LAVA Mobile MVP Program – June 14, 6:30 PM, tiato

Thursday evening LAVA Mobile will launch their Mobile Vertical Perspectives (MVP) series focused on Mobile in Automotive. During this interactive evening with experts presenting TED-like talks, Mobile LAVA will explore mobile across the three dimensions of the automotive consumer experience–from Shopping to Purchase to Ownership. We’ll ask questions about where inefficiencies lie and new opportunities that wait for entrepreneurs to exploit.

As one of the largest industries in the world, automotive has been a fertile environment for innovation and new ideas. Today, every tier of the industry, from dealers and manufacturers to hundreds of technology and service providers, has been exploring various ways to harness the power of the mobile device to enhance and bring value to the retail automotive experience. 
Some of these mobile technologies provide new ways for consumers to find and buy vehicles while others provide enhanced driver guidance and control.  User smartphones are increasingly being integrated with onboard automotive technology to provide integrated hands-free telephone, safety, and on-demand entertainment.

The evening’s Speakers:  

Shuki Lehavi, CEO Gumiyo

Shuki Lehavi co-founded Gumiyo in 2006, and has been the company’s leading voice ever since. Today, as the Chief Executive Officer, Shuki continues to lead Gumiyo’s dynamic team in building the company’s unique platform and portfolio of products.

Shuki is an avid technologist with more than 15 years of successful experience in managing and developing enterprise applications in the banking, healthcare, automotive, and mobile industries. He enjoys working with founders and solving business, product and technology problems.

Jim Hughes, CEO Intellacar

For over 30 years, Jim Hughes has been a successful entrepreneur, winning awards and delivering the wow for well-known brands. With an extensive background in creating powerful solutions for both dealers and OEMs (e.g. Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, etc.), Jim brings his passion and expertise to the mobile space with IntellaCar, a game-changing iPad solution that accelerates the sales process and enhances the customer experience.

Bret Tobey, CEO Carvoyant

After strategic product management and business development roles for the world’s largest security hardware manufacturer, ASSA ABLOY, Bret headed back to his startup roots to launch Carvoyant. His work at ASSA ABLOY led to the initial architecture and business model for Carvoyant. Reaching back to his involvement with the first Internet load of VISA backed cash value to a smart card (1998), he has an extensive background with large scale identity and transaction systems. He has also managed the conception, strategy and development of numerous products with combined software and hardware elements such as this touch screen lockset. He is a father of four and an avid sailor.

Carvoyant is built around solving a very common point of pain, “what does my check engine light mean?” and “who do I trust to get it fixed?” Combining automotive diagnostics, mobile technologies and data analytics, Carvoyant creates a trusted “health record” for your car. Using a simple wireless transmitter that plugs into a car’s On Board Diagnostic (OBD) System and a mobile app downloaded to a smartphone; Carvoyant will listen to a car and when a problem arises we give drivers the tools to connect with dealers and mechanics.

Chuck Parker, Publisher, Automotive Digest

Parker’s industry management experience prior to founding and Automotive Information Network, Inc. in 1998 includes 9 years as publisher of automotive print magazines at Bobit Publishing and Director of Electronic Media. Before  entering automotive print magazine publishing. Chuck held senior executive management positions at Avis Leasing, National Car Rental, Rollins Auto Leasing, The LeMans Group, Colonial National Bank and founded two automotive systems and marketing companies.

 Chuck is an acknowledged Industry analyst and spokesperson with management  and publishing  experience in all aspects of the automotive  market including dealer operations & marketing, fleet, commercial & retail leasing, systems development, auto finance & underwriting, car & truck rental, fueling, green vehicle development and automotive conference management.

Presentations:  “Ted Talks” presentations – each expert will provide a 7-10 minute standup talk on how mobile is changing the game in automotive from their respective perspective.  The focus will be upon product categories or market perspective, followed by 2-3 minutes of questions

Wrap up:  Short five-minute panel where each expert can comment / ask questions of the other experts and audience participation as time permits

Networking: 6:30
Presentations: 7:30-8:30
Post presentation 8:30-9:00 (roughly)

Venue: tiato, 2700 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, 90404. 

All LAVA Mobile events require pre-registration at:  LAVA Mobile.  SIG events are free for LAVA members, guests are only $35.  Parking at tiato is free after 5:00 PM with validation – enter on Colorado.

LAVA Mobile is the Strategic Interest Group focused on mobile technology, business and trends for the Los Angeles Venture Association’s members, guests and community.  LAVA Mobile is generously sponsored by E&Y and Gumiyo.


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