Welcoming Di-Ann Eisnor
Our new Venture Partner at Obvious Ventures
Di-Ann is always on the move. In 2009 she started the U.S. office of Waze, the community-driven navigation service we all know and love. Di-Ann was Director of Growth for Waze including platform, business development, and marketing (acquired by Google 2013). While at Waze she founded the Waze Connected Citizens Program which worked with 650 cities and departments of transportation to use data to reduce congestion and improve emergency response times.
Currently Di-Ann is incubating new urban systems at Google’s Area 120 and, in parallel, joining us at Obvious to help find and fund world positive startups across the full stack of urban infrastructure.
An inspiring futurist, Di-Ann beautifully articulates a vision for how we can re-imagine our cities to be more equitable, connected, and sustainable. She has served as both a speaker and a curator at the Near Future Summit. Check out this great summary of her 2017 talk on the future of mobility using data:
At Obvious, we are thrilled to add Di-Ann to the team. She brings a wealth of operating experience as well as an authentic alignment with our belief in the importance of values and culture in startups. She published this piece on the topic last year:
Silicon Valley: A Culture in Progress
An important spotlight has been shined on the worst aspects of tech culture, our approach to business, and our ethics…
We’ll work together to take bold risks and invest in the startups we wish existed in the world, with an eye towards values-based leadership across those companies. To quote Di-Ann:
“We have the chance to build not just products and companies that scale — but cultures worth scaling.”