INNOVATION IN TRANSPORTATION
THOUGHT LEADERS DEBATE THE FUTURE
District Dialogues: Transportation, the first event of our new District Dialogues series, kicks off on July 30th, and you're invited to take part. The panel features some of the most innovative thought leaders in the transportation industry from startups Via, Bytemark, and Whisk. Their experience with disrupting the traditional transportation industry will be complimented by insight from investors in venture capital firms BMW i Ventures and Autotech Ventures. The goal of the night is to create strong, insightful dialogue among key players of the industry, moderated by The New York Times journalist Aaron Kessler.
We will start the night with a wine and cheese reception so please arrive promptly by 7pm at District CoWork Nomad, our flagship location in Manhattan (1204 Broadway). You don't want to miss this exciting night of engaging and informative conversation.
THE NEW YORK TIMES | BUSINESS/AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
MODERATED BY: AARON KESSLER
Aaron Kessler writes about autos and related technology for The New York Times, focusing on the changes taking place in the auto industry as the connected car, and self-driving innovations, transform the transportation landscape. He was a 2013-14 Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business & Economics Journalism - a program for business reporters to enroll in a year of MBA courses at Columbia Business School. He previously covered Congress and the auto industry for the Detroit Free Press, the housing market and its collapse for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and a host of other topics over the last decade ranging from international corruption and terrorist financing to government/politics. His work has previously appeared in among other places Fortune, ProPublica, the Kansas City Star, Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Huffington Post. His work has earned numerous national awards, and he's twice been named a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award, business journalism's highest honor. In 2011 he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
AUTOTECH VENTURES | MANAGING DIRECTOR & VICE PRESIDENT
AutoTech Ventures is a team of venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and executives applying to the transportation sector the same proven business model used by other sector-focused strategic venture capital firms.
BMW I VENTURES | INVESTMENT PRINCIPAL
The emerging field of mobility services is in a continuous state of evolution. In order to remain flexibly engaged in this sector, the BMW Group has founded BMW i Ventures - a Venture Capital Company based in New York City.
VIA | GENERAL MANAGER
Via is changing the way people get around cities. Using their app, a luxury ride booked on your phone costs little more than the bus. Via's revolutionary technology allows passengers to seamlessly share their ride -- it's on-demand transportation on a mass scale that's friendly to their planet.
BYTEMARK | FOUNDER & CEO
Bytemark provides mobile ticketing and payment solutions for transit, attractions, and events. Transit has been underserved by the expansion of mobile technology, and Bytemark is working to bridge the gap between the transit industry and the world's growing technology sector.
WHISK | FOUNDER & CEO
Whisk is a smartphone app that provides access to a network of vehicles for retail and corporate passengers that require a metro ride.