Maniv Mini Logo (no background).png

Michael Granoff

Founder & Managing Partner

Michael Granoff is founder and Managing Director of Maniv Mobility. Aside from several startup boards, Mr.  Granoff serves on the board of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), a Washington, DC-based policy and advocacy organization he helped establish in 2004. Past board roles included that of electric car network developer Better Place. He has been involved in three US Presidential campaigns and in 2010 received Brandeis University’s Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship.

Mr. Granoff holds a B.A. from Tufts University, an MBA and JD from Kellogg, Northwestern University, is a veteran marathon runner and father of four.

Olaf Sakkers

General Partner

Olaf joined Maniv Mobility in 2014, playing an instrumental role in shaping its investment strategy and growing the first fund to $45M AUM and its portfolio to 18 of the leading global mobility startups. Olaf is regarded as one of the leading researchers of autonomous vehicles, writing about topics such as business model disruption in the automotive industry and appearing at numerous conferences and summits worldwide to speak about the impact of autonomous vehicles and related technologies. Olaf also compiles Maniv's popular newsletter, a monthly summary and commentary of key industry developments which is read by a large portion of the key executives in the industry. Olaf served in the IDFs Foreign Liaison department, and holds a B.A. from Princeton University.

Nate Jaret

Principal

Nate manages the investment and dealflow process at Maniv Mobility, vetting and identifying investment opportunities, conducting due diligence and leading companies to funding.

Before joining Maniv, Nate managed the dealflow and investment process for OurCrowd First, which was recognized as Israel's most active seed-stage venture fund during his tenure. Nate was an early employee at OurCrowd, the global equity crowdfunding leader, where he played an instrumental role in laying the foundation for the massive growth that the company has seen.

Nate is an active mentor and member of the selection committee for startup accelerator programs including MassChallenge and Siftech.

Danielle Holtz

Head of Business Development 

Danielle manages Maniv’s Business Development and Investor Relations efforts, overseeing Maniv’s portfolio support and managing the fund’s relationship with its Limited Partners.

Before joining Maniv, Danielle was Manager of Partnerships at OurCrowd, one of the world’s leading equity crowdfunding platforms. As one of OurCrowd's early employees, Danielle played a critical role in shaping and implementing the company's business development efforts seeing the company through three financing rounds that raised over $200M.  Danielle holds a B.A. in Business Administration & Italian Literature from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also attended the Universita` Di Perugia in Italy where she received a Certificate of Proficiency in Italian.

Prescott Watson

Principal

Prescott opened Maniv's Silicon Valley office in 2019. He previously invested and served in senior product roles in startups in the US and Israel.

As fintech startup OurCrowd's first employee in 2012, he led product for its online equity crowdfunding platform and later joined its investment team. OurCrowd today manages over $1B in assets and was recognized by KPMG as a "top 10" global fintech startup. Among the deals he played a role in were Zoomcar (board obs.), Innoviz, and Argus Cyber (acq. by Continental).

After leading Edgybees' seed round in 2018, he joined the startup to guide product strategy and its entrance to the US defense market.