Our mission is to create value for automotive technology businesses & fuel the next wave of technological innovation in the space.
Automotive Ventures typically writes $100-$200k initial checks into seed or pre-seed stage startups, though we will opportunistically invest in later stage rounds as well. We additionally will selectively syndicate deals with likeminded co-investors, resulting in our taking a larger slice of the round.
Who We Are
Steve has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive technology space. He started his career in 1999 selling software to car dealers and has overseen more than $1 billion in automotive technology acquisitions.
Steve served as TrueCar’s Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, and AutoTrader.com’s Vice President of Product Management and Business Development, overseeing the acquisitions of vAuto, Kelley Blue Book, HomeNet Automotive, VinSolutions, and DealerScience.
Earlier in his career, Steve served as Manheim’s Director of International Development, overseeing Manheim’s overseas investments, including establishing new joint ventures in Dubai, Istanbul and Beijing.
In his spare time, Steve serves as President of the Emory University Alumni Board, on the board of the Emory Impact Investment Group (EIIG), and the board of the Emory Entrepreneur Network. He serves as a board member of both Advent Resources and T-Drill. He also serves as a board member of Community Consulting Teams (CCT) Atlanta, a nonprofit providing pro-bono management consulting services to small Atlanta-area non-profits. For fun, he likes to ride his three motorcycles on the racetrack and hang out with his eight rescue cats.
Senior Venture Associate
Justin founded and ran a wholesale grape and bulk wine marketplace, growing the platform’s registered userbase to thousands of wine firms and becoming the industry’s largest online source of publicly listed inventory for sale. Prior to striking out on his own as a founder, Justin held various strategy and operations roles, including as an internal consultant within AT&T’s global supply chain strategy organization and an early team member of a high-growth B2B SaaS startup, where he reported directly to the CTO.
As a former startup employee and subsequent founder, Justin has developed a special appreciation for the unique challenges of growing an early stage venture and loves the chance to be a sounding-board and thought-partner for other founders.
Justin is an alum of Emory’s Goizueta Business School and for fun enjoys listening to audiobooks, taking long hikes, and attempting to become handier one weekend DIY home project at a time.
Our Investors and Partners
Our fund’s investors have deep automotive expertise and are a combination of dealer principals, professional investors, and successful automotive technology entrepreneurs who have built and sold businesses.