Who We Are

We are a team of creators and innovators with deep operating experience and industry knowledge in the automotive space.

 

What We Do

The team’s ability to start and grow businesses comes from their unique blend of investing and operating experience.  Our focus is on solutions that solve huge pain points in automotive, while delivering demonstrable value to paying customers, both in terms of ROI and attribution.

We have deep industry experience and extensive relationships with entrepreneurs and senior industry executives and advisors, allowing us to incubate new ideas, grow businesses, source transactions, execute deals and ultimately create stakeholder value.

We are uniquely qualified to invest in, incubate and connect automotive technology companies with key decision makers.

Our Philosophy

We seek out ideas and companies with business models that offer a unique and compelling value proposition and are solving big problems in novel ways.  Our team leverages its industry and operating experience to focus efforts on delivering above average value to users, customers and stakeholders.

 

Our Companies

OEMBuildData

OEMBuildData.com provides automotive manufacturer “build data”: VIN-specific vehicle details down to the level of exterior color, interior, packages and installed options. This allows industry players to get information on the configuration of each vehicle OEMs are building on their production lines.

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OrderAutomotive.com provides new car inventory management intelligence to car dealers. As a result, new vehicle operations improve through increased sales, increased profit and reduction of costs.

CarLingo.com

CarLingo.com provides decision support for consumers who are not sure what cars best meet their needs, as well as search and browse capabilities to find information on all new cars available in the market.

CompetitorPro.com provides competitive intelligence tools to dealers that allow them to benchmark their dealership’s performance against the competition.

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CompetitorPro NADA Offer

Dealers Subscribing to CompetitorPro at NADA Block their Top Two Direct Competitors from Buying Product

January 23, 2017
ATLANTA, Jan. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CompetitorPro, the first competitive intelligence software built specifically for auto dealerships, announced today exclusive territory protection for the…
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CompetitorPro at NADA Convention Next Week

January 20, 2017
Visit CompetitorPro at booth #5607 at the 2017 NADA conference in New Orleans! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DzM8hcDY8c
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CompetitorPro Finds December Dealership Performance Metrics Signal Softer Q1 for Vehicle Sales

January 16, 2017
ATLANTA, Jan. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CompetitorPro, the first competitive intelligence software built specifically for auto dealerships, reported today that December dealership performance…
CompetitorPro

The Case for Automotive Competitive Intelligence Software

January 6, 2017
A good athlete always mentally replays a competition over and over, even in victory, to see what might be done to improve…
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Cadillac Vehicle Subscription Service Launches

January 5, 2017
Automotive News reports that Cadillac will launch a new “vehicle subscription” service next month that allows customers access to its vehicles for a…
CompetitorPro

How can you compete on a playing field where you can’t see your competition?  

January 3, 2017
What if the playing field was so foggy that you couldn’t see the competition? How effective would your team be? Running a…

Dealers vs DMS Companies: Who Owns the Data?

December 27, 2016
There’s an ongoing debate in the automotive retail business about data ownership; an issue that has become polarized due to the oligopolistic…
Dealership metrics

CompetitorPro Reports November Dealership Performance Benchmarking Metrics

December 21, 2016
November 2016’s dealership website engagement metrics weakened considerably versus the previous month, as consumers purchased fewer used vehicles. The only dealer website…
CompetitorPro

CompetitorPro is Auto Industry’s First Competitive Intelligence Software for Dealers – Delivering Actionable Insight Based on Dealerships’ Top Competitors

December 19, 2016
ATLANTA, Dec. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — CompetitorPro today announced the auto retail industry’s first competitive intelligence solution, providing automobile dealers with actionable,…
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NADA Study Maintains Dealers Shouldn’t Worry about Revolutionary Changes

December 2, 2016
Automotive News recently reported on an NADA-commissioned report by industry expert Glenn Mercer. The goal of the research was to look at the state of…
IHS Markit

Vehicles in Operation (VIO) Hits 264M Units – A New Record

December 1, 2016
The total Vehicles in Operation (VIO) has reached 264 million units, a new record; the average age of the Vehicles in Operation…
AutoNation Auto Auction

Wholesale Auto Auction Industry is About to Get Squeezed

November 29, 2016
As customers scale up in size, they sometimes look for cost savings by competing directly with their previous business partners. A good…
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Fiat Chrysler working with Amazon to sell cars online in Italy

November 18, 2016
In what could be a prelude to future collaboration in the USA, Fiat Chrysler is starting to sell cars directly to consumers in…
Dealership Facility Upgrade Programs

OEM Facility Upgrade Programs Continue Strong

August 17, 2016
Automotive News reports that GM’s facility upgrade program for their dealers continues to be supported strongly by the parent company. Each quarter…
Dealer Sales Incentives

Sales Based Stair-Step Incentives Grow

August 15, 2016
As new car sales start to slow, OEMs are turning more to aggressive sales-based stair-step incentives to continue to spur consumer demand.…
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Lincoln Provides Remote Pickup and Delivery for Service Customers

June 28, 2016
Lincoln is focused on improving their owner experience by removing friction for servicing vehicles. Automotive News reports that Lincoln, in a bid…
Uber

Toyota to Lease Vehicles to Uber Drivers

May 31, 2016
Toyota and Uber have formed a ride-sharing alliance that will allow Uber drivers to more easily lease Toyota vehicles. Automotive News reports…
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Volkswagen, Toyota Partner with Ridesharing Technology Players

May 26, 2016
Volkswagen and Toyota have become the latest major automotive companies to join forces with on-demand ridesharing services. Volkswagen has made a $300…
OEMBuildData

OEM Build Data and the Benefits to the Vehicle Remarketing Industry

May 16, 2016
The vehicle remarketing (i.e. auction) industry is beginning to recognize the value of OEM build data, as greater access to this information…
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BMW Suffers from Oversupply of New Cars

May 16, 2016
Automotive News reports that BMW will spend the rest of the first half of this year liquidating inventories in the U.S. as…
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Apple Signals It Will Take On Uber

May 13, 2016
TechCrunch reports that Apple invested $1 billion in China’s top ride hailing app. Didi Chuxing (formerly called Didi Kuaidi) is often described…
A better way for car buying

EchoPark Plans Aggressive Expansion

May 10, 2016
Automotive News reports that Sonic Automotive is looking to aggressively expand locations of their EchoPark stand-alone used-car stores: adding 34 new stores…
Build Data

The Benefits of OEM Build Data

May 9, 2016
Increased access to data is revolutionizing industries. Think about your experience on Amazon.com and the relevancy of their recommendations. Or how music…
Lexus No-Haggle

Lexus Testing No-Haggle, One-Price Selling

May 9, 2016
Lexus is testing no-haggle, no-negotiation car buying at 11 of their dealerships in an effort to make the buying process faster and…
FCA Self Driving Cars

Google and Chrysler Collaborate on Autonomous Cars

May 7, 2016
As the automakers arm themselves in preparation for a future of autonomous cars, there continues to be a frenzy of activity and…
Lyft

GM, Lyft to Test Self-Driving Electric Taxis Within Year

May 6, 2016
GM and car-hailing service Lyft, know for its pink mustaches, will begin testing a fleet of self-driving electric taxis on public roads…
Google Self Driving Car

Autonomous Cars to Impact Multiple Industries

April 29, 2016
Automotive News reports that widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles will have an impact that will be felt wide and far over a…
New car leasing

Lease Incentives Getting Worrisome

April 22, 2016
AutoRemarketing reports on a worrying trend in the area of new car incentives. Measured against actual transaction price, incentive spending has reached…
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Eighty Percent of Car Shoppers Prefer Buying Online

April 22, 2016
New research from CDK Global found that car shoppers are willing and likely to start the car buying process online. In a…
Uber

Uber Overtakes Rental Cars Among Business Travelers

April 21, 2016
Automotive News reports that Uber has overtaken rental cars as the popular method of transportation for business travelers. Transactions from the ride-hailing…
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Top BMW Stores Recognized for Superior New Car Inventory Performance

April 4, 2016
The top BMW stores turn new vehicle inventory 4.5 more times per year than average March 2016’s top performing BMW dealerships in…
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Worrisome Trends Taking Hold for Automotive Retail

April 1, 2016
Automotive News reports that Thomas King, a consultant at J.D. Power, is warning of risk factors that should be on the radar…
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Top BMW Stores Recognized for Superior New Car Inventory Performance

March 4, 2016
February 2016’s top performing BMW dealerships in new car inventory management have been recognized by Automotive Ventures. The number one BMW store…
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Top BMW Stores for December Demonstrate Superior New Car Inventory Performance

January 6, 2016
December 2015’s top performing BMW dealerships in new car inventory management have been recognized by Automotive Ventures. The number one BMW store…
Record New Car Sales

U.S. New Car Sales Break Record in 2015

January 6, 2016
Automotive News reports that U.S. auto sales broke a new sales record in 2015 pushing the annual tally above the 17,402,486 mark…
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Mercedes Looks to Limit the Number of Stores Per Group

December 31, 2015
Automotive News reports that Mercedes-Benz is looking to limit the number of stores that a dealer group can own. The odd thing…
AutoNation Express

AutoNation’s Weans Itself off Third Party Leads

December 30, 2015
Automotive News reports that AutoNation has been successful with their push to wean themselves off third party leads. AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson…
Sonic Echo Park

An Inside Look at Sonic’s Echo Park Operations

December 29, 2015
DrivingSales News recently toured one of Sonic’s Echo Park facilities and provided a great overview of their operations. The pilot market for…
Consumer Decision Journey

The New Consumer Decision Journey

December 28, 2015
McKinsey has revised their “Consumer Decision Journey” model, and car dealers might want to take notice of the implications of this new…

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