In the last 20 years technology has made information and communication ubiquitous and close to free. In the next 20 years, it will do the same for mobility.
Maniv Mobility, Israel's first venture capital fund dedicated exclusively to the new mobility future, has deep connections throughout the global automotive industry, as well as in the policy and technology communities. Investing primarily in early-stage Israeli startups, we seek out ideas around automotive connectivity and data, autonomous vehicle technologies such as sensors and software, and novel business models. With a wide portfolio of sector leading startups, we actively use our experience, networks and resources to help our founders turn their ideas into great companies.
Michael founded Maniv Investments in 1997. He is also a founding board member of Securing America’s Future Energy, a Washington, DC-based group that brings together corporate and military leaders to craft and advocate for energy security policy. He has been active in several presidential campaigns and political organizations as well as a number of non-profit organizations. In 2010 he was awarded the Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship by the International School of Business at Brandeis University. He holds a BA from Tufts University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, as well as a JD from Northwestern School of law.
Olaf joined Maniv in 2014 after completing his IDF service. While in the IDF, he began researching autonomous vehicles and the opportunities presented by this technology for Israel's startup ecosystem. Besides being involved in all aspects of Maniv's activities, Olaf has written extensively about autonomous vehicles, including a widely read piece about business model disruption in the automotive industry. He also compiles Maniv's popular newsletter, a regular summary of the latest new mobility & autonomous vehicle news with contextualizing commentary. Olaf holds a BA from Princeton University.