JIM DISANTO Managing Director
Jim DiSanto is a 20 year silicon valley technology executive and veteran entrepreneur. Jim has extensive experience in enterprise software, mobile applications, navigation and location based services, and automotive applications. During the past decade, Jim co- founded and lead KonaWare, a pioneer in mobile applications for transportation and logistics operators, which he sold to Yamei Electronics of Beijing, China in 2008. Jim joined Yamei as a board director and General Manager and formed strategic partnerships with automotive OEMs and Tier One suppliers in China. Yamei was purchased by Trimble Navigation in 2011 yielding a 4X return on invested capital over two years. Prior to this, Jim co-founded Simplexity Wireless, the leading web MNVO now over $400M in annual revenue, and Vicinity (VCNT), one of the first web location based services, which went public in 2000, and was purchased by Microsoft (for MapPoint) in 2002.
In addition to academic partnerships, Jim has formed extensive relationships with automotive OEMs, Tier One suppliers, industry analysts, fleet management services providers, and other industry participants.
Jim has served as an Advisor and consultant to early stage companies focused on transportation technologies, problems and solutions. Past advisory and consultancy clients include Waze, a global leader in crowd sourced maps, navigation, and real-time traffic which was purchased by Google in 2014; Auto-Talks, a fabless semiconductor company developing V2V and V2I chipsets, and Mi-Shor, a company supplying software to enable 3D, volumetric, full theater heads up displays on next generation OLED HUD system. Jim advises and currently serves on the Boards of Doorman.co and Quanergy.com.