Mojio

Founded in 2012, Mojio is the leading open platform for connected cars. Trusted by some of the world's top wireless carriers, including Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile US, Mojio is the platform of choice for scalable deployment of secure connected car services for enterprise customers, including wireless carriers, auto manufacturers, car dealers, insurers and fleets. Based in downtown Vancouver and Silicon Valley, Mojio develops enterprise-grade connected car solutions for a growing suite of customers in North America, Europe and beyond.

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News Article | June 2, 2017
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Mojio, the leading open platform for connected cars, is a finalist in the category of Best Aftermarket Telematics Product/Service at the upcoming the 2017 TU-Automotive Awards in Detroit, MI. Trusted by T-Mobile (see SyncUP DRIVE) in the United States and Deutsche Telekom in Europe, Mojio’s secure cloud platform enables automakers, consumers, and ecosystem partners to harness the growing capabilities of big data. The TU-Automotive Award for Best Aftermarket Telematics Product/Service recognizes the solution that best delivers enterprise benefits to automakers while providing ongoing value to consumers. Mojio’s connected car platform creates a two-way bridge that helps OEMs connect directly with new and existing customers, providing access to valuable insights across three dimensions (behavioral, diagnostic and contextual) of telematics data. It also benefits consumers and small businesses with plug-and-play Wi-Fi hotspots, GPS location services, enhanced vehicle safety and security features, as well as access to an active and growing partner ecosystem. Globally, Mojio expects to have more than 700,000 vehicles connected to its platform by the end of 2017. “We are honored to be named a finalist in the TU-Automotive Awards,” said Mojio CEO, Kenny Hawk. “Mojio is not only providing the automotive industry’s first open, broadly adopted, cloud platform for connected vehicles, we are also driving the industry forward by turning the promise of big data insights into reality.” Mojio recently tapped automotive industry veteran, Rich McLeer, as SVP of Automotive to further broaden the platform’s deployment with automotive-specific engagements and partnerships. “The TU-Automotive Awards are the most prestigious and anticipated awards in the connected car industry,” said Emilie Leblanc, Awards Director. “We attract over 400 nominations from all over the world and recognize companies that are pushing the industry forward through innovation, industry engagement, and quality products and services.” Award winners will be announced at a pre-conference ceremony that kicks-off the TU-Automotive Detroit Conference and Exhibition on June 6 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Detroit, Michigan. You can visit Mojio in booth A26 during the conference and exhibition. Mojio is a global leader in aftermarket telematics, providing its secure cloud platform and white-label app solutions to major wireless carriers, including Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile. Companies throughout the automotive value chain rely on Mojio’s apps, services and data insights to help them deliver desirable connected car experiences and capitalize on new revenue streams. Founded in 2012, Mojio has one of the industry’s strongest cloud ecosystems with key partners like Microsoft, Google, Amazon and SAP. Learn more about Mojio’s automotive solutions here.


News Article | December 6, 2016
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The 2nd Annual Connected Car Hackathon at AutoMobility LA brought together bright minds from across Los Angeles to rapidly develop and prototype solutions that harnessed Mojio’s open platform for connected cars and the Amazon Alexa Skills Kit. The hackathon yielded twenty-three teams that entered the ring to compete for the most innovative and well-executed application ideas. With only thirty-six hours of development on the table, teams were expected to take their ideas from concept, to code, and into production for a live presentation and demo to the panel of judges. One of the twenty-three teams was a group of enthusiastic engineers from NCompassTrac, a leading software technology company based in Laguna Hills, CA. The team of four developed a strong concept and came together over the weekend to craft LUMEN, a connected car app that utilizes real-time data Mojio’s platform to help everyday drivers focus on identifying and correcting driving inefficiencies via the “LUMEN Score”. The LUMEN score is further enriched with multiple 3rd party data sources, such as OpenWeather, OpenMaps, and the NHTSA, and uses specially crafted algorithms to produce a single number that represents a weighted average view of efficiency. LUMEN considers a variety of variables such as weather conditions, speed limits, OEM published MPG for a vehicle, and uses contextual information to help determine whether or not the efficiency was an uncontrollable circumstance or something that is habitual and can be improved. The team took their concept to the next level with the addition of the LUMEN Indicator, a real-time visual indicator that utilizes a spectrum of color to represent a driver’s LUMEN score and provides actionable advice. In addition, the LUMEN app provides a distraction and hands-free experience to relate to a vehicle with support for seven dynamic Amazon Alexa questions that allow the driver to ask the following: What is my LUMEN score? How can I improve my LUMEN score? What's my top speed? What's my battery voltage? Does my car have any recalls? What is my fuel efficiency? When will I need gas? The team believes the LUMEN score would be of significant interest to insurance companies, parents, highway patrol and law enforcement, as well as OEM’s as they can assess the performance of makes and models and derive safety and efficiency data from them. “Amongst a pool of strong contenders, the LUMEN team exceeded the judging panel’s expectations with their innovative execution across multiple technology stacks,” stated Kyle MacDonald, Head of Marketing at Mojio. “Not only did the team efficiently produce a complex driver scoring algorithm, but they managed to integrate data points from Mojio’s open platform with the Alexa Skills Kit for a meaningful connected car experience driven by conversation.” “We couldn’t be more proud of this team led by Chris Daden and Caleb Halford,” declared Kevin Cooper, CEO of NCompassTrac. “With 23 talented teams and a compressed time frame, the scope, functionality and applicability of LUMEN to the growing Connected Car market was spot on.” The winning team members from NCompassTrac include Chris Daden, Caleb Halford, Jordan Zarate, and Cole Cooper. To view the LUMEN product demonstration on YouTube, follow this link: https://youtu.be/XNnYkny4AHE A leading software technology company located in Laguna Hills, California that builds cloud based computing applications for the Automotive, Power Sports and Event markets that make a positive economic impact on efficiencies and the way companies operate. Founded in 2012, Mojio is the leading open platform for connected cars. Trusted by the world’s top wireless carriers, including Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile, Mojio is the platform of choice for scalable deployment of secure connected car apps and services for enterprise customers, including wireless carriers, auto manufacturers, car dealers, insurers and fleets. Mojio unlocks hidden telematics data from nearly any car, bringing “dumb” cars into the Internet of Things and enabling a new suite of automotive experiences that provide something we’ve all been searching for: peace of mind for our cars and the people in them. Mojio is actively hiring for cutting edge engineering roles in Palo Alto, Prague and Vancouver! For more information, visit http://www.moj.io. For career opportunities, visit Mojio on LinkedIn.


News Article | February 21, 2017
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Mojio, the leading open platform for connected cars, today announces the appointment of Vidhya Ranganathan as its Vice President of Engineering. Vidhya brings more than 25 years of proven SaaS leadership to Mojio’s growing team of mobile developers, software engineers and and quality assurance managers. Speaking about what Vidhya’s appointment means for Mojio, CEO Kenny Hawk said, “Vidhya’s track record for building, mentoring and retaining high-caliber engineering teams is simply unmatched. Her proven ability to scale SaaS platforms to tens of millions of users is a perfect fit for the growing demand we’re experiencing from mobile network operators.” A pioneering engineer at heart, Vidhya developed the foundation for “Big Data” long before the term was coined. In the mid 1990s, she launched one of the first online analytical processing (OLAP) solutions, sparking a new generation of cloud-based business intelligence tools. Software giant Oracle picked up on this breakthrough, acquiring the technology and team for $3.3 billion in 2007. Oracle charged Vidhya with ownership of the company’s flagship Business Intelligence Platform, generating nearly $2 billion in annual revenue from Fortune 500 customers, including British Telecom, Credit Suisse and Delta Airlines. Prior to joining Mojio, Vidhya was the SVP of Engineering and Products at Accellion, where she developed the world’s only secure content sharing platform for private clouds and regulated industries. Her award-winning cloud platform, Kiteworks, delivered a perfect solution for security conscious enterprises (such as Verizon), government agencies, and financial services, scaling to tens of millions of users worldwide. Vidhya will now manage and scale Mojio’s cloud-based connected vehicle platform, driving forward three key areas of innovation and growth: Automotive IoT: Mojio’s open platform mobilizes the IoT to the most powerful computers we own, our vehicles. By developing hardware agnostic, retrofit solutions for hundreds of millions of vehicles, Mojio is primed for mass adoption through its mobile operator partners, including Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile USA. Big Automotive Data: Connected vehicles demand big data, expertly channeled, managed and deployed. Vidhya has been at the forefront of delivering revolutionary data solutions for over 25 years and relishes the challenge of securely storing, analyzing and monetizing the Mojio’s massive data sets. Team Forging: Vidhya’s leadership has already impacted Mojio’s engineers, as she prepared the company’s cloud platform for the rapid user growth coming from T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE (the Un-carrier’s all-in-one connected car solution, powered by Mojio). Moving forward, Vidhya aims to attract driven, innovative thinkers. With her hands firmly on the steering wheel, Vidhya is keen to get down to business. “I couldn’t be happier with Mojio’s high-energy team,” shared Vidhya. “The pace of growth in the connected car space is exhilarating, and I look forward to nurturing an engineering culture to match.” Vidhya is actively searching for top engineering talent to join her team. You can connect with her directly on LinkedIn. Founded in 2012, Mojio is the leading open platform for connected cars. We are on a mission to give every vehicle a voice, harnessing automotive data to empower people, businesses and cities with peace of mind. Mojio is hiring for exciting positions in Palo Alto, Prague and Vancouver. Visit Mojio’s job board to view career opportunities.


TORONTO, Oct. 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- More Canadians are embracing the global connected car movement thanks to TELUS, Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company. TELUS is partnering with Mojio, the leading open platform for connected cars, and ZTE, a premier manufacturer of phones, tablets, Wi-Fi and connected car devices. This new solution will enable Canadians to equip their vehicles with a range of exciting features that aim to make driving smarter, safer and more convenient. TELUS Drive+TM is available today nationwide, and is made easy for Canadians to experience at $0 upfront. “We are excited to launch TELUS Drive+ and the Connected Car category on Canada’s largest and fastest network,” said Rob Currie, Vice President, Mobile Devices at TELUS. “The Drive+ offering allows us to provide customers with important driving safety features, vehicle diagnostics and convenient connectivity for passengers.” Built by ZTE and running on Canada’s largest and fastest mobile network (1), the TELUS Drive+ device is compatible with most vehicles built after 1996 and simply plugs into the car's On-Board Diagnostic (OBD-II) port. After downloading the TELUS Drive+ app, powered by Mojio, on their smartphone from the Apple App Store or Google Play and completing the easy setup, customers can access a range of features that will help keep their family safe, secure and connected at all times: “There are nearly 18 million ‘disconnected’ passenger vehicles on Canada’s roads. Our goal is to rapidly decrease that figure while simultaneously offering a smarter, safer and more convenient driving and vehicle ownership experience,” said Kenny Hawk, CEO of Mojio. “As a Canadian company, we are passionate about helping Canada take more of a driving role in the connected car movement. TELUS is a pioneer in bringing the Internet of Things to Canada, and together we are going to innovate and constantly improve the TELUS Drive+ experience.” As of today, TELUS Drive+ is available nationwide at TELUS retail locations. For more information and to learn more about the solution, please visit telus.com/drive. With the advancement in connected car technology, we all need to take responsibility for ensuring safe driving habits. For resources on distracted driving please visit telus.com/wise. 1. As ranked by PCMag. Visit telus.com/network for details. About Mojio Open, scalable and hardware agnostic, Mojio is the cloud platform of choice for the deployment of secure, branded connected car apps and services. Mojio’s platform delivers a smarter, safer and more convenient driving and vehicle ownership experience to subscribers of major wireless carriers, including Deutsche Telekom, Rogers Communications, T-Mobile and TELUS. Companies throughout the automotive value chain rely on Mojio’s apps, services and data insights to deliver connected car experiences and capitalize on untapped revenue streams. Founded in 2012, Mojio nurtures one of the industry’s strongest cloud ecosystems with key partners like Amazon Alexa, Google, Microsoft and SAP. Mojio is hiring for exciting positions in Palo Alto, California, Sofia, Bulgaria and Vancouver, BC. Visit Mojio’s careers page to learn more.


News Article | November 8, 2016
Site: en.prnasia.com

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced alongside Mojio, the leading open platform for connected cars, their successful first step as partners for the launch of T-Mobile's SyncUp DRIVETM. Available beginning November 18 from T-Mobile, the T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE solution combines ZTE's innovative Internet of Things (IoT) device developed by ZTEWelink, a subsidiary of ZTE focused on M2M/IoT, with Mojio's cloud-based platform and mobile app, Motion -- all powered by T-Mobile and the nation's fastest 4G LTE network. T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE is an affordable, easy-to-install connected car solution that propels nearly any car into the Internet of Things, enabling a whole new suite of connected car experiences that provide something we've all been searching for -- peace of mind about our cars and the people in them. "Over the next five years the global economy will continue to transform and be connected together more than ever," said Lixin Cheng, SVP of ZTE Corporation. "Our M-ICT 2.0 strategy is helping us lead this transformation and we're excited to showcase this through teaming up with Mojio and T-Mobile in bringing the T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE solution to consumers in the U.S." Working with most vehicles from 1996 and newer, the T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE solution plugs in to the car's OBD-II port to not only unlock 4G LTE Wi-Fi access for passengers, but enable enhanced features such as virtual fences to know when your loved ones are arriving and departing common locations, real-time vehicle notifications to help keep your family safe and vehicle disturbance alerts to help keep your car secure, even when you're not with it. T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE users are the first to access Mojio's new connected car app, Motion, which provides enhanced connectivity and capabilities car owners have been wanting. "The Motion app combines years of research with an intuitive user interface to enable a new kind of automotive peace of mind," said Kenny Hawk, CEO of Mojio. "The goal of this IoT collaboration is to improve the relationship we have with our cars by adding enhanced safety, security and connectivity capabilities to the cars we already drive." Connect your car with other IoT devices, apps and services ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies and public sector customers. As part of ZTE's M-ICT strategy, the company is committed to provide customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge. Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE's products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in international standard-setting organizations. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn. Founded in 2012, Mojio is the leading open platform for connected cars. Trusted by some of the world's top wireless carriers, including Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile US, Mojio is the platform of choice for scalable deployment of secure connected car services for enterprise customers, including wireless carriers, auto manufacturers, car dealers, insurers and fleets. Based in downtown Vancouver and Silicon Valley, Mojio develops enterprise-grade connected car solutions for a growing suite of customers in North America, Europe and beyond.


News Article | November 7, 2016
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If your car could talk, what would it say? Thanks to a collaboration between ZTE and Mojio, unlocking your car's hidden data is now possible with T-Mobile's SyncUP DRIVE™ SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced alongside Mojio, the leading open platform for connected cars, their successful first step as partners for the launch of T-Mobile's SyncUP DRIVE™. Available beginning November 18 from T-Mobile, the T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE solution combines ZTE's innovative Internet of Things (IoT) device developed by ZTEWelink, a subsidiary of ZTE focused on M2M/IoT, with Mojio's cloud-based platform and mobile app, Motion – all powered by T-Mobile and the nation's fastest 4G LTE network. T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE is an affordable, easy-to-install connected car solution that propels nearly any car into the Internet of Things, enabling a whole new suite of connected car experiences that provide something we've all been searching for - peace of mind about our cars and the people in them. "Over the next five years the global economy will continue to transform and be connected together more than ever," said Lixin Cheng, SVP of ZTE Corporation. "Our M-ICT 2.0 strategy is helping us lead this transformation and we're excited to showcase this through teaming up with Mojio and T-Mobile in bringing the T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE solution to consumers in the U.S." Working with most vehicles 1996 and newer, the T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE solution plugs in to your car's OBD-II port to not only unlock 4G LTE Wi-Fi access for passengers, but enable enhanced features such as virtual fences to know when your loved ones are arriving and departing common locations, real-time vehicle notifications to help keep your family safe and vehicle disturbance alerts to help keep your car secure, even when you're not with it. T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE users are the first to access Mojio's new connected car app, Motion, which provides enhanced connectivity and capabilities car owners have been wanting. "The Motion app combines years of research with an intuitive user interface to enable a new kind of automotive peace of mind," said Kenny Hawk, CEO of Mojio. "The goal of this IoT collaboration is to improve the relationship we have with our cars by adding enhanced safety, security and connectivity capabilities to the cars we already drive." Connect your car with other IoT devices, apps and services ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies and public sector customers. As part of ZTE's M-ICT strategy, the company is committed to provide customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge. Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE's products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in international standard-setting organizations. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn. Founded in 2012, Mojio is the leading open platform for connected cars. Trusted by some of the world's top wireless carriers, including Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile US, Mojio is the platform of choice for scalable deployment of secure connected car services for enterprise customers, including wireless carriers, auto manufacturers, car dealers, insurers and fleets. Based in downtown Vancouver and Silicon Valley, Mojio develops enterprise-grade connected car solutions for a growing suite of customers in North America, Europe and beyond.


News Article | November 7, 2016
Site: en.prnasia.com

SHENZHEN, China, Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet, today announced alongside Mojio, the leading open platform for connected cars, their successful first step as partners for the launch of T-Mobile's SyncUP DRIVE™. Available beginning November 18 from T-Mobile, the T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE solution combines ZTE's innovative Internet of Things (IoT) device developed by ZTEWelink, a subsidiary of ZTE focused on M2M/IoT, with Mojio's cloud-based platform and mobile app, Motion – all powered by T-Mobile and the nation's fastest 4G LTE network. T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE is an affordable, easy-to-install connected car solution that propels nearly any car into the Internet of Things, enabling a whole new suite of connected car experiences that provide something we've all been searching for - peace of mind about our cars and the people in them. "Over the next five years the global economy will continue to transform and be connected together more than ever," said Lixin Cheng, SVP of ZTE Corporation. "Our M-ICT 2.0 strategy is helping us lead this transformation and we're excited to showcase this through teaming up with Mojio and T-Mobile in bringing the T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE solution to consumers in the U.S." Working with most vehicles 1996 and newer, the T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE solution plugs in to your car's OBD-II port to not only unlock 4G LTE Wi-Fi access for passengers, but enable enhanced features such as virtual fences to know when your loved ones are arriving and departing common locations, real-time vehicle notifications to help keep your family safe and vehicle disturbance alerts to help keep your car secure, even when you're not with it. T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE users are the first to access Mojio's new connected car app, Motion, which provides enhanced connectivity and capabilities car owners have been wanting. "The Motion app combines years of research with an intuitive user interface to enable a new kind of automotive peace of mind," said Kenny Hawk, CEO of Mojio. "The goal of this IoT collaboration is to improve the relationship we have with our cars by adding enhanced safety, security and connectivity capabilities to the cars we already drive." Connect your car with other IoT devices, apps and services ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers, companies and public sector customers. As part of ZTE's M-ICT strategy, the company is committed to provide customers with integrated end-to-end innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications and information technology sectors converge. Listed in the stock exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE's products and services are sold to over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership roles in international standard-setting organizations. ZTE is committed to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global Compact. For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn. Founded in 2012, Mojio is the leading open platform for connected cars. Trusted by some of the world's top wireless carriers, including Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile US, Mojio is the platform of choice for scalable deployment of secure connected car services for enterprise customers, including wireless carriers, auto manufacturers, car dealers, insurers and fleets. Based in downtown Vancouver and Silicon Valley, Mojio develops enterprise-grade connected car solutions for a growing suite of customers in North America, Europe and beyond.


News Article | December 12, 2016
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Mojio, the leading open platform for connected cars, today announced the closing of a $15M USD Series A round of financing. This new funding will further the global adoption of Mojio’s hardware agnostic, cloud-based connected car platform. “The connected car market is heating up and our strategic investors are fueling our penetration with wireless operators and OEM’s globally,” said Mojio CEO, Kenny Hawk. “This latest round of funding will enable us to grow our engineering talent in Palo Alto, Prague and Vancouver.” By providing all the elements needed to quickly launch secure, branded connected car apps and services, Mojio has positioned itself as the platform of choice within the cellular industry. This funding fuels Mojio as the company supports rapid user growth via its operator partners, including T-Mobile in the United States. Mojio provides the platform and mobile app behind T-Mobile SyncUP DRIVE, the Un-carrier’s all-in-one connected car solution that launched nationwide on November 18th. Mojio is actively hiring engineers for cutting edge technology roles in Palo Alto, Prague and Vancouver to support additional launches with wireless operators in 2017. The additional investment from Amazon’s Alexa Fund bolsters Mojio’s vision to give every car a voice. Amazon Alexa and Mojio have been working together for more than a year, with Mojio developing one of the first Alexa skills for connected cars. That skill made it possible to ask Alexa questions about your connected car, such as, “Alexa, ask Mojio how much fuel my car has.” With this investment, the Alexa Fund is helping fuel the development of Mojio’s second generation Alexa Skill, which will harness the vast amount of automotive data being collected by Mojio’s open platform and bring new capabilities to Alexa. “Alexa now has more than 6,000 skills, and what we hear from customers is that some of the most useful skills are those which connect people to everyday tasks,” said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “We’ve been impressed with Mojio’s innovation in the connected car space, and we’re excited to help them expand their capabilities and bring new, innovative skills to Alexa.” “The Mojio team has built a leading, scalable platform and mobile app for connecting the 500 Million+ unconnected cars, ” said Thomas Vogel, Investment Director of Deutsche Telekom Strategic Investments. “Kenny Hawk (CEO) has built an experienced team with a track record of building highly successful businesses and we look forward to supporting Mojio’s growth." “The connected car market is at a major inflection point and we are thrilled to invest in the Mojio team and this amazing opportunity,” said John Occhipinti, Partner at Relay Ventures. “Just as my family has grown to love this product, we are excited to see others experience keeping their teen drivers safe, saving time coordinating busy schedules, and enjoying T-Mobile's in-car LTE Wi-Fi hotspot on long trips to Lake Tahoe.” Founded in 2012, Mojio is the leading open platform for connected cars. Trusted by the world’s top wireless operators, including Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile, Mojio is the platform of choice for scalable deployment of secure connected car apps and services for enterprise customers, including wireless operators, auto manufacturers, car dealers, insurers and fleets. Mojio unlocks hidden telematics data from nearly any car, bringing “dumb” cars into the Internet of Things and enabling a new suite of automotive experiences that provide something we’ve all been searching for: peace of mind for our cars and the people in them. Mojio is hiring for exciting positions in Palo Alto, Prague and Vancouver!


News Article | December 12, 2016
Site: techcrunch.com

Vancouver, Canada-based Mojio started out as a connected car gadget and platform that wasn’t unlike Automatic and similar services. In 2015, however, Mojio started emphasizing the B2B2C market and its platform play over its earlier B2C focus. In the process, the company’s founder and CEO Jay Giraud quietly stepped down last October, though he already laid much of the groundwork for this change, and Mojio brought in Kenny Hawk as its new CEO. Giraud is now an entrepreneur in residence at Yamaha Motor Ventures & Laboratory Silicon Valley. Back in 2015, Mojio (still under Giraud at the time) announced that it had raised an $8 million Series A round from Deutsche Telekom, Relay Ventures, Canada’s government-funded venture arm BDC, AOL co-founder Steve Case and others. It kept that round open, though, and today the company announced that it has raised an additional $7 million. Most of the new funding comes from existing investors, with BC Tech Fund via Kensington Capital being the only new investor. Mojio tells me that it kept the round open to ensure that it “had the runway to go global and the resources to grow [its] engineering talent.” I briefly spoke to Giraud after today’s announcement. “We were very strict about carrying the cost burden of being a cellular-based device from the start, because we designed the business model to be at the intersection of the wireless carriers and the automotive OEM’s who I predicted would battle for control of the connected car,” he told me. “Our model intentionally aligned with wireless carriers so we could one day have them add Mojio’s to people’s cell phone plans and scale beyond any pure B2C angle.” The addition of Deutsche Telekom is no coincidence then. The company is also specifically targeting wireless operators as partners and T-Mobile has already signed up in the United States. Given the continued involvement of Deutsche Telekom (and the fact that Mojio tells me it is building a team in Prague), I expect we’ll soon see more partnerships in Europe, too. Mojio was one of the first connected car gadgets to include always-on wireless connections that didn’t rely on using a cell phone in the car to connect to the wider internet, so this focus on carriers makes sense for the company, especially given that it already had a number of existing partnerships before its pivot. Similarly, Mojio wants to use Alexa to give its platform access to Amazon’s larger personal assistant platform. “With this investment, the Alexa Fund is helping fuel the development of Mojio’s second generation Alexa Skill, which will harness the vast amount of automotive data being collected by Mojio’s open platform and bring new capabilities to Alexa,” Mojio writes in today’s announcement.  It’s easy to imagine a scenario where you could ask Alexa “How much fuel does my car have?” and have the service query Mojio’s platform for the answer. For now, Mojio continues to focus on bringing its service to cars that aren’t already connected in some form or another. While that’s probably still a sizable market today, it will inevitably shrink over time. Going forward, Mojio will also have to build partnerships with car manufacturers directly, which could be a tough sell, because the likes of Ford, VW and others are also quickly becoming software companies and will likely not want to rely on a third-party platform for their own cars.

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