Some exciting things are happening here at Toyota AI Ventures.
We are elated to announce that Chris Abshire is joining the Ventures team as our first analyst. When we started Toyota AI Ventures this past summer, Intuition Robotics, SLAMcore, and Nauto were the three companies that comprised our initial portfolio. Since our announcement, we have added two additional startups to our family: Connected Signals and Realtime Robotics. And with our portfolio expanding, our team needed more hands on deck to further our efforts even more.
Chris comes to us from Fenox Venture Capital where he managed the firm’s U.S. due diligence process and market research activities. He also served as the executive director of Fenox’s Startup World Cup competition. At Toyota AI Ventures, he’ll be continuing his work on due diligence and identifying and vetting potential investment opportunities. Chris brings a diverse range of skills and will be an excellent addition to the Ventures family.
We are deeply committed to the values of clear thinking, plain speaking, integrity and being a great partner to our entrepreneurs, and Chris’s addition to the team can only move us forward. Be sure to follow him on Twitter to keep track of all the great work he’ll do for Toyota AI Ventures.
And to Chris, welcome! We are excited to have you on our team.