Nov. 6, 2019 • San Francisco

Future of Mobility Summit

Autonomous Vehicles + Micromobility

Featuring BMW i Ventures, Maniv Mobility, Alliance Ventures, AAA, Wind, and more! With past speakers like Aurora’s Chris Urmson, NHTSA’s Heidi King, & C-Level leaders from Bird & Lyft across our more than 45 past events, it’s no wonder TechFire has been recognized in Techmeme’s list of nationally-significant tech conferences. Join us and see for yourself what the buzz is about!



Past & Present

If there’s one thing TechFire is known for across our 45+ past events, it’s for attracting the top speakers around. This summit will be no exception, featuring a lineup of the top leaders shaping the future of mobility across autonomous vehicles, micromobility, mobility policy, and venture capital.

Pictured at right: TechFire’s 2017 Self-Driving Car Summit with Aurora’s Chris Urmson, NHTSA chief Heidi King, and Applied Minds’ & Toyota Research Institute advisor Bran Ferren; TechFire’s 2018 Micromobility Summit with Lyft’s Anthony Foxx and LADOT’s Seleta Reynolds; and other events featuring leaders from Bird and Spin and VCs and elected officials.

Past Speakers

  • Aurora Co-Founder/CEO Chris Urmson

  • NHTSA chief Heidi King

  • LADOT GM Seleta Reynolds

  • Applied Minds’ Bran Ferren (advisor to Toyota Research Institute)

  • Lyft’s Anthony Foxx (Chief Policy Officer & Senior Advisor to the President & CEO; former US Secretary of Transportation under President Obama)

  • Bird’s Dave Estrada (Chief Policy & Legal Officer)

  • Bird investor Saar Gur (General Partner @ CRV)

  • And more from Spin, Kleiner Perkins, Index Ventures, Upfront Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Greylock, Lightspeed, First Round, SV Angel, et al.

Confirmed Speakers

The Fall 2019 speaking lineup will be announced soon, featuring the top names from the worlds of autonomous vehicles, micromobility, venture capital, mobility policy, and beyond. But we already have a few names to announce:

Dr. Ulrich Quay, Managing Partner, BMW i Ventures (CONFIRMED)


As the Managing Partner of BMW i Ventures, Dr. Ulrich Quay heads BMW’s €500 million ($550 million+) corporate venture capital fund.

BMW i Ventures invests across autonomous driving, industry 4.0, digital car & automotive cloud, shared & on-demand mobility, e-mobility, customer digital life, AI/data/cyber security, and energy services.

A sampling of portfolio companies include Fair, Lime, May Mobility, Nauto, RideCell, and Zendrive, Turo, and Zūm.

BMW i Ventures is headquartered in Silicon Valley, also has offices in San Francisco and Munich.

Dr. Quay has been with BMW i Ventures since 2011, and previously was with BMW in Germany and the UK.

Christian Noske, Director of Direct Investments, Alliance Ventures (CONFIRMED)


Christian Noske is Direct Investments Director, and Deputy Head of Alliance Ventures, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi’s $1 billion venture capital fund.

Co-located in Amsterdam, Silicon Valley, Paris, Yokohama, Beijing and Tel Aviv, Alliance Ventures invests $200 million annually on behalf of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. Launched in 2018, the fund targets technology and business model innovation in vehicle electrification, autonomous systems, car connectivity and new mobility services. Christian leads the investment team with headquarters in Silicon Valley.

Previously with BMW i Ventures, Christian earlier was CFO for a digital agency that was acquired by WPP, and worked in Finance and Business Development for Robert Bosch GmbH in Germany and Asia.

Michael Granoff, Founder/Managing Partner, Maniv Mobility (CONFIRMED)


Michael Granoff is founder and Managing Partner of Maniv Mobility. Maniv, a VC firm focused exclusively on mobility startups, just raised their latest $100 million fund. Based in Israel, Maniv invests globally. The Drive calls Maniv “a venture capital powerhouse” that is “among the most well-connected and most-respected in the sector, and serves as an advance scout for many other investors.”

Aside from startup boards, Mr.  Granoff serves on the board of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), a DC-based policy and advocacy organization, and is a past board member of electric car network developer Better Place. He has been involved in three US Presidential campaigns and in 2010 received Brandeis University’s Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship. Mr. Granoff holds a B.A. from Tufts, an MBA and JD from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and is a veteran marathon runner and father of four.

Eric Wang, Co-Founder/CEO, Wind Mobility (CONFIRMED)


Eric Wang is Co-Founder & CEO of Wind Mobility, a scooter startup with European roots that’s backed by $72 million in funding. Wind currently operates in 20+ cities across Europe, Israel and Asia, including  Germany, France, Spain, Israel, Austria, Portugal, Denmark, Korea and Japan. The company currently employs more than 120 people worldwide.

Wind was founded as BYKE, Europe's first dockless e-scooter and bike sharing startup. Eric previously co-founded Wodache, China's first ridesharing platform.

Ignacio Garcia, VP of Autonomous Vehicles Strategy, AAA (NCNU) (CONFIRMED)


Ignacio Garcia is Vice President of Autonomous Vehicles Strategy at AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah where he is transforming the 118-year old motor club into a leader in automated mobility safety, leveraging one of America’s most trusted brands.

In this role, he also oversees GoMentum Station in Concord, California, one of the largest secure testing facilities for advancing the safe development and deployment of automated and connected vehicle technology. To increase awareness, education and understanding around the safety and mobility benefits of self-driving vehicles to the public, his group partnered with Waymo on the Let’s Talk Self Driving campaign in 2019, and in November 2017 launched the first and largest self-driving shuttle for public use in live traffic in downtown Las Vegas, a 1-year pilot serving over 32,000 riders.

Previously, Ignacio has held engineering and program management positions at Toyota, Tesla and Amazon in United States, Europe and Japan. He holds a MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, a MSc in Automotive Engineering from Cranfield University and a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Additional Speakers Being Invited

In addition to those already confirmed (above), a sampling of the kind of other leaders being invited:

  • Multimodal Mobility leaders: Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Lyft CEO Logan Green / President John Zimmer, and Ford CEO Jim Hackett

  • Autonomous Vehicle leaders: Cruise CEO Dan Ammann or Co-Founders Kyle Vogt or Daniel Kan, Nuro Co-Founder & President Dave Ferguson, Bran Ferren (Applied Minds / advisor to Toyota Research Institute) (a 2x past TechFire speaker), Uber’s Eric Meyhofer (Head of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group), and more

  • Micromobility leaders: Lime CEO Brad Bao or President Joe Kraus, Spin Co-Founder/CEO Derrick Ko, Ford X chief Sunny Madra, Uber’s Head of New Mobility Rachel Holt / Head of New Mobility Robotics Alan Wells / JUMP Founder/CEO Ryan Rzepecki, Lyft’s Head of Micromobility Policy Caroline Samponaro, et al

  • Analysts: Asymco’s Horace Dediu, Navigant Research’s Sam Abuelsamid, Ride Report’s Michal Nakashimada, et al

  • Top Government & Policy Leaders: CalSTA Deputy Secretary for Innovative Mobility Solutions, NHTSA’s new acting chief (former chief Heidi King is a past speaker), leaders on AV START (US Senator Gary Peters (D-Mich) is a past speaker) such as the Chair Frank Pallone or Ranking Members Greg Walden or Members of the House Energy & Commerce Committee (e.g. Rep. Matsui or Rep. Eshoo), CPUC Commissioner Genevieve Shiroma, LADOT’s Seleta Reynolds (past speaker) / Open Mobility Foundation’s Jascha Franklin-Hodge on the Mobility Data Specification (MDS), Micromobility Coalition’s Ryan McConaghy, Eno Center for Transportation’s Paul Lewis; National League of Cities Transportation Chair James McDonald, Lyft’s Anthony Foxx (past speaker), Bird’s Dave Estrada (past speaker) etc

  • Venture Capitalists: Reilly Brennan (Trucks), Simon Rothman (Greylock) et al

While this may be a tentative list of speakers being invited/to be invited and there won’t be time for everyone obviously, just look at our list of past speakers from past events (at bottom) to get a sense for the incredible lineup you can expect at our events. And this promises to be our best event yet!




Key Themes to be addressed:

  • The Road Ahead for Autonomous Vehicles: what’s next for AVs; “Are We There Yet?”: addressing public expectation vs. reality on how long the journey to Level 4 (and 5) autonomy will take; what new types of startups and industry partnerships are likely in 2020 and beyond.

    • Plus: a panel on autonomous vehicle testing & safety.

  • The Future of Micromobility: what’s next for scooters, e-bikes, and beyond: will we see consolidation as the market matures? Will we continue to see major innovation on modes, or has the sector reached a plateau?

  • Policy: Micromobility & Autonomous Vehicles Policy

  • PLUS: startup pitches by pre-screened mobility startups (time permitting)

(* draft list; final themes will be based on confirmed speakers’ expertise.)




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Past Sponsors include Lyft, Spin/Ford, Accenture, Fenwick & West, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, DLA Piper, Deloitte, EY, CBRE, and more.


Exhibitor tables may be purchased directly on the ticketing page.

When & Where

Wed., Nov. 6, 2019 • San Francisco Bay Area


8 am Networking
9 am Summit Program

  • Welcoming Remarks

  • Keynotes, Fireside Chats, and Panels

  • Networking Break @ Exhibitor Hall

  • More Keynotes, and Fireside Chats/Panels

  • Pitch(es) by a pre-selected startup (time permitting)

12:20 pm Program Concludes; More Networking to Follow

(subject to change)

The venue in the San Francisco Bay Area will be announced soon. Past TechFire events have been hosted by Google (such as the event pictured above), Microsoft, and even the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office at the private penthouse event venue atop City Hall.

Network With
Top Industry Leaders

Don’t miss the chance to network with the industry’s top leaders: founders and executives from new mobility startups, executives from automakers and other titans of mobility, elected and regulatory leaders, venture capitalists, media, and other tech and business leaders.

Past Attendees: 

Corporate / Startups / Media / Academia / & More:

GM Cruise • Bird • Spin (Ford) • Lyft • Google • Tesla • Lyft • TechCrunch • Techstars • Warner Bros (VR for Self-Driving Cars Team) • Toyota • Hyundai • Enterprise Holdings • The Walt Disney Company • Upfront Ventures • Hulu • Techstars • Northrop Grumman • Greycroft • McKinsey • CBRE • Los Angeles Times • Pando • Credit Suisse • Goldman Sachs • JP Morgan • NBC Universal • Sony • Dreamworks • Bloomberg • Fortune / Autonocast • The Drive • AAA • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce • Milken Institute • New York Life • WSGR • DLA Piper • TriNet • University of Southern California • UCLA Anderson School of Management • UK Dept. for International Trade • National League of Cities • CoMotion LA / NewCities Foundation • & More

Federal / State / Local Government Agencies:

US Department of Transportation • NHTSA • Federal Highway Administration • Federal Transit Administration • Los Angeles Mayor's Office • Los Angeles Department of Transportation • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority • City of Beverly Hills, CA • City of Santa Monica, CA • Contra Costa Transportation Authority • LA County Board of Supervisors • City of College Park, Maryland • City of Fort Collins, Colorado • City of Kansas City, Missouri • Pasadena (CA) DOT • City of SeaTac, Washington • Mayor of London's Office • SoCal Assn. of Governments (SCAG) • & More

Who Should Attend:

  • Micromobility / Bikesharing / Scooter / Transit / Active Transportation Leaders and Activists

  • Elected Officials, Transportation Policymakers/Regulators, and Urban Planners • Transportation Leaders & Advocates • State/Local/Federal Agency Staff  

  • Founders/Executives/Employees from Startups & Established Companies in the Mobility / Autonomous Vehicles Space

  • Auto Industry Executives 

  • Entrepreneurs 

  • AI / ML Experts • AV Test Engineers 

  • Venture Capitalists & Angel Investors

  • Reporters • Industry Analysts

  • You!

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Past Events

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More Past Speakers

In addition to mobility leaders noted above like Aurora’s Chris Urmson, we’ve hosted top founders and VCs from across sectors in Silicon Valley, and C-level leaders from giants like Warner Bros. and PBS.

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