reporting as an Associate at Alloy Ventures and Consultant at Redwood Valuation Partners. Kate has a BEng in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Bath.

When not out and about hiking with her husband and two daughters, Kate enjoys mountain biking, road cycling, and running.

QUIN GARCIA

Quin Garcia

Managing Director

Quin brings to Autotech a passion for forming ground transport startups, assembling teams of complementary people, raising capital, and growing via partnerships with corporations.

Quin presently serves on the advisory boards of Peloton Technology and Lyft, and previously served as Board Director of Connected Signals and Board Observer of IQTaxi. He was part of the founding team at electric vehicle infrastructure startup Better Place, responsible for partnerships with automakers and auto parts suppliers while living in Israel, Japan, and China.

Prior to that, he was a management consultant at Strategic Management Solutions, serving automaker and consumer electronics clients. While earning his MS degree in Management Science and Automotive Engineering from Stanford, he worked at Stanford’s Dynamic Design Lab developing autonomous vehicles.

While earning his BS degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell, he was a leader of the Cornell Hybrid Electric Vehicle Team. Quin speaks Spanish and Chinese and enjoys tennis, basketball, and driving racecars.

MAURICE GUNDERSON

Maurice Gunderson

Managing Director

Maurice brings to Autotech a unique combination of ground transport industry expertise, a long venture capital career, and experience in partnering with corporations to make successful VC investments.

Maurice currently serves on the board of Gentherm (NASDAQ: THRM), an international auto parts supplier headquartered in Michigan. In 1992, Maurice co-founded Nth Power and subsequently raised multiple VC funds according to the same investment model as Autotech, except focused on the energy sector.

Maurice holds an MBA from Stanford, and a BA and MS in mechanical engineering and thermodynamics from Oregon State University. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is an aircraft owner and lifelong aviator.

Maurice previously served as chairman of Clean Air Power (LSE:CAP) and served as board member of Capstone Turbine (NASDAQ:CPST), Pentadyne (Acq. Phillips Service Industries), NuScale Power (Acq. Fluor), NeoPhotonics (NASDAQ:NPTN), and Visyx (Acq. Tyco).

MARYANN KELLER

Maryann Keller

Advisor

Maryann brings to Autotech over 35 years of automotive expertise as an analyst, author, consultant, and board member of public and private companies. Maryann is currently the founder and principal of Maryann Keller & Associates, a global automotive consulting firm providing advisory services to companies, investors, and professional firms.

Previously, she was an auto industry analyst at Furman, Selz, Mager, Dietz & Birney. During that time, she was named one of the top three auto analysts for twelve consecutive years by Institutional Investor Magazine.

Maryann currently serves on the Board of Directors for AutoCanada, Lee Auto Malls, and DriveTime. She led the 1996 IPO of Cross Country Auto Retailers, the first IPO of a public auto retailer. She also advised Manheim Auctions for more than 12 years and advised on the IPOs of Penske (UAG), Lithia, and Asbury.

Maryann has written two books on the auto industry: “Rude Awakening” & “Collision.” “Rude Awakening” is a winner of the Eccles Prize from Columbia University. Maryann holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Rutgers University and an MBA from Bernard Baruch, School of Business, City University of New York.

Jeff Peters

Jeff Peters

Principal

Jeff brings to Autotech expertise in the technology, market, and policy drivers of emerging transportation sector trends. He conducted a research program as a Research Fellow in Complex Systems at Stanford MS&E that focused on how information, energy, electricity, and transportation technologies might reshape where and how we produce, consume, and live. 

Prior to Stanford, Jeff worked as a research associate in transportation policy at the Congressional Research Service in Washington, DC and an aerospace engineer at Northrop Grumman Space Technology. He spent his formative years taking apart a ‘74 Plymouth Duster, running odd jobs on car lots, and even sold cars over a summer in college. 

Dr. Peters earned his PhD in Energy Economics, MS in Economics, MSE in Transportation Engineering from Purdue University – where he also co-founded TEDxPurdueU, and a BSE in aerospace engineering from the University of Michigan.

He has climbed several ‘14ers’, trekked to Everest Base Camp, and tested an experiment onboard NASA’s zero-gravity “Vomit Comet”. He spends his free time skiing, camping, and hiking with his wife, Shaili, and dog, Scooter.

BYRON SHAW

Byron Shaw

Advisor

Byron brings to Autotech deep expertise in the automotive industry, corporate venture capital, and startups. Byron is currently a board member of Gentherm, a publicly traded auto parts supplier headquartered in Michigan.

Previously, he headed General Motors’ Silicon Valley office and was a founder of General Motors Ventures. Prior to GM, Byron founded BMW’s Silicon Valley office and laid the groundwork for BMW iVentures.

Byron holds a PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and a BS degree in German Language and Literature from MIT. Byron lives with his family on a farm in North Carolina and is fluent in German.

Byron is a board member of Renovo Motors and iGate NEST Cleantech Incubator. He is also the founder and CTO of Ready Solar.

JOHN STOCKTON

John Stockton

Advisor

John brings to Autotech a successful history as a venture capitalist, entrepreneur, and CEO. He was previously a venture partner with Mayfield Fund, leading their investments in semiconductors, materials, and energy.

Prior to joining the Mayfield Fund, John took ARC International to a successful exit as Chairman and Interim CEO. John was a part of the founding team at the storied ARM Limited, one of his most successful exits in the semiconductor space.

John holds a BS degree in Nuclear and Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Austin, where he enjoys driving his Porsche, reading about emerging technologies, and running marathons.

John was a member of the founding team of ARM Limited (NASDAQ:ARMH) and ARC International (Acq. Synopsys) where he also served as chairman. He also served as board member of Silicon Hive (Acq. Intel) and Lynx Labs (Acq. Occipital) and served as board observer of Lattice Power (Acq. SFCE).

MASAHIRO SUZUKI

Masahiro Suzuki

Partner, Director of Strategic Services

Masahiro brings to Autotech his expertise in executing strategic technology projects with automotive corporations. He was previously Director of Corporate Planning at Toyota Motor, providing internal strategy consulting and forming technology partnerships with outside corporations while reporting directly to the CEO and Board of Directors.

Prior to Toyota Motor, he was with automotive trading corporation Toyota Tsusho leading international projects in import, export, and distribution of vehicles and related components.

Early in his career, he worked in commercial banking at Mizuho Bank in Japan. Masahiro graduated from the Executive MBA program at Stanford and holds a BA degree in Psychology from Nagoya University.

Masahiro speaks Japanese, enjoys going to the Palo Alto farmer’s market, and enjoys cooking with his wife and daughter.

ALAN TAUB

Alan Taub

Advisor

Alan brings to Autotech the perspective of a senior automotive technology executive. Alan is presently a professor at University of Michigan Ann Arbor and CTO of Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow in Detroit.

Alan served for many years as head of Global R&D for General Motors, leading their seven advanced technology laboratories around the globe. Prior to GM, Alan worked at Ford Motor, where he led the vehicle crash safety team and Lincoln vehicle engineering group.

Alan earned his PhD and MS in Applied Physics at Harvard, and his BS degree in Materials Engineering from Brown. Alan lives in Michigan with his family, and frequently visits Israel on behalf of the transportation startups he supports.

Alan served as board member of CellEra (Acq. Elbit) and serves as board member of BrightWay Vision and Nine Sigma.