The Automakers 2.0 panel discussion features Tim O'Reilly, TJ Giuli, Dev Khare, and Venkatesh Prasad, Technical Leader of the Infotronics team at Ford Research & Advanced Engineering, talking about the future of the car and its potential as platform for open software and hardware innovation.
TJ Giuli is a research engineer with Ford's Infotronics Research & Advanced Engineering team and one of the masterminds behind Ford's American Journey 2.0 in-car connectivity project with students from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Giuli has inspired many Ford open innovation discussions related to in-vehicle connectivity, wireless communications and open architectures with academic powerhouses such as MIT and the University of Washington, as well as U of M (Ann Arbor and Dearborn).
Giuli earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 2005.
With a rich background in product management, marketing and international finance, Dev Khare brought his entrepreneurial experience to Venrock in 2006. Prior to Venrock, he held leadership positions in Symbol Technologies' Mobile Software Division. He joined Symbol in 2003 after its acquisition of Covigo, a mobile application software company he co-founded in 1999. Prior to Covigo, he held marketing and product management positions at CrossWorlds Software, a Venrock-backed enterprise software company, before its sale to IBM.
In addition to his involvement in software, Khare was an investment banker with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and with Jefferies & Company. Khare worked in India for DLJ Merchant Banking in private equity and Aditi Technologies in business process outsourcing and software services. He founded IndiaEntrepreneurs, a grassroots forum for entrepreneurs and investors and brings a wealth of knowledge to entrepreneurs focused on global opportunities in the mobile and new media arenas.
Khare currently sits on the advisory board of the Wireless Communications Alliance.
Tim O’Reilly is founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O’Reilly also hosts conferences, including the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, Strata Online Conference, and Tools of Change for Publishing Conference. O’Reilly’s MAKE magazine and Maker Faire have been compared to the West Coast Computer Faire, which launched the personal computer revolution. O’Reilly is also a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm, and is on the board of Safari Books Online. He watches the alpha geeks to determine emerging technology trends and uses his platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community.
K. Venkatesh Prasad
As the group and technical leader of Ford's Infotronics Research & Advanced Engineering team, K. Venkatesh Prasad is responsible for the research, architecture, standards, applications development and vehicle system integration of electrical, electronics and embedded software technologies.