Dodging in and out of Istanbul’s infamously difficult traffic gave Serhan his passion for speed. His first American car was a Chevy Camaro and then ‘Black Beauty’ his souped up BMW M3. Whilst he and Hermione were courting they would drag race their cars home over the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Combining their mutual love for cars and technology they came up with the idea for TechDrive.
Dream car: Porsche 911 GTR 3 with iPhone controlled fire extinguisher
Hermione is an new media journalist, entrepreneur and TV personality. In 2008 she started a blog that become a video partner of TechCrunch Europe and then went on to become the Silicon Valley Video Director for The Next Web and star in Bravo’s Startups Silicon Valley.
Her father taught her to drive at the age of nine in a stick shift BMW in a disused airport and since then she has had a passion for driving everywhere as fast as she could.
Dream Car: Being British it would have to be a vintage Aston Martin, controlled via her iPhone obviously!
Collete Davis is one of the only females in the world in development for the INDYCAR series. Since starting college for Mechanical engineering at 16, she’s been on the fast track to the top — a championship her first year in racing, wins in numerous types of cars, setting track records, making her pro debut in Motorsports at 18, and being selected to represent Team USA on an international F1 training platform. Her presence in Silicon Valley was launched after graduating VC’s Tim Draper’s, Draper University, where she transformed her racing career into a company.
Collete is a Co-Founder of OCTANE (August 2014), a brand new platform harnessing the power of the racing industry by combining digital media content with social conversation.
A self confessed ‘car nut’ Ajay brings the tech to TechDrive. Based off a decade of research at Carnegie Mellon University funded by DARPA and Bosch he founded Speak With Me, a Silicon Valley based startup that now builds speech recognition technology for cars and other devices.
Because we are car nuts at Speak With Me – we took a client-centric approach to speech recognition, and made a platform to build virtual-assistants that is 100 times faster than Siri and battle tested on the racetrack. We can’t say yet what cars Speak With Me will be in, but we can guarantee you’re going to feel like David Hasselhoff when you drive one.
Dream car: Ferrari F40 – raw, fast, a great way to enjoy a journey.