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 a board director or observer of numerous companies including D-Wave Systems, Adesto Technologies (NASDAQ:IOTS), Xradia (acq. by Zeiss), 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-HUBER

MITRA BROOMAND-HUBER

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.

MITRA BROOMAND-HUBER

BURAK CENDEK

Principal

Burak brings to Autotech a never-ending passion for helping founders combined with broad business and technical experience. Having worked with more than 200 entrepreneurs, he is considered an expert on growth strategies, financial/business modeling and fundraising.

Burak previously was a junior partner at Revo Capital, investing primarily in B2B SaaS businesses in Europe. Before joining Revo Capital, he was the COO of Sente in Chicago where he launched and ran start-up accelerator programs across the globe. Prior to Sente, Burak was a consultant at ZS Associates, a global marketing sales consulting firm, for 7 years. Burak began his career as a project manager at GM EMD. Burak also launched two start-ups: a home-services marketplace and a meal-kit delivery platform.

Burak earned a BS in Electrical Engineering at California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and an MBA at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

In his free time, Burak enjoys traveling and discovering new restaurants with his family, playing poker with friends, and reading about neuroscience, physics, and history.

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 enabling the success of mobility entrepreneurs by advising them on business development, recruitment, fundraising, and competitive differentiation. Raised in Silicon Valley, Quin is a lifelong “car guy” who has spent his career solving transportation problems with technology. He has dedicated his career to using technology to create safe, equitable, convenient, clean transportation for all.

In addition to his work with Autotech Ventures portfolio companies, Quin has served in his personal capacity as a Board Director, Board Observer, or Advisory Board member at numerous mobility startups, including Lyft, Peloton Technology, and Connected Signals. He was part of the founding team at the electric vehicle infrastructure startup Better Place, responsible for partnerships with automakers and parts suppliers while living in Israel, Japan, and China.

Quin holds a MS degree in Management Science and Automotive Engineering from Stanford and a BS degree with High Honors in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell.

Quin speaks English, Spanish, and Chinese and enjoys driving race cars.

MAURICE GUNDERSON

Maurice Gunderson

Venture Partner

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).

DANIEL HOFFER

Daniel Hoffer

Managing Director

Daniel brings to Autotech his experience as a successful startup founder, advisor, and investor.  Previously, Daniel was a Partner at Tandem Capital and Senior Director in Concur’s corporate venture capital team.

Prior to his career in venture capital he was the Co-founder and CEO of CouchSurfing and an entrepreneur-in-residence at Benchmark Capital. He also held executive product roles at Norton (Symantec) and TripIt (Concur/SAP). Daniel has invested in and advised several seed and pre-seed stage transport and mobility startups including XStream Trucking, Firefly, and SpotHero.

Daniel received his Bachelor Degree in Philosophy from Harvard College and his MBA from Columbia Business School.

When he is not working with startups, Daniel doubles as a martial arts instructor.

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.

DAVID MCSHANE

David McShane

EVP of Corporate Partnerships

David brings a broad cross-section of mobility and industrial experience to Autotech working both in and with start-up companies to create business strategies that rapidly commercialize new technology and business models.

David joined Autotech from Ricardo where he was President of the software division. Ricardo is a global, multi-industry engineering company advancing technology, product innovation and strategy. Prior to Ricardo, David has held leadership roles in several start-up organizations in areas of distributed generation, energy storage, high-efficiency electric motors, and hybrid vehicles taking these companies through commercial transformation to exit.

David holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine where he also continued with his postgraduate research specializing in power electronics and controls. He enjoys supporting STEM education, coaching venture start-up teams, spending time with family, traveling, and exploring different cultures.

Previously, Dr. McShane served on the board of Wellington Drive as CEO and on the board of Ricardo. David also served in board advisory roles to Tour Engines and Antenum.

Jeff Peters

Jeff Peters

Principal

Jeff brings to Autotech wide-ranging engineering, economics, and investing expertise in the transportation industry and beyond. He has a passion for understanding the business impacts of emerging technology and market trends. At Autotech, Jeff enjoys partnering with entrepreneurs to create and capture value in these emerging opportunities.

Jeff previously studied infrastructure networks as complex systems while a research fellow at Stanford. Prior to Stanford, he conducted independent transportation research for the US Congress and began his career as an aerospace engineer at Northrop Grumman Space Technology. He has published several academic articles on mathematical optimization applied to transportation and energy systems.

Jeff has a PhD in Applied Economics, MS in Economics, MSE in Transportation Engineering from Purdue University – where he co-founded TEDxPurdueU, and BSE in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan.

He has worked on a ’74 Duster, sold new and used cars, climbed several ‘14ers’, trekked to Everest Base Camp, and tested an experiment in zero-gravity onboard NASA’s “Vomit Comet”.

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.