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Via is re-engineering public transit—from a regulated system of rigid routes and schedules to a fully dynamic, on-demand network. The Via algorithm matches, in real time, multiple passengers headed the same way with a single large SUV or van. Passengers request rides through a mobile app, and Via’s systems instantly select and, if necessary, re-route the vehicle that best matches the passenger’s route. Targeting the gap between outdated public transit and expensive luxury car services, the Via platform currently operates in New York City and Chicago, has provided more than four million rides, and is growing rapidly. Founded in 2012 by Daniel Ramot and Oren Shoval, who previously led engineering projects for the Israeli Air Force and have PhDs in neuroscience and systems biology from Stanford University and the Weizmann Institute of Science, respectively, the idea for Via came from Israel, where many people rely on shared vehicles called sheruts to travel quickly, cheaply and easily along major streets. Via is headquartered in New York, with offices in Tel Aviv and Chicago. Pitango, the leading venture capital firm in Israel, has been investing in technology entrepreneurs since 1993. With offices in Israel and Silicon Valley, California, Pitango currently manages over $2 billion in committed capital across several funds. Pitango Growth is a fund dedicated to investing in growth companies in their expansion and scale-up phases. To date, Pitango has invested in more than 210 companies, among them companies that have gone public, such as Varonis (NASDAQ: VRNS), and Borderfree (NASDA Q: BRDR), and companies that were acquired, such as Check (acquired by Intuit), dbMotion (acquired by AllScripts), Anobit (Acquired by Apple), Optonol (acquired by Alcon), and Ventor (acquired by Medtronic). Pitango invests in seed, early stage, and growth companies in the IT, Life Sciences, and Cleantech industries. 83North, formerly Greylock IL, is a global venture capital firm with more than $550 million under management. The fund invests in exceptional European and Israeli entrepreneurs, across all stages of consumer and enterprise companies. With offices in London and Tel-Aviv, 83North is the sum of the latitudes of these two main hubs of operation. 83North started as Greylock IL, and remains deeply rooted in the main US tech hubs, with over half of its portfolio companies having operations in the US. Hearst Ventures has grown since its initial investment in Netscape in 1995, to become one of the most active and successful corporate venture funds, with more than $1 billion in strategic investments in companies operating at the intersection of media and technology.]]>