Episode #137: Our Driverless Future with Evangelos Simoudis

In today’s episode of Future Squared, we welcome back Evangelos Simoudis, a recognized expert on big data strategies and corporate innovation who first joined usin episode #20 of Future Squared when we discussed corporate VCs, incubators and startup acquisitions .

He has been working in Silicon Valley for 25 years as a venture investor, entrepreneur, and corporate executive. Evangelos is the co-founder and Managing Director of Synapse Partners, a venture firm that invests in early-stage startups developing big data applications, and an advisor to global corporations on big data strategies and Startup-Driven Innovation.

Since last chatting with Evangelos he has penned and released a new book entitled The Big Data Opportunity in our Driverless Future which explores the magnitude, extent and timing of the disruption that autonomous vehicles will bring, the role that data will play in the enabling the next generation of mobility and how both startups and corporates can position themselves to take advantage of the emerging opportunities.

Topics Covered:

  • Drivers of automotive disruption
  • The impact of urbanisation on vehicle ownership and use
  • Pollution and climate change
  • The rate at which we can expect autonomous vehicle adoption to play out
  • Development of the ecosystem required to support autonomous vehicles
  • The different levels of automation; from 0 to 4
  • The applications of big data in autonomous vehicles- Implications for auto insurers
  • Ethical questions
  • Companies at the core of the autonomous vehicle and mobility movement (Uber, Zipcar, Google, Tesla)
  • Traits companies successfully exploring mobility share
  • Corporate startup partnerships
  • Five recommendations for disrupting with big data
  • Why companies should leverage their scale when partnering with startups
  • Innovation outposts, incubators and accelerators

Show Notes:

  1. The book: https://amzn.to/2p9rA0M
  2. Synapse Partners: synapsepartners.co/team/evangelos-simoudis/
  3. Evangelos on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/evangelossimoudis
  4. Evangelos’ blog: corporateinnovation.co/ 
  5. Episode 20 with Evangelos - futuresquared.xyz/podcast/episode-…tup-acquisitions


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April 22, 2017




Steve Glaveski

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