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.

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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…
Paul Miller BMW

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…
SLS 63 AMG

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…
Vehicle Incentives by brand

BMW Lays on Heavy Incentives to Grow Market Share

December 24, 2015
The industry expects new vehicle sales to reach 17.5 million units in 2015, aided by a double-digit boost in December. But helping…
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Vroom Offers Dealers Vehicle Disposal Option

December 24, 2015
Vroom is now offering car dealers a vehicle disposal option, which should allow these dealer customers a convenient way to avoid the…
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Asbury Still Challenged with Q auto Concept

December 23, 2015
As noted on this blog back in July, Asbury seems to be struggling with the Q auto concept, and their latest quarterly…
New Car Sales

New Car Sales to Peak in 2016?

December 22, 2015
Will new car sales peak in 2016? NADA’s chief economist thinks so. Automotive News reports that pent-up demand for new vehicles in…
Dealer Operations

Ways Dealers Can Optimize New Car Operations

December 21, 2015
Dale Pollak posted a great piece on new car inventory management, and it’s worth underscoring some of his observations. Dale’s been asking…
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Cadillac to Refocus Incentives for Dealers

December 18, 2015
Automotive News reports that Cadillac is working to refocus incentives for dealers, with an eye to delivering an incremental $1 billion to…
New vehicle loans

November’s Average New Vehicle Loan Payment Tops $500 a Month

December 18, 2015
Automotive News reports that November’s average new vehicle loan payment has crossed the $500 threshold, a new record. This is as new…
Google Autonomous Car

Google to Make Autonomous Car Unit a Stand-Alone Company

December 17, 2015
Automotive News reports that Google will make their autonomous vehicle business unit a stand-alone company in 2016. According to the article, Google…
Vehicle incentives

New Car Incentives Continue to Increase

December 2, 2015
New car incentives continue to increase, fueling record-breaking new vehicle sales. TrueCar reports that the average transaction price (ATP) for a new…
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Top BMW Dealers Recognized for New Car Inventory Performance

December 1, 2015
November 2015’s top performing BMW dealerships in new car inventory management have been recognized by Automotive Ventures. These dealers are recognized for…
Car Technology

Technology More Important Than Color In New Car Purchase Decision

November 27, 2015
Technology is more important than color when it comes to shopping for a new vehicle, according to findings of Autotrader’s 2015 In-Vehicle…
Vehicle Options

The Most Wanted New Car Features and Options

November 25, 2015
When it comes to consumer preferences for new car features and options, they’re still turning to comfort over technology and safety. A…
Faraday Future

Faraday Future – the Secretive Car Company

November 24, 2015
There has been a lot of press recently about secretive car company Faraday Future, which seems to have its sights locked on…

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