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Martin Schmitt

Co-Founder, CEO
A car nut since childhood and a tech geek since adulthood, Martin is the founder and CEO of NewCars.com. After its acquisition by Cars.com, Martin continued on as VP of R&D. Martin was also the VP of Engineering at Shopzilla, where he led a team to build the Internet’s largest shopping comparison engine. Martin is also the co-founder of Kay Angel, a Haitian orphanage for HIV positive children.

Signature Scent: Motor oil + homemade grape juice
Secret Skill: Changing your manifold gasket
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Uzi Eliahou

Co-Founder, President
A big thinker, Uzi’s experience with AI runs back to his days in the Israeli military. Uzi’s ability to think outside of the box has helped him launch new businesses and bring fresh perspectives to stale situations. His tech experience includes being the chairman & CEO of Matchcraft, one of the world’s premier digital marketing firms. Uzi also headed up internet strategy for Packard Bell and NEC computers. When not brainstorming at CarLabs, Uzi can be found trying to save the world.

Happy Place: A blank white board
Secret Skill: Hiking the PCT
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Isabel Sopoglian

COO
Isabel is the rational, level-headed force that keeps CarLabs together. She naturally provides the structure and discipline that this group of goofball brainiacs require to stay on course. Prior to CarLabs, Isabel was the VP of Search Marketing for Cars.com and a core member of NewCars.com. Isabel is also the founder of Project Visable which helps fight hunger among LA’s homeless children.

Happy Place: In the garden
Secret Skill: Speaks 4 Languages
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Sam Havens

CTO
An insufferable geek & chronic learner, Sam comes to CarLabs naturally embracing new strategies and technologies. After publishing a paper on General Relativity, Sam become an accomplished Math & Physics teacher. At CarLabs, Sam mastered full stack development and has been the driving force behind most of our new products, including Carla. Sam’s teaching experience comes in handy as he tries to the explain the complexities of AI, API, UI and many other technological acronyms to the rest of us mortals.

Signature Scent: Strong beer & stronger baby wipes
Secret Skill: Knee deep in complex theory
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Brendan Flynn

VP, Marketing
Brendan’s connection to the automotive world runs as deep as his ability to embrace its future. As one of the driving forces behind the LA Auto Show & The Connected Car Expo, Brendan understood the significance of data and AI in the automotive space early on. Brendan’s additional clients have included Yokohama, Yamaha, Jiffy Lube & Enterprise car rental.

Secret Skill: Skateboarding
Signature Scent: Lithium ion
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Amelia Dalgaard

Director, Editorial & Content
Amelia (aka Motorhead Mama) started her career as a tv writer and producer. She was a part of the hit show VH1’s ‘Pop Up Video’ & the collosal flop Bloomberg’s ‘The Morning Music Wire.” Amelia also led the Southwest team for Design Within Reach as the company went from one store to 25 and through its strong IPO. Since launching the Motorhead Mama site, Amelia has test driven over 100 cars and crashed very a few.

Personal Kryptonite: 1st gen Prius
Signature Scent: Brake dust + Hawaiian Tropic

Advisory and Board Members

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Tom Mcalear

Advisory Board Member, Angel Investor
Tom is the former COO of Daimler -Chrysler Services and retired in 2002 after over 27 years in the industry. He held executive management positions in Sales, Service, Marketing, Insurance and Financial Services. Since his retirement Tom has been a consultant to Fortune 500 companies as well as small business owners. He has been an owner of a multi-franchised car dealership and currently is Chairman and part owner of several supplier companies.

Happy Place: Playing/laughing with grandkids
Secret Superpower: World's best wife
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Mitch Golub

Board Member, Angel Investor
As the President and Founder of Cars.com, Mitch transformed the company into the leading online automotive destination with $600m in revenue. Previous to Cars, Mitch spent 21 years at the Tribune Co, where he led the the company’s new business initiatives, including the creation and management of 9 start ups in digital, print and broadcast. Mitch is currently the president of MFG Digital where is he is an investor and board member with a focus on digital start ups.

Signature Scent: Blueberries
Secret Skill: Saugatuck, MI
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Kevin Keegan

Board Member, Angel Investor
Kevin comes to CarLabs with a wealth of experience in the insurance and automotive industries and has been at the forefront of driving change. He is adept at listening to every team member with a respect and accessibility to help us grow as a team. Kevin’s executive experience includes being President at both InsWeb and Marshall & Swift and Senior VP at JD Power and he is currently the US Ambassador for the International Insurance Society. Kevin also knows anyone you’ve ever wanted to meet.

Signature Scent: Learning from customers
Personal Kryptonite: Being mistaken for the English football star
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Professor Moshe BenBassat

Advisory Board Member
Professor Moshe BenBassat has been researching, practicing and educating Artificial Intelligence for several decades. During a long academic career with positions at Tel Aviv University, USC, and UCLA, Professor BenBassat made significant contributions in Pattern Recognition, Artificial Intelligence, Optimization, Data Science and Machine Learning.

Following his invention of “service chain optimization” (patent awarded), he founded ClickSoftware which have been leading this space since its inception in 1997. Moshe served as ClickSoftware’s CEO until 2015, at which point it was acquired for close to $0.5 Billion.
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Ryan McManus

Advisory Board Member
Ryan McManus is SVP of Partnerships and Development for EVRYTHNG and President of EVRYTHNG Inc, an IoT Smart Products platform company; and also serves on the Board of Directors for Nortech Systems. He has over 20 years’ experience as a leader in both digital business start-ups and large corporate digital transformations. He previously founded Accenture’s Digital Business Strategy and Transformation practice and served as the Accenture Strategy COO and a leader in the firm’s Corporate Strategy, M&A and International Expansion businesses. He is the author of several articles on digital business and corporate strategy, serves on two advisory boards with the Aspen Institute and has served as an adviser to Fortune 100 companies, technology startups and non-profits.
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Laurent Cunin

Chief eXperience Officer, Angel Investor and Advisory Board Member
An incurable petrolhead and a “serial car buyer” combined with a 25+ year career in Investment Banking all around the world, Laurent is bringing to CarLabs his intellectual curiosity, attention to detail and his creative mind. His mission is to help CarLabs rapidly expand as The World-Class Leader, in both B-to-B and B-to-C products. Based on the East Coast, the world is his oyster and his jet lag and time difference management are second to none.

Not-so-secret place: A racetrack, driving one of his fast cars
Dream Car: The one my favorite car manufacturer will not sell me... yet!

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