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PANDEMIC VENTURE INVESTMENT SERIES EPISODE 2: MOBILITY

Michael Dick, CEO, C2A Security Graham Gullans, VP Business & Corporate Development, Superpedestrian Adi Pinhas, CEO, Brodmann17 Yakir Machluf, OurCrowd Mobility Lead Watch the full episode here. As the coronavirus pandemic challenges the world of transportation and mobility, the crisis is also offering opportunities for new technological solutions, from electric scooters to self-driving cars, according to some of the leading entrepreneurs in the sector. “The mobility sector is among the hardest hit due to Covid-19, seeing one of the greatest declines in history,” said Yakir Machluf, mobility lead for OurCrowd, whose portfolio includes dozens of mobility startups. At the beginning of the pandemic, many car manufacturers shuttered operations as much of the world went into lockdown. Although manufacturing has now resumed, it is slower, and other aspects of mobility, including public transportation and ride-hailing apps continue to see a downturn in users. At the same time, more people have turned to alternative modes of transportation, including bicycles and scooters. “The entire way in which people and goods move around has changed,” Machluf said in the second episode of the...

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Investing in the Pandemic and the New Normal

SALT Talks-OurCrowd Pandemic Venture Investment Series (Part 1) Watch the full episode here. Despite the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, venture capital is well placed to thrive as the world becomes increasingly digital and demands innovative solutions, according to one veteran Silicon Valley investor. Unlike previous economic crises, the pandemic offers a chance for venture capital to respond directly to the world’s most pressing needs, from healthcare to online banking to secure communications. The crisis “will be different because of the importance of venture capital,” said Steve Krausz, general partner at U.S. Venture Partners, a Menlo Park-based VC firm that backed companies like Checkpoint Software Technologies Ltd. and Box Inc.  “The digitalization of the world economy is going to be enormous.” Even before Covid-19, many VC-backed industries, including cloud computing, financial technology, and digital health, were growing, and driving some of the most dynamic changes in the economy. The virus, along with stay-at-home orders and social distancing requirements, has boosted those shifts, Krausz said, with consumers, businesses and healthcare providers relying even more on digital and online tools. “It has been...

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[Zoomcar in Business Today] “Hire Those Who Resonate With Long-term Mission of the Company”

With Zoomcar, I faced a particularly steep road since I was a foreign co-founder and CEO. I had to set out on a unique course as a leader. Given my rather unique background as an American in India, coupled with the industry I chose to disrupt, my energies ultimately focused on areas that posed existential threats to our survival. The problem was how to hire senior leaders more effectively to ensure they would stick with the company. Read...

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