TechFire Presents:
Mobility 20/20


Nov. 6, 2019 • Silicon Valley

TechFire’s Summit on the Future of Mobility

Autonomous Vehicles • Micromobility

With past speakers like Aurora’s Chris Urmson, NHTSA’s Heidi King, & C-Level leaders from Bird & Lyft, TechFire has been featured in Techmeme’s list of nationally-significant tech conferences. Founded in Santa Monica, after more than 45 events, we’re bringing our summit series to the Bay Area on Nov. 6!




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.

Speakers Being Invited for 2019

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.

A sampling of the kind of leaders to be invited:

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

  • Autonomous Vehicle leaders: Aurora CEO Chris Urmson (past speaker), Cruise CEO Dan Ammann, Argo AI CEO Bryan Salesky, 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: Bird Founder/CEO Travis VanderZanden, Lime 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

  • Venture Capitalists: Reilly Brennan (Trucks Venture Capital), Bradley Tusk (Tusk Ventures), Upfront Ventures’ Mark Suster, Index Ventures’ Mike Volpi/Martin Mignot, et al

  • Top Government Leaders: NHTSA chief Heidi King (past speaker), California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) Secretary David Kim (past attendee), AV START legislative leaders such as US Senator Gary Peters (past speaker), LADOT chief Seleta Reynolds (past speaker), Open Mobility Foundation’s Jascha Franklin-Hodge on the Mobility Data Specification (MDS), the Micromobility Coalition’s Ryan McConaghy, Eno Center for Transportation’s Paul Lewis; Rep. Bob Latta (author of the SELF DRIVE Act), Lyft’s Anthony Foxx (past speaker), Bird’s Dave Estrada (past speaker), et al

While this may be a tentative list of speakers 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

  • The Future of Micromobility: what’s next for scooters, e-bikes, and beyond: are business models sustainable, or will we see massive consolidation? Will we continue to see major innovation or has the sector reached a plateau?

  • Startup pitches by pre-screened mobility startups

  • Mobility Policy: Micromobility & Autonomous Vehicles Policy: the latest on renewed efforts to pass federal autonomous vehicles legislation (the AV START Act), 2020 preview on AV & micromobility legislation and regulation, the privacy and Mobility Data Specification (MDS) debate, removing caps and regulatory barriers to growth

(* draft list; may change depending on speakers’ expertise.)


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

When & Where

Wed., Nov. 6, 2019 • Silicon Valley


8 am Networking
9 am Conference program begins, featuring:

  • Welcoming Remarks

  • Keynotes, Fireside Chats, and Panels

  • Networking Break

  • More Keynotes, Fireside Chats, and Panels

  • Plus: pitches by pre-screened mobility startups

11 am Networking

(subject to change)

The venue in the South Bay (Silicon Valley) 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 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.

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Past Events

TechFire has hosted more than 45 events since 2013.

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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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About TechFire

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