I think that we had this idea, Oren and I, and then we took about six months, if not longer, to really prove to ourselves that it was a great idea in some sense; prove to ourselves that if we left our jobs and launched into it full-time, then we would have some financial backing by lining up investors, really work through the business case. We also know that we work together very well because we worked together in the Air Force for four years, and we built complex technology very well and faced lots of challenges, and hopefully overcame them together. One day he called me with essentially the idea for Via, and he had been trying to get from one place to another in Israel using a class of transport that we have in Israel called Charo taxis, which are basically translated to service taxi if you will, which is a fleet of vans often white that are not very techy. I think that’s one piece. Oren was visiting one day. And you are reducing your risk in those dimensions, but what you don’t realize as a founder is that you are creating substantially other risks, which is substantially greater by delaying. He could never get a seat, and he was thinking, “If I could just book a seat on my app, that would be fantastic.” From there, the jump to say, “If I’ve already booked a seat on my app, and the system knows where I am and where I’m going to, let’s make the system more dynamic and allow these vans to follow routes that aren’t fixed in advance. So, let’s talk about fundraising because for a marketplace, to follow-up on that, to get the net worth effects to turn in the right direction, you need liquidity in the marketplace. Via is headquartered in New York with offices in Tel Aviv and Chicago. LinkedIn/Orit Hashay Brayola.com is a personalised online bra shopping platform. Of course, I get it, and it’s brilliant.” That was that moment that I think we decided to do it. I think what’s much more important in a sense between founders is that you have a common understanding and that you get along really well, and that you work together well, and that you are just compatible in that way that you’re going to be successful together solving really hard problems because you’re going to run into a lot of really hard problems. You need the supply. Oren was just finishing up his Ph.D. at the Wiseman Institute in Israel in systems biology. How to think about managing a small company. Would that work?” We basically got the okay to do that within the statute. : Neuroscience is simply the study of the nervous system of the brain. As I head towards the end of my time with founders during these interviews, I always typically ask the same question towards the end, and that is if you could go to the past and give yourself advice before launching your first business, in this case, let’s say Via, what would that advice be and why? Daniel CHANTRENNE | Frankfurt am Main und Umgebung, Deutschland | I worked as Consultant Facilities Services for a new Customer account in Europe. I think that may be fair, but it’s hard for me to say. Daniel Ramot: You have very limited resources, obviously. So, I wasn’t really in any direct way part of Start-up Nation while in Israeli, but very much involved in the technology industry. If we can solve it well, we can create a very useful technology that we can provide to cities, to transit agencies to run their public transportation system. View the profiles of professionals named "Dan Osman" on LinkedIn. I studied physics and math as part of the program that the Israeli Defense Forces have called [1:15]. So, a lot of investors started potentially taking the service, folks who are investors, VCs from Hearst Ventures and others, private investors, and then reaching out to us and saying, “Can we talk? The business piece, I think, you can learn. That has created a lot of regulatory, I would say conflict because this idea of using citizen drivers. You can read a lot about. Then for six months or so, Oren and I really tried to prove out—this was early 2012, the first half of 2012 until June 2012 when I left D. E. Shaw Research, and we formally launched the company. We were walking around the streets of Manhattan feeling quite depressed because we were trying to get all these vans to come join our platform right before we launched, and there were very few of them, and the drivers that were willing to come, they were going to charge really high fairs that were never going to work for a mass transit service like we were trying to build. : D. E. Shaw Research is a super interesting company. SUBSCRIBE. Alejandro: Got it. We started talking to, as I mentioned, a lot of transportation experts. Lift had not launched yet by the time we were coming up with the idea. So, we decided to launch our own service. So, my advice is always—or my question is why haven’t you already launched? During the week I was working at D. E. Shaw Research as did Oren. The other piece is our marketplace, the product we launched, fortunately for us had just a tremendous response from riders, from passengers. Daniel Ramot: I would say that while certainly the work I had been doing up until then was much more technical and really about technology and very technology-focused in my day-to-day. So, a lot of investors started potentially taking the service, folks who are investors, VCs from Hearst Ventures and others, private investors, and then reaching out to us and saying, “Can we talk? See the complete profile on LinkedIn and discover Daniel’s connections and jobs at similar companies. View Daniel Ramot’s profile on LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional community. Where do you see the on-demand transit heading? So, we try to understand behavior and tie that into the specific electrical signals of certain neurons and build mathematical models for that. We assumed that only about half of them would actually give us the money. The funny thing is that if you look at what some of the other players have raised, whether it’s Didi in China, Grab, Uber, and so forth, it feels like a tiny amount of money, which is frankly ridiculous. Extend your search. That was, I think, to me the initial discovery, the obvious one, that I needed to find a question that I was really excited about. Daniel Ramot: Yeah, that’s a good question. So, how did you guys get this kind of like chicken and the egg or supply-demand type of thing in motion? So, by the time we had launched the company formerly, we had nearly a million dollars, I would say, in commitments from early backers. Lihat profil lengkapnya di LinkedIn dan temukan koneksi dan pekerjaan Ramot di perusahaan yang serupa. Daniel Ramot, Via co-founder and chief executive officer, discusses the company's on-demand transit service with Bloomberg's Scarlet Fu on … After I graduated from my Ph.D., I realized I didn’t want to stay in academia. : The logo is just so big it feels like it’s punching you in the face every time you see it, but I mean in a good way. Then a lot of funding challenges that cities all over the world are really feeling, and therefore need to make their public services more efficient. So, we started approaching different cities around the world saying, “Would you like to use this in 2017” a couple of years ago. That’s kind of dangerous, but anyhow, Daniel, it’s been a pleasure. We can also use smaller vehicles all the way from regular sedans to minivans and vans. You need the demand, and if you have too much or too little of either, you can really get stuck. I think this sort of tradeoff of risk between kind of de-risking certain aspects of the project, or of the startup, by working through some of these questions; but losing time. I think with the caveat that I have an N of 1. D. E. Shaw Research—probably oversimplifying it, but if I were to say tries to take a similar approach than D. E. Shaw had taken in finance and apply it to pharmaceutical drug discovery. They were doing private rides. I think one of the bits of feedback we got early on is that as founders you want to find someone who really compliments your skills. We tried to raise a little money. It’s a real pleasure to talk to you. I think they launched before we launched our service in New York. I’m daniel@ridewithvia.com. We both spent all this time in the Air Force. That was the core mission of the company. You have 83North, Hearst Venture, just to name a few. I think we talked to a few hundred people to do a bit of a market survey. So, as you were pointing to this, I was just thinking like, “Wow.” You guys have similar backgrounds, so first and foremost, how did you guys decide to divide responsibilities. The driver passes back the change. : Yeah, that’s a good question. That was a regulatory innovation if you will. I didn’t have much background in biology, so I had to teach myself and learn quite a lot of biology to catch up. A lot of what I try to do, in my Ph.D. was try to utilize some of the knowledge and experience that I had in server engineering and bring it into neuroscience. People are talking about ridesharing and new stuff coming up now as well as with electric scooters and things like that. Maybe if I were to think about what is the key skill that a founding team needs? How was it, Daniel? The business piece, I think, you can learn. In you guys’ case, you had the people that were looking for the rides, and then also, the people offering the rides. Alejandro: Pretty cool. We worked together in the Air Force for about four years. Launching a two-sided marketplace, as you described, there’s this chicken and the egg. We have an entrepreneur today that is going to help us learn a lot. Alejandro: Got it. : Amazing. We talk about the best ways to understand what the Air Force needs and how to sell it to them. Daniel Ramot: I think, to me, on-demand transit, which I define as different from on-demand taxis where you’re booking a car. Lihat profil Ramot Manurung di LinkedIn, komunitas profesional terbesar di dunia. So, Daniel Ramot, how’s it going? I applied to schools in the U.S. and ended up getting accepted into Stanford and went there for school. It became famous for being one of the first hedge funds to trade using computers, using computational algorithms, and was really one of the leaders in the field of quantitative trading and still is. I think you can learn that stuff if you take the time. D. E. Shaw, some folks may be familiar with is a very large hedge fund. I was pretty happy at D. E. Shaw Research. Ramot mencantumkan 1 pekerjaan di profilnya. Before this, what was life like in Israel and especially with Start-up Nation? Most of the time where we were having to play catchup is on the supply side. He called me, and as he was explaining—we have this sort of relationship—as he was starting to explain and we were just thinking, I felt like, “Oh, yeah. It’s become the go-to instead of the stretch limo. So, as you were pointing to this, I was just thinking like, “Wow.” You guys have similar backgrounds, so first and foremost, how did you guys decide to divide responsibilities. See the complete profile on LinkedIn and discover Daniel’s connections and jobs at similar companies. Alejandro: Having a corporate job, it’s quite comfortable. Then Oren did his Ph.D. If you have engineering skills, it’s great to find a business person or vice versa. We probably only had signed up four different cities for our service. We were both part of this same program in the military. We were in the same program together, training, and studying before then. The term ridesharing had been co-opted in a sense by Lift, and by UberX, and so forth saying you were sharing a ride when, in fact, the sharing was happening between the driver and the passenger. We hit an inflection point, and we finished the year with nearly 50 different partners. We started building a relationship with them, and we effectively had their approval, in a sense, to launch, or their comments that we didn’t need any special dispensation. The data was a crucial piece, and I’m not sure we fully appreciated in the beginning because that feeds back into the algorithm and has really driven the system to be dramatically improved versus the original version that we built. No city was taking us particularly seriously, and certainly the MTA in New York, we couldn’t even get a meeting. 450 million dollars at the time would have seemed like a huge fortune. In order to have that, you need money to finance it. Google was the 88th before coming to market and look at them today. We were walking around the streets of Manhattan feeling quite depressed because we were trying to get all these vans to come join our platform right before we launched, and there were very few of them, and the drivers that were willing to come, they were going to charge really high fairs that were never going to work for a mass transit service like we were trying to build. They’re just a slightly more convenient, more agile sort of bus that uses these smaller vehicles. Daniel Ramot, Via’s cofounder & CEO, has a Ph.D. from Stanford in neuroscience. I think I had just always had this desire to start a company of my own. He said, “Why can’t we use those?” I said, “I don’t know if you can take the most expensive limo and make the guy who’s driving it effectively a bus driver. That requires a big investment until you get to the right scale where you can start to see a return from that investment, and it requires a huge amount of fundraising and a huge effort. Oren’s based in Tel Aviv. Uber and Get. Today, we’re going to be talking a lot about Via. At some point, the timing just became right for both him and for me, and it was an opportunity that we didn’t want to pass up. Daniel Ramot: I spent the first, I guess, nine years of post-high school in the Israeli military. At the time, it was GetTaxi in Israel. It took a while to convince people. Hello, everyone, and welcome to the. I will do my best to answer, I promise. I’m in New York where we decided to launch the business initially, launch the service. We both spent all this time in the Air Force. Also, you seem to have been the one that took the reigns on the business side. It’s part of the DNA, I would say and has been really key to our business from the very beginning that we were going to be very collaborative with the city and with regulators. I’ve got to blame you for that. What kind of challenges did you guys encounter like not having that first move or type of advantage? . I spent a lot of time—we figured if we were to launch the service initially, one area that was at the time poorly served by public transportation in New York was the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Once you book a seat, we match you with one of these vehicles that can best serve you and basically aggregate you with other passengers who are headed in the same direction. I think in that tradeoff, time is the most valuable resource you have when you’re starting, and you should move very quickly. The founder, David Shaw started another company about 15 years ago or so, called D. E. Shaw Research, which is the company I joined. Then we’re introduced to these later-stage investors through either existing investors or other folks that we knew. Most days, we knew where our priorities lay, and that was with just trying to convince as many drivers as we could to come on our platform and provide this service. Just over 100 people. You have Daimler. And you got your Ph.D., so not bad at all. This is my first startup. It turned out that that was close. I said, “That’s the most luxurious limousine that you could find in New York. So the company began running its own … In fact, a couple of our investors told us, you are going to have to raise 100 or 200 million, and you’ve never raised any money before, so we’re not sure you’re going to be able to, so maybe we’re not going to invest because you don’t have a track record of raising any money. So, we started approaching different cities around the world saying, “Would you like to use this in 2017” a couple of years ago. You have Pitango. Being able to apply concepts that you have learned from your time doing something else to a completely different industry. So, it’s a real challenge, and I think one of the biggest challenges is to almost maintain a level-headedness or an evenness throughout that and recognize that there are just going to be periods where you have to focus on the supply side, and there are periods where you have to focus on the demand side. So, Daniel, what is the best way for the folks that are listening to reach out and say “Hi”? It was just remarkable that growth hack strategy. Most days, we knew where our priorities lay, and that was with just trying to convince as many drivers as we could to come on our platform and provide this service. We’ll talk about financing in just a bit, but Daniel, here marketplaces are quite a pain. In 2012 and 2013, unfortunately, no one wanted to talk to us. So, this experience Oren had, I think he was waiting for the van. That gave us an opportunity in New York to achieve some real scale and build a real brand around that. It was a great learning experience. I thought we were the only ones who were finding it difficult to launch a marketplace. Before Via, you went to work for the D. E. Shaw Research for four years. Then on the weekends, we were really trying to get this off the ground. On the one hand, we had all these, what I would call maybe ride hailing companies that had already been operating for maybe a couple of years. They run the same routes often as the bus. A lot of cities and regulators were opposed to it. Daniel Ramot | New York, New York | 500+ connections | See Daniel's complete profile on Linkedin and connect 2018, we really saw a massive growth. Obviously, being in New York, especially, is very commercial, very business-oriented. : Having a corporate job, it’s quite comfortable. They’re seeing declining ridership on their bus systems. That was a great experience trying to bring that together into biology. We have an entrepreneur today that is going to help us learn a lot. It became famous for being one of the first hedge funds to trade using computers, using computational algorithms, and was really one of the leaders in the field of quantitative trading and still is. This was a viable idea. Thank you, so much. Then through some friends got introduced to D. E. Shaw Research. A lot of what I try to do, in my Ph.D. was try to utilize some of the knowledge and experience that I had in server engineering and bring it into neuroscience. So, maybe, to be fair, those cities and transit agencies that didn’t really want to talk to us in 2013 were actually pretty smart, because I think the system we had then, it wasn’t really good enough. One day, you’ve got a ton of demand, and you’re super stressed about, as in our case, not having enough drivers on the platform. 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