Transportation is not what it used to be. The traditional business of selling cars and trucks, around the world all the automakers combined it’s about a $2.3 trillion business...but the overall transportation services — mass transit, ride hailing, ride-sharing — it’s a $5.4 trillion business. The University of Michigan is deploying autonomous shuttles. Car hails are partnering with Amtrak and bike share programs. On-demand transit may replace public transit (or not?). Once the experts complete their presentations, we will ask our experts about how their product/service fit within this $5.4 trillion space, and how they see the future.
Baas is a fluid marketplace for used bikes in university communities. Powered by Bluetooth locks and a mobile app, Baas enables users to find, test ride, and purchase nearby bikes directly from their phone. Inventory is supplied by students’ existing bikes, the school’s abandoned surplus, and local bike entrepreneurs. Baas also works with schools to purchase and distribute large fleets of new bikes directly to students, and provides financing and insurance to incentivize increased bike use on campus. Baas currently operates on 4 campuses, ranging from 2K to 60K students. Rob founded the company in Washington, DC in 2015 as a way to make bikes more accessible in a place where they can have a big impact on someone’s daily life -- the college environment. As an advocate for youth entrepreneurship, sustainability, and self-sufficiency, Rob wants bikes to be a catalyst for all three. Baas gives students a platform to make money doing something that can improve health, livability, and affordability. Before Baas, Rob opened the European headquarters in Amsterdam for the San Francisco based SaaS company Revinate. His career has been focused on helping startups grow through sales and business development. Rob graduated from the University of Virginia in 2006 with degrees in Foreign Affairs and Urban Planning.
In her almost 20 years working with universities, large employers, advocates, and communities, Holly’s work directing sustainable transportation programs has facilitated quantifiable shifts in commuters’ choice of transportation from driving alone to using transit, carpooling, walking, bicycling and teleworking. She has been focused throughout her career on the ability of technology to facilitate and demystify transit and other sustainable transportation options. Holly introduced the first modern carsharing and bikesharing systems to Yale University and the state of Connecticut, while Director of Sustainable Transportation Systems at Yale. Holly holds an MS Environmental Studies / Pollution Prevention from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and a BA, Political Science from the University of New Hampshire.
David Adelman is the Vice President of Business Development at Via, establishing global on-demand transportation partnerships. Prior to Via, David led Business Development and Corporate Development at Snagajob, America’s largest marketplace connecting hourly job seekers and employers. David previously founded and led ReelGenie, a venture-backed online video technology company, and Reel Tributes, the nation’s premier producer of high-end personal history films. David received his MBA from the Wharton School, where he majored in Entrepreneurial Management. David graduated as a Palmer Scholar (top 5% of his graduating class) and was selected as Wharton's McGowan Fellow.Before Wharton, David was an associate with Charlesbank Capital Partners, a middle-market private equity firm in Boston. He also worked for the management consulting firm Bain & Company, advising clients in Los Angeles, Australia, and India. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Government, cum laude, from Harvard University, and grew up in Israel where he was the Israeli junior national golf champion.David is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council and has been featured in Forbes, FOX News, and other publications. In 2013, he was named one of Bisnow’s “30 Under 40” and was invited to join the CEO organization Mindshare. He serves on the Board of Directors for CHIP of Virginia and on the advisory board of Boston International, a nonprofit he co-founded. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Melissa, son Griffin, and shih tzu puppy Samson.
Ilya Movshovich has been an entrepreneur from an early age. Ilya is a former CEO and Founder of a Bay Area based company CARMAnation, dubbed the “Airbnb of parking”. As a seasoned executive, leader, and business strategist he has consulted for Venture Capital funds, mentored at Innovation labs, and advised at many of the prominent Silicon Valley startups, with his primary concentration being ventures in the transportation and the peer-to-peer/sharing economy space.
Patrick Halligan has spent his career using new business models to address the challenges faced by rapidly expanding cities. Currently, Patrick is an Operations Lead at Lyft focusing on maintaining market balance of drivers in relation to rapidly growing demand in Baltimore. Prior to Lyft, Patrick helped launch CityStash, an on-demand micro-storage company with operations in Washington, DC and San Francisco. Patrick holds a B.S. From Fordham University and is completing an MBA at American University. He currently resides in Washington, DC.
Barry Einsig is the Global Transportation Executive for Cisco’s Internet of Things Vertical Solutions Group. With a broad experience in the Transportation market, Barry has been in the industry for over 15 years serving in a variety of roles providing wired and wireless IP communication networks, video, security and life safety systems for Transportation and Public Safety networks.
Xiaochen leads the design and implementation of FinTech4Goods’s strategy which aims to introduce cutting edge fintech and blockchain solutions to emerging markets through incubation, acceleration and investment. He brings more than 16 years of thought leadership and global experience to build impactful solutions and scale up innovative ideas in North America, Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia. He serves on the Crowdfunding Professional Association Board of Directors, UN ESCAP Digital Economy Task Force and as a senior advisor of the China Social Entrepreneurs Foundation and Inter-America Development Bank. He is also the co-chair of the Insurance Blockchain Lab, Smart City Blockchain Lab and Blockchain4SDGs Lab. Prior to FinTech4Good, Xiaochen advised government agencies and multinational organizations on innovation, emerging technologies, and investment in positions at the World Bank, United Nations, and other international partnership platforms. He also taught innovation and venture building at leading business schools and served as mentors for many innovative businesses.
This panel will be a broad discussion on how to make money from different forms of connectivity. Following individual presentations, to get the conversation going, we will ask our experts on the relationship between transportation, energy and connectivity, specifically with respect to bike share and driverless cars. We will also go deep and ask our experts about the implication of broad connectivity on real estate values.
Star Childs is the CEO and a co-founder of Citiesense, a technology company creating a map-based platform to organize neighborhood-scale development in cities. Star has over 8 years of experience in the economic development industry as a landscape architect, urban designer and geographic information systems (GIS) expert. His understanding of the city building process as a designer, technologist and consultant enables Star to consider the needs of the real estate industry at large and apply this understanding to focused products and solutions for the many groups involved. Star earned his Masters in Environmental Management from Yale University and his Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. Star also rowed crew throughout highschool and college and he loves getting back in a boat whenever he has the opportunity.
Connecthings is the European leader of the Internet of Public Things. They transform cities of all sizes into world-class smart cities by connecting the physical world with the digital world. When Laetitia started the company in 2007, she had a strong vision and intuition that smartphones would be a promising bridge to connect the passive, physical world of street furniture, bus stops, shop windows, etc. to relevant digital content, delivering that content to a specific individual, at a specific location, at a specific point in time. Put simply, Connecthings facilitates the implementation of a wide range of mobile services through their proprietary networks of intelligent beacons; typically deploying iBeacon, NFC, and QR code technologies as a combined package at points of presence throughout a city. This is how the magic works: they make the invisible, visible, and the unconnected, connected. Connecthings is based in Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Milan, Rio de Janeiro. Prior to Connecthings, Laetitia worked for mobile operators, solution providers and major device manufacturers. In 1999 she managed the implementation of the first Mobile internet gateway for Orange. In 2001, she founded a consultancy company to provide operational support in mobile value added services implementation. Her vision of the mobile internet and the internet of things took Laetitia to found Connecthings in 2007. In 2011, Women Business Mentoring Initiative selected Laetitia to enter the WBMI mentoring program. Today, Laetitia is proud to be part of WBMI as a mentor. Laetitia is an engineer and is member of INRIA board. Public science and technology institution established in 1967, Inria is the only public research body fully dedicated to computational sciences. Combining computer sciences with mathematics, Inria’s 3,449 researchers strive to invent the digital technologies of the future.
Scott Kolber is CEO of Roadify Transit, a New York City-based data platform and mobile application for transit arrival times and service conditions. Roadify Transit aggregates and distributes this content for more than 400 cities via API for display on public signage, to its own mobile apps, and to 3rd party apps Scott’s background is in marketing and business development for content and technology companies including Viacom and Loral Space and Communications. He is a University of Virginia graduate.
David Gilford leads the Connected Communities practice at Intersection, a technology and design firm formed by Sidewalk Labs and Alphabet to improve life in cities by connecting the physical and digital worlds. David helps real estate developers and cities harness technology to create efficiencies, unlock new sources of revenue, and deliver unique experiences in complex, mixed-use environments. Prior to Intersection, David held multiple leadership positions with the City of New York, most recently as Vice President for Urban Innovation & Sustainability at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. As a Director of the Center for Economic Transformation, David worked to catalyze entrepreneurship and innovation across New York City, including developing UrbanTech NYC to provide real estate, equipment, and pilot opportunities to fast-growing companies addressing urban challenges. Earlier in his career, David worked in strategy and finance at General Electric, McKinsey and the Federal Reserve. He has been recognized nationally among the 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Economic Development, as well as one of New York State's Top Ten Energy Government Leaders. David holds a BA in Economics from Williams College and an MBA from the Yale School of Management.
Tim Meyer is an Associate Partner at IBM Global Business Services, IoT Center of Competency. Tim’s career spans large technology companies Analog Devices and Ericsson as well as a series of startups. As CEO of Crisp Wireless, he pioneered mobile multimedia applications for Nokia, Motorola and AT&T. Tim has consulted for a variety of companies from small to large multinational on electric car charging, smart city networks, solar monitoring systems, wearables and cybersecurity. Tim held a variety of management roles at Ericsson, culminating in CTO of the Wireless Internet Solutions division. His notable achievement was developing the first wireless, push email system jointly with Research in Motion and RadioMail. This directly led to the development of Blackberry. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and has attended the Cleantech Executive Program at NYU-Poly.
Joaquin has more than 14 years of experience in infrastructure planning, project management and international development. He served as Director of Operations of the Millennium Villages project (MVP), a global partnership between Millennium Promise, The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the United Nations. The projects operate in several countries in sub-Saharan African, partnering with governments in the areas on public health, education, agriculture, business development and infrastructure. Previously Mr. Aviles Lopez has worked in the Public Sector at the Department of Planning and Transport with the Government of Granada, Spain. He has also experience in the Private Sector where he worked as Project Manager in the execution of several infrastructure projects. He is currently the Director of Planning and Operations at P3 Global Management, a global smart city infrastructure company, delivering innovative solutions to help cities become more sustainable and resilient. Mr Aviles Lopez holds a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Granada in Spain, and a MS on International and Public Affairs with focus on International Development at the New School in New York.
Bike share is on fire these days. While the total US bike share fleet is not more than 50,000 bikes, a number of particularly Asian companies are deploying literally millions of bikes (called tsunami companies). Furthermore, many bike share firms are extremely well backed by leading VC and PE firms like Andreessen Horowitz, Hillhouse Capital, Sequoia and Tencent. In addition, Alibaba, Foxconn, Didi-Chuxing (ride hailing), WeChat are all joining in either as investors or strategic partners.
INVENTropolis believes that bike share right now is a textbook case of disruptive innovation. Not the buzzword, but actual theory. We believe that companies are flooding the market with lower quality product in order to acquire as large a customer base as possible. Once established, these companies will add features and improve quality to a point where the non-responsive incumbents will face existential risk. What makes this all the more exciting is that the added features in this case will evolve other innovative modes of transit and all the way to autonomous car-hails. We believe today's bike share is effectively the beginning of the battle for the $5.4 trillion transportation services market.
Paul DeMaio is a Washington, D.C.-based transport planner, whose specialties include bike and pedestrian planning, traffic calming, car-sharing, and bike-sharing. In 2004, DeMaio founded MetroBike, LLC – the first bike-sharing consultancy in the U.S. – and has since worked with public and private sector clients on developing bike-share systems in the U.S. and abroad. MetroBike’s clients include Arlington County, VA; Perth, Australia; and Copenhagen, Denmark. DeMaio co-authored a public tender which became the U.S.’s first government-owned, privately operated bike-share system, called Capital Bikeshare, in the Washington, D.C. area and serves as the manager for Arlington’s portion of the growing service. DeMaio is the founder and co-author of The Bike-sharing Blog (bike-sharing.blogspot.com) and The Bike-sharing World Map (bikesharingworld.com) and has been quoted by TIME, NPR, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post. DeMaio has a Bachelor of City Planning from the University of Virginia and a Master of Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics from George Mason University.
Ye Sun, COO of bluegogo, senior international executive and entrepreneur. He received MBA degree from Carnegie Mellon University, USA. Ye joined bluegogo's founding team as Global COO in Oct 2016. He has lead bluegogo became one of the largest smart station-free bike share companies in China within just 5 months. Ye also plays an essential role in introducing bluegogo to the international market. Prior to bluegogo, Ye was the CFO (China) of the Kraft Heinz Company, General Manager – Juice Drinks of American Beverage Corporation. During the previous roles, Ye owns accomplished success in growing billion-dollar business with his substantial strategic leadership experience. After 10+ year experience in F&B industry, he decided to return to China and dedicate to entrepreneurial opportunities and new innovations he is passionate about, and that can create a greater social impact. Ye can be reached at email@example.com.
Maggie Gendron joined LimeBike after serving as a long time staff member for Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Leahy is the Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the senior-most member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and he ranks first in seniority in the Senate.
Maggie's position with Leahy as a legislative assistant in transportation policy provided her insight and input on the roll out of smart city initiatives and national rural and urban redevelopment projects. Maggie received her B.A. in marketing and graphic design from Penn State University, and her masters in public administration from the University of Vermont. She loves bike touring on JuneBug, her Surly Long Haul Trucker, and she believes in LimeBike's vision to change how we collectively think about mobility by making bikesharingmore affordable and convenient to all community members.
Derrick has spent over a decade in consumer technology, working on products ranging from marketplaces to transportation. He was most recently a Product Manager on the Growth team at Lyft, who acquired his Y Combinator and True Ventures-backed startup. Prior to that, he was Team Lead at Pivotal Labs, spent time at Microsoft, and started a company right after college. A Boston native, Derrick grew up in New York City and graduated from Purdue University with a degree in computer engineering.
Philipp has over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience culminating in the foundation of Noa Technologies. With offices in San Francisco and Berlin, Noa provides bike-fleet operators with an IoT to Cloud fleet-management-solution to streamline their operations, cutting costs and increasing fleet-uptime. Philipp is passionate about the environment and an avid cyclist.
Tim co-founded Zagster in 2007, after being inspired by the launch of the Velib’ bike sharing service in Paris. He merged his background in corporate IT at a Fortune 500 company with his passion for biking to create a company that now leverages technology to make bikes accessible to hundreds of thousands of Americans in more than 30 cities in more than 20 states. Tim has never owned car and prefers bicycling and riding public transportation everywhere he can.
Lee Jones is Director of Business Development for BCycle LLC. Based in Waterloo, Wisconsin, USA, Lee has led the company’s sales and marketing efforts since its establishment in 2008. BCycle today has established itself as a globally recognized developer and supplier of both station based and “smart” bike sharing systems which are all interconnected to allow for multiple means of access. BCycle today has more than 40 installations on two continents. Lee is a frequent speaker on developments within the BCycle program as well as on public use bicycles in general. He has presented both visions at meetings of NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officials), the International Downtown Association and The US Conference of Mayors in the United States. On the global front, Lee, has been privileged to present at Velo-City (Taipei - 2016 & Arnhem/Nijmegen 2017) and Cycle City Leeds. A graduate of Saint Mary’s College of California with a degree in History/Political Science, Lee also attended California State University- East Bay with studies in International Marketing. Lee is a resident of Fitchburg, Wisconsin.
The Bike Wars! panel will retake the stage. We will look to understand why so much smart money money is going into bike share programs. We will look at how the new bike share paradigm integrates with car share, car hail, on demand transit and public transit. We will also practice clairvoyance and put together predictions as to where bike share will be three years from now. Will municipalities with existing programs opt not to renew (many are up for renewal over the next few years) and shift to the multi vendor paradigm? Will social equity finally be solved? Will connectivity companies create partnerships with bike share companies?
As a prep for the Summit-Wide closing keynote panel, we will also talk about the role that AI, Blockchian and IoT will have in the future.
The deliverable from this panel will be an investment-grade, deployable, urban connected mobility ecosystem.
In a second career, Mr. Meddin became active in urban transportation issues. As a way to increase local bicycle mode share, he began studying automated Public Use Bicycle programs in 2005 as the answer. This led to surveying public use bicycle programs around the world. He writes for The Bike-sharing Blog in the USA and maintains The Bike-sharing World Map, www.bikesharingmap.com for the world. The Map is a visual catalog of programs. It is the ultimate resource for information on over 1,200 IT/automated Public Use Bicycle/bikesharing programs world-wide. He is an untiring advocate for public use bicycling for both small towns and big cities. He has spoken on this subject in Europe, Asia, South America and North America. Russell Meddin firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff is an impact-focused entrepreneur creating innovative business models that tackle pressing urban challenges. Jeff is currently a Co-Founder of HOST, a last-mile mobility company focused on reinventing the traditional pedicab for the 21st century. Jeff was previously Director of Project Development at P3 Global Management (P3GM), a smart city start-up that developed mobility public-private partnerships with cities.
Prior to moving to NYC, Jeff was Vice President with Delphos International, a DC-based boutique financial advisory and consulting firm focused on innovative financing for infrastructure projects in the emerging markets. From large-scale renewable energy, telecoms infrastructure, and real estate projects, to affordable housing, schools, distributed water and energy projects, Jeff helped private companies to structure and tap into the financial resources of development finance institutions (DFIs) and government agencies located in Washington D.C. and across the globe.
Jeff holds a B.A in International Finance & Marketing and Spanish Literature from the University of Miami (FL). Jeff is a registered representative and holds a FINRA Series 7 and Series 63 Securities License..
Tom founded E3Think after a half decade in Europe. He uses technology, economics and design to maximize the value of real estate and other urban assets. Example real estate projects: transformation of disused shopping center in London, UK into highly successful niche trade mart; optimization of global facilities portfolio of one of the world's largest automotive OEMs; and reclamation of prominent Jewish properties in Leipzig once confiscated by the Third Reich. An expert at transit-oriented development, he has created hundreds of millions of dollars of value created. Tom captained the Harvard Alumni Study to validate the private financing of a public bike share program for New York City. And with Chris Wogas spearheaded the Hoboken bike share pilot and permanent program. Tom holds an MBA from Harvard, an MArch from Yale and a BS from Virginia.
Dr. Christopher Hooton is an economist and policy expert specializing in economic development, spatial analysis, and evaluation. He currently serves as the Chief Economist at Internet Association, a leading trade association for internet firms, and as a Senior Scholar at the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy. Dr. Hooton’s primary areas of research include economic development, urban and regional development, and public policy. In particular, his work has largely focused on area-based development policies, technology and innovation, micro-geographic economic policies, and evaluation techniques.
Prior to joining Internet Association, Dr. Hooton served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank as well as other leading organizations and was formerly a Lecturer at the Social Science Research Methods at the University of Cambridge. He has also written two novels, entitled Observance and Peregrine East, and a travel memoir, entitled How to Backpack With Your Parents. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Hooton holds degrees from the University of Miami, the London School of Economics, and his doctorate from the University of Cambridge where he also served as the captain of the university’s boxing team.
The summit will be held at the Marriott in Bethesda, MD, conveniently located across the street from the White Flint Metro Station, where guests enjoy easy access to downtown Bethesda, Rockville, Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia attractions.
Bethesda North Conference Center & Marriott Hotel
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E3Think launched Inventropolis in 2011 @ Tesla Motors as a think/do tank with the mission of developing and deploying investment-grade innovation to address increasingly intractable urban challenges, initially focused on mobility. The series has included leading experts in the mobility space.
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