von der Ohe

Co-Founder, CEO


You come across an opportunity to positively impact societies around the globe maybe once in your lifetime. An opportunity to truly make a difference. Our unique approach to autonomous driving gives us this chance: redefining how people move in a better way. Building and shipping a product with this great team is what drives me day and night.


Launched Zoox’ first self-driving vehicle on public streets as leading Technical Program Manager in Silicon Valley, launched Amazon’s first Echo as leading Technical Program Manager on Device Software, Founded two (funded) mobility companies. M. Sc. Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University.


Co-Founder, CTO


Building products together with an amazing team based on cutting-edge technology to serve a greater purpose and solve problems – for the people, for our planet.


Manager of an engineering team in Silicon Valley to build autonomous shuttles, built teams and various mobility products: electric race cars, e-motorcycles, light electric vehicles, electric passenger vehicles, including one of the most successful electric delivery vehicles in Germany. RWTH Aachen, Imperial College London.


Co-founder, VP Engineering & Teledrive Experience


Vay is aiming to launch the first vehicle without a safety driver on public roads in Europe. This involves exciting engineering challenges, many of which have never been worked on before, ranging from autonomous vehicle technology, cybersecurity, backend, machine learning and safety-critical SW. Coming up with engineering solutions to these topics is something that I’m super excited to work on at Vay.


Team Lead at Microsoft, Senior Software Engineer at Skype. M. Sc. in Computer Science from Belgrade University.


VP Programs and Engineering Operations


Working closely with people from different cultures and professional backgrounds (hardware, software, operations, etc.) gives me the chance to learn new ways of approaching projects, structuring teams, and setting up processes every day. The results of this incredible teamwork are hugely rewarding, and visible in each step of our product.


Part of the management circle at AUDI AG, responsible for the implementation of prototypes at early development stages of new products (innovation vehicles, concept and pre-series vehicles, show cars, design models, testing single parts, PoCs, 3D-printing)


CBO - Business & Corporate Development


What drives me is to work on goals that have a big impact on society. Additionally, I wanted to work with the smartest and most innovative people in the tech world. That’s better at Vay than any other company I’ve spoken to recently.


Responsible for global strategic partnerships at Uber, where he focused on deals with automotive OEMs, vehicle fleet operators, vehicle battery technology companies and electrification infrastructure providers. Was CEO and chief growth officer at Quirk. Began his professional life at Morgan Stanley as a fixed income trader after studying economics and finance. Built the first startup incubator in Africa in 2002 and has been mentoring founders of technology startups for over ten years. He is an angel investor in software technology and holds board positions in some of these companies.


Director of People


Driven by a passion for fostering vibrant organizational cultures, I am a seasoned leader specializing in People and Culture. Throughout my career journey, I’ve championed initiatives to empower teams, from crafting recruitment strategies aligned with core values to implementing data-driven processes for optimal People Operations.


My background spans roles where I’ve spearheaded the establishment of People departments from scratch and led teams through significant growth. I thrive on continuous learning, embracing remote/hybrid cultures and cutting-edge HR technologies. I leadled innovative solutions to optimise processes and initiatives that rewarded InfoJobs a “Best Place to Work”.
Outside of work, my passions for mountains and my dog, reflect my eagerness to explore the wild and love for 4-legs companions.


Senior Principal Software Engineer


After having worked in autonomous robotics research for a long time in the Silicon Valley, I am thrilled to be working at a company that is finally bringing this technology into people’s everyday lives.


Tech Lead at Google Tango in Mountain View, Research Engineer at Willow Garage, yoga instructor since 2018.


Lead Industrial Designer


What drives me at Vay is the enthusiasm and passion for a vision that is embedded in the company culture, and at the same time the strict discipline in its implementation.


Industrial Product Design Lead at TEAMS DESIGN GmbH for over six years, started as a Trainee in Shanghai City. Worked as Industrial and Product Designer at LOTHAR BOHM ASSOCIATES LIMITED, Lutz Herrmann Design, Indeed Innovation and Werksdesign.


Director of Software Engineering


Helping engineers to do their best and most important work. Elegance in software. Bringing ideas from books to real life and from one domain to another. Going from A to B fast.


Software Generalist. Maps and Mobility Geek (Lon, Lat not Lat, Lon). High Load at Yandex, Geo Analytics and Last Mile at HERE Maps, Mobility Platform at Daimler. Conway’s Law Enthusiast.




A car enthusiast, driven by cars, driving and technology.


Nursery school teacher. Driver at Skoda’s start-up Caredriver.


Director of Legal


I’m passionate about leveraging technology to democratize transportation and revolutionize the mobility landscape.


Senior Counsel Product & Strategy at Uber handling catastrophic loss claims and litigation, 13 years of experience in product & safety advising and risk mitigation, J.D. University of Illinois at Chicago.

Stepping into the future of mobility

”I had the chance to work in a company that is transforming the mobility industry with its innovative teledriving approach. My experience at Vay was an opportunity to help shape the future of mobility and make a real contribution.”

Noya Assaraf as an Intern in communications at Vay

Over the past 6 months, I’ve been part of Vay’s team as a Communications Intern. During my internship, I developed strategies to build global thought leadership in the mobility industry, raise awareness, create a community and trust, leverage our media content and worked on many other external communication projects. 

I first heard about Vay at the START Summit conference that I co-organized. Thomas von der Ohe, CEO and co-founder of Vay, introduced the teledriving technology as an alternative to car-ownership on stage. I was astonished by Vay’s futuristic and visionary service. Timing was right: Anja Rechtsteiner, the Head of  Communication, was looking for an intern to kick off the new department. 

During my internship, I learned how to understand our potential customers and to develop effective communication strategies accordingly. I worked on several projects such as building a community, developing referral marketing strategies, preparing media visits and interviews and building the social media  communication strategy. I constantly stayed up-to-date on the latest news in the mobility industry, did lots of research on the industry and collected data on what Vay is solving for the transportation sector. I was amazed by the speed in which the startup is growing and how fast we would move from one project to the next. 

My key learning is how important the culture is within a company. I learned that a great culture is not only about organising team events, but is mainly shaped by the impact that employees have on the company and how they interact with each other. What makes the team special is that people are always open to help and share their knowledge, regardless of one’s position. Therefore I learned a lot about our technology, business strategy and the development of our service. The team is transparent and openly informs about the milestones, obstacles and situation of the company. Thanks to the open communication and great feedback culture, I had the chance to learn about many different areas beyond my department.

It was very valuable for me to see how business, tech and creative talents are working together towards solving transportation in metropolitan areas. Vay has a whole ecosystem, from software-, electrical-, mechanical-engineering, design, finance to communications, it offers the opportunity to work with many different departments and inspiring colleagues.

What I found unique about Vay is its collaborative workspace where you learn from experienced people who worked in exciting companies like Uber, Amazon, Tesla, Google, Audi, BMW or BCG, and some have even founded companies. This unique environment of open-mindedness and knowledge sharing was valuable for my growth and development, both professionally and personally. Being part of an innovative fast-growing company with a big vision for the future is an exciting environment to learn and grow.

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