The accident led to the creation of a $ 80 million startup!
For the Russian Vitaly Ponomarev, a road accident, in which he got on his Audi A6, turned into the ideas of creating a Russian startup who has already received $ 80 million in funding!
Vitaly drove along one of the transport rings of Moscow and, as many other drivers do, looked into his gadget where the city map was opened. As a result, he did not have a split second to manage to slow down, and his Audi collided with a car in front.
Then he wondered whether it was possible to make a navigation system that would not force the driver to look away from the situation on the road. Six years later, Vitali’s company, called WayRay, received $ 80 million from investors. These included Porsche-producing holding Automobil Holding.
In addition to Porsche, Hyundai Motor, Alibaba Group, China Merchants Capital Foundation, JVCKENWOOD, Sistema JSFC, as well as a consortium of sovereign investment funds of Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE and Bahrain and the Russian-Japanese Investment Fund invested in the startup.
An excellent startup of Russian origin.