Mobility Meets VC: Transportation Reinvented
Friday, March 11
5:00PM - 6:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
For nearly 100 years, transportation systems as we know them remained largely unchanged. However, we are now undergoing a global paradigm shift as the world becomes increasingly urbanized, resources and infrastructure remain constrained, and shared mobility replaces traditional ownership models. In the face of these changes, new technologies (e.g., ride sharing, on-demand services, etc.) are emerging to reduce the existing frictions in the movement of goods, people, and services. The opportunity is apparent, and this discussion seeks to discuss the launch, funding, and scaling of these mobility companies—all while successfully navigating the challenges that emerge in this market.
Fontinalis Partners LLC
Chris Stallman is a Principal at Fontinalis Partners, a Detroit- and Boston-based venture capital firm that invests in next-generation mobility. Founded by Bill Ford (Executive Chairman of Ford Mo...Show the rest
Chris Stallman is a Principal at Fontinalis Partners, a Detroit- and Boston-based venture capital firm that invests in next-generation mobility. Founded by Bill Ford (Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company) and others with long track records in transportation and technology, Fontinalis has invested in 18 companies across such areas as ride sharing, car sharing, and logistics.
As a senior member of the investment team at Fontinalis, Chris leads the firm's diligence activities for new investments, and he serves as a Board Observer to several portfolio companies.
Prior to joining Fontinalis in 2011, Chris spent five years in valuation and transaction advisory at Stout Risius Ross (SRR), where he played a critical role in advancing the firm's work with private equity and venture capital clients.
Chris earned his BBA from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business, and he is a CFA charterholder.Hide the rest
Samsung Global Innovation Center
Christina Bechhold is an investor at Samsung’s Global Innovation Center, focused on early stage investments in software and services. She is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of Empire Angels, ...Show the rest
Christina Bechhold is an investor at Samsung’s Global Innovation Center, focused on early stage investments in software and services. She is also Co-Founder and Managing Director of Empire Angels, a member led angel group of young professionals investing in technology startups with a focus on supporting young entrepreneurs. Christina is a Regular Contributor for the Wall Street Journal and Inc.com on startups and small business, a mentor at The Brandery and Venture for America and a member of VFA’s Rise Committee focused on increasing diversity in entrepreneurship. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at events in the U.S., Europe and Asia and was recognized by the New York Business Journal as a 2016 Woman of Influence.
Christina was previously a Vice President at Citigroup with background in capital markets, emerging markets and structured finance. She serves as Chairman of Hope on a String, a non-profit, grassroots organization that seeks to foster an environment of social transformation and economic development in Haiti through participation in music as well as Vice President of the Board of Governors of the Hotchkiss School Alumni Association.Hide the rest
Ted Serbinski is an entrepreneur and early stage investor operating at the intersection of Detroit's automotive dominance and its entrepreneurial resurgence. He is the Managing Director of Techstar...Show the rest
Ted Serbinski is an entrepreneur and early stage investor operating at the intersection of Detroit's automotive dominance and its entrepreneurial resurgence. He is the Managing Director of Techstars Mobility, the first US startup accelerator program focused on next-generation mobility technologies. Previously, he was a Partner and founding team member of Detroit Venture Partners, a $55M seed-stage fund that has invested in 25 companies.
Ted also serves as the Chairman of the Techweek Detroit Executive Advisory Board, board member for the Michigan Venture Capital Association, and board member for TechTown. He's also the Executive Producer of the documentary, Restarting the Motor City.
For Ted's work in catalyzing the Detroit startup scene, he has been recognized as a Champion of the New Economy by Junior Achievement. He also has been awarded the Crain's 40 Under 40, dBusiness 30 in their 30s, Oakland County Elite 40 under 40, and the Detroit Techweek 100.
Ted graduated from Cornell in 2004, with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. Ted resides in Metro Detroit with his beautiful wife and two sons. He regularly blogs on startups at http://tedserbinski.com and is active on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tedserbinskiHide the rest