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.
Founder & Managing Partner
Michael Granoff is founder and Managing Director of Maniv Mobility, a venture capital fund based in Tel Aviv which invests exclusively in the new mobility future. Founded in 2015, Maniv has a portfolio of over 20 mobility startups, the majority of which are based in Israel. Amongst them are companies developing sensors, software, simulation, localization, data monetization, autonomous systems, over-the-air updates, automotive cyber-security and more.
Aside from several startup boards, Mr. Granoff serves on the board of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), a Washington, DC-based policy and advocacy organization he helped establish in 2004. Past board roles included that of electric car network developer Better Place. He has been involved in three US Presidential campaigns and in 2010 received Brandeis University’s Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship.
Mr. Granoff holds a B.A. from Tufts University, an MBA and JD from Kellogg, Northwestern University, is a veteran marathon runner and father of four.
Olaf joined Maniv Mobility in 2014, playing an instrumental role in shaping its investment strategy and growing the first fund to $45M AUM and its portfolio to 18 of the leading global mobility startups. Olaf is regarded as one of the leading researchers of autonomous vehicles, writing about topics such as business model disruption in the automotive industry and appearing at numerous conferences and summits worldwide to speak about the impact of autonomous vehicles and related technologies.
Olaf also compiles Maniv's popular newsletter, a monthly summary and commentary of key industry developments which is read by a large portion of the key executives in the industry. Olaf served in the IDFs Foreign Liaison department, and holds a B.A. from Princeton University.
Director of Business Development & Investor Relations
Danielle manages Maniv’s Business Development and Investor Relations efforts, overseeing Maniv’s portfolio support and managing the fund’s relationship with its Limited Partners and potential investors.
Before joining Maniv, Danielle was Manager of Partnerships at OurCrowd, one of the world’s leading equity crowdfunding platforms. As one of OurCrowd's early employees, Danielle played a critical role in shaping and implementing the company's business development efforts seeing the company through three financing rounds that raised over $200M. In 2014, Danielle initiated and managed the first OurCrowd Global Investor Summit, which brings thousands of angel and institutional investors to Jerusalem annually.
Danielle holds a B.A. in Business Management & Italian Literature from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also attended the Universita` Di Perugia in Italy where she received a Certificate of Proficiency in Italian.
Nate manages the investment and dealflow process at Maniv Mobility, vetting and identifying investment opportunities, conducting due diligence and leading companies to funding.
Before joining Maniv, Nate was on the investments team of OurCrowd First, one of Israel's leading seed-stage fund, where he managed the fund's dealflow and investment process. That fund was recognized as Israel's most active seed-stage venture fund during his tenure. Nate was an early employee at OurCrowd, the global equity crowdfunding leader, where he played an instrumental role in laying the foundation for the massive growth that the company has seen. Nate is an active mentor and member of the selection committee for startup accelerator programs including MassChallenge and Siftech.
Nate completed his MBA at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with a focus on entrepreneurship, business strategy, and marketing. Prior to his move from the United States to Israel in 2012, Nate attended Yeshiva University in NYC, completing his B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in English Literature and Economics.