Will Columbus become “the Silicon Valley of smart transportation”?

The energy and opportunities created by Smart Columbus—the mobility, safety and sustainability initiative spawned by a $50 million grant from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation—has created a friendly environment here for transportation startups. Our sister publication Columbus CEO dedicated an entire issue this month to “the entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and public officials attempting to turn Columbus into the Silicon Valley of smart transportation.”

From electric bike shares to creating nimble transportation options for people who work in hard-to-reach neighborhoods, those startups are bringing fresh ideas to the equation. They’re also bringing that youthful Silicon Valley spirit to Columbus, as we learned during a recent visit to Pillar Technology, which built the computer operating system for Smart Columbus. At Pillar’s Short North headquarters, we found a robot roaming the office, catered gourmet Friday lunches for staff and beer on tap for late-day meetings.

Check out the entire CEO November issue—and start with this profile of four forward-looking transportation startups: EmpowerBus, Pillar Technology, Electric Ave and Share.