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Announcing the startups and judges onstage at TC Sessions: Mobility 2022 – TechCrunch 

 May 9, 2022

TechCrunch is pleased to announce the six companies that will be presenting themselves in person and on stage at TC Sessions Mobility 2022. Founders from across the US and around the world will present on the main stage for four minutes, followed by an intense Q&A with our expert panel of judges.

The judges for this pitch-off on day one will be Yoon Choi (Muirwoods Ventures), Mar Hershenson (Pear VC), Gabriel Scheer (Elemental Excelerator); Sven Strohband (Khosla Ventures), Victoria Beasley (Prelude Ventures), John Du (GM Ventures) on day two. See below for more details on each judge.

All right then. I know you want to see who made the cut. Join us on Wednesday, May 18th and Thursday, May 19th to see these incredible founders take the stage

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Startups pitch on the main stage

Day 1 – Wednesday, May 18: 1:10 PM – 1:45 PM PDT

Co-op Technologies (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) – Presenter: Sergey Litvinenko, Co-Founder and CEO

“Koop Technologies is an iInsurance platform for autonomous vehicles and robotics. The Singularity Platform is essentially a combination of 3 tools that Koop developed: Koop API, Portal By Koop and Insurability Sufficiency Framework (ISF). Koop provides autonomy assurance through data collection and proprietary analytics packaged in the UX/UI provided by the portal.”

Boston Materials (Billerica, MA, USA) – Moderator: Anvesh Gurijala, Founder & CEO

“Boston Materials is a performance materials company that enables manufacturers of industrial and consumer products to break through their design compromises with new materials. The company’s patented Z-axis Fiber™ technology is a lightweight material that has an exceptional ability to diffuse energy (e.g. from impact, heat or electrical surges). It is made from 100% recycled carbon fiber and enables new, energy-efficient products to be mass-produced with a low carbon footprint.”

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Swyft cities (Mountain View, CA) – Presenter: Jeral Poskey, CEO

Swyft is a new form of urban mobility that uses autonomous cabs on light cable infrastructure to solve transportation problems in densely built-up areas such as corporate campuses, airports, universities and tourism areas. Swyft adds a new connection and increases the site’s capacity with an attractive alternative to the car. This increases capacity in an area, allowing for higher density and more profitable developments. It also reduces parking and transportation costs. In some areas there can be great value in providing connections within the site.”

Day 2 – Thursday, May 19: 1:15 – 1:45 p.m. PDT

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Beyond Aero (Paris/Toulouse, France) – Presenter: Eloa Guillotin, Co-Founder and CEO

“Beyond Aero enables long-haul electric aircraft with hydrogen-electric propulsion. The first aircraft is a zero-emission private jet (6-9 seats), designed to be hydrogen powered and has a range of 1,000 miles.”

meter feeder (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) – Presenter: Jim Gibbs, Co-Founder and CEO

MeterFeeder enables parking fees, data and management for individuals, fleets and municipalities. “MeterFeeder enables individual users to easily pay with geolocation, keeping fleets compliant and paying quickly when needed. MeterFeeder provides backend software, enforcement devices and payment platforms are cost-effective.”

DIMO (Brooklyn, NY, USA) – Presenter: Andy Chatham, Co-Founder

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“DIMO enables a new class of mobility applications that developers can build on real data. DIMO relies on a network of drivers and fleets to collect and share their vehicle data to learn more about their vehicle, save money and develop better mobility applications.”

expert jury

day 1

Yoon Choi – Muirwoods Ventures

“Yoon was a venture investor and strategic partner to many Silicon Valley startups/founders for 18 years prior to Muirwood. Yoon founded a seed fund, Forest Ventures, focused on the automotive sector and was an investment director at SAIC Capital, one of the leading companies in China’s automotive industry. Prior to SAIC, she led the corporate venture group at Maxim Integrated, where she led several strategic technology acquisitions and venture investments. Early in her career, Yoon was one of the founding members of Samsung Ventures.”

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Mar Hershenson – Pear VC

Mar Hershenson Pear VC“Mar Hershenson is the co-founder and managing partner of Pear VC, a seed-stage investment firm in Palo Alto that backs companies such as Guardant Health (NASDAQ: GH), Doordash (NYSE: DASH), Gusto and Branch. Mar has been named to Midas’ list of top tech investors for 2021.”
Mar is a successful serial entrepreneur with numerous industry awards. Mar received her PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 2000 for her pioneering work in circuit design automation

Gabriel Scheer – Elemental Excelerator

Gabe Scheer Elemental Excelerator“Gabriel is Director of Innovation with a focus on mobility and energy at Elemental Excelerator, a climatetech accelerator founded in Hawaii in 2009. Previously, Gabriel was a member of Lime’s founding team, where he spent three years working on government relations, data policies and global transit partnerships. He has also worked and consulted at Chariot, Zipcar, Superpedestrian and Spin. He also founded and led a large non-profit environmental organization and built a social innovation consultancy. He was also trying to build a business that would help small businesses do energy efficiency retrofits.”

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day 2

Victoria Beasley – Prelude Ventures

Prelude Ventures investor“Victoria is a General Partner at Prelude Ventures, where its investments in climate technology span mobility, food and agriculture, clean energy, sustainable clothing and carbon markets. Prior to Prelude Ventures, Victoria worked on climate change strategy at BCG and founded an agricultural supply chain company. Previously, she headed the finance department of a large solar manufacturer. Victoria holds an MBA and MS in Environment and Resources from Stanford University. She also has a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Copland Fellow. Victoria lives in San Francisco with her husband and young son.”

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Sven Strohband—Khosla Ventures

Sven Strohband“Sven Strohband is a Partner and Managing Director at Khosla Ventures and led the company’s early investments in Berkshire Grey, GitLab, Hermeus and Rocket Lab, among others. An engineer at heart, Sven is passionate about technologies that create new industries and accelerate novel user experiences.
Previously, he spent six years at Mohr Davidow Ventures, where he led technical due diligence for infrastructure IT and sustainability practices, working with the portfolio to recruit technical talent, conduct product market fit experiments and develop fundraising strategies .”
Strohband has also been a PM at Volkswagen, ran Stanley, Stanford Racing’s autonomous car, co-founded Metamind and sits on the board of directors of various companies. He has a BA from Purdue University and a Ph.D from Stanford University.”

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John Du – GM Ventures

screen-shot-2022-05-17-at-8-39-29-amJohn Du is a Partner at GM Ventures and Chief Technologist for GM China. Prior to this appointment, John was director of the China Science Lab of General Motors’ research and development organization, which he led since its inception in 2009. He was responsible for building a strong and innovative research team and leading the research and development of smart and connected vehicles, batteries, advanced materials and electrified propulsion systems.
Prior to GM, Du held several positions at Intel Corp in 1993 and led the expansion of Intel’s network processor business in China in 2001; as director of the Intel China Research Center.
John received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from Beijing Institute of Technology in 1989 and an Executive MBA from China Europe International Business School in 2010.

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