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 NYC-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 his MA in Liberal Sciences from Dartmouth. In his free time, he enjoys studying quantum mechanics, playing basketball, windsurfing, and surrealist artwork.

Portfolio:
D-Wave Systems, current board director
Adesto Technologies (NASDAQ: IOTS),
former board director
NeoPhotonics (NYSE: NPTN), former board observer
Molecular Imprints (acq. by Canon and Magic Leap), former board observer

TAMARA AUSTIN

TAMARA AUSTIN

Operations Manager

Tamara brings to Autotech a deep expertise in all facets of business operations. The former President and CEO of Classic Connections Travel, she pioneered the concept of combining professional recertification training with destination travel and fee based services. Foreseeing the changes to the travel industry, she successfully negotiated a merger with a national agency.

As the Western Division Administrator for Young Life, Tamara coordinated operations and activities in 15 western states and at nine different camps for 28,000 youths. She organized many fundraising & training events with sponsors and entertainment personalities for 20 to 4,000 attendees.

Most recently as the Director of Operations of a multi-state technical staffing company, Tamara directed an increase of 25 percent in revenue and over 100 percent in gross profit during her last two years with the company.

Portfolio:
Classic Connections Travel founder (Acq: Ambassador Travel)
Western WA Young Life – Former Board Member
Western Division Young Life – Former Board Member

When Tamara isn’t keeping her finger on the pulse of business, she works at raising her own pulse competing in international racing competitions, swimming and singing.

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.

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

QUIN GARCIA

Quin Garcia

Managing Director

Quin brings to Autotech a passion for forming ground transport startups, assembling teams of complimentary people, raising capital, and growing via partnerships with corporations. He was part of the founding team at 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.

Portfolio:
Connected Signals, current board member
IQTaxi, current board observer
Peloton Technologies, current board advisor
Lyft, current board advisor

MAURICE GUNDERSON

Maurice Gunderson

Advisor

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.

Portfolio:
Clean Air Power (LSE: CAP), former chairman
Capstone Turbine (NASDAQ: CPST),
former board member
Pentadyne (Acq: Phillips Service Industries),
former board member
NuScale Power (Acq: Fluor), former board member
NeoPhotonics (NASDAQ: NPTN), former board member
Visyx (Acq: Tyco), former board member

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, he 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. 

Jeff 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.

Portfolio:
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.

Portfolio:
Renovo Motors, current board member
iGate NEST Cleantech Incubator,
current board member
Ready Solar, founder and CTO

JOHN STOCKTON

John Stockton

Venture Partner

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.

Portfolio:
ARM Limited (NASDAQ: ARMH), founding team
ARC International (Acq: Synopsys),
founding team and chairman
Silicon Hive (Acq: Intel), former board member
Lattice Power (Acq: SFCE), board observer
Lynx labs (Acq: Occipital), former board member

MASAHIRO SUZUKI

Masahiro Suzuki

Strategic Services Partner

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 at Stanford and holds a BA degree in Psychology from Nagoya University.

Portfolio:
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.

Portfolio:
CellEra (Acq: Elbit), current board member
BrightWay Vision, current board member
Nine Sigma, current board member