Emerging Women Startup Leaders in Transportation, Mobility & Autonomous Vehicles

Kathryn Schox
Dec 11, 2018 · 3 min read
There are a lot of great women leaders in mobility! A small selection from the Trucks portfolio are seen above, starting from top left: Layla Shaikley of Wise Systems, Diane Lansinger of SEEVA, Alisyn Malek of May Mobility, Aubrey Donnellan of Bear Flag Robotics, Jennifer Haroon of Nauto and Apeksha Kumavat of Gatik AI.

We have a universal policy at Trucks — ‘No Manels.’ Our male team members do not participate in group speaking opportunities without a woman also on stage. You could call this the inverse to the Mike Pence / Billy Graham rule. We’re happy to participate in a panel if organizers can make a diverse group; if not we are happy to give up our panel spot to a suitable woman replacement (there are many).

But the obvious followup question comes up: which women startup leaders would you recommend?

I’m glad you asked!

There are many great women founders and startup leaders in transportation. About 1/3 of our portfolio has a woman founder, but our list below goes well beyond the Trucks roster. Please send us your recommendations for more great women leaders in emerging transportation companies and forward this list to an event organizer the next time you see a Manel happening.

Leave your comments below and we’ll add names to our ever-growing list. Note please this list is only for women leaders at startups, not large manufacturers and automotive suppliers (we’ll be doing a separate list for manufacturers and suppliers down the road).

If you are a female founder starting a company in transportation, please drop us a line! I’m Kate (at) trucks.vc.


Related: see our list of emerging women transportation investors.

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Kathryn Schox

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General Partner, Trucks Venture Capital