How Silicon Valley Is Reinventing the Auto Industry
Monday, March 14
12:30PM - 1:30PM
Westin Austin Downtown
310 E 5th ST
Software is the future of the auto industry & Silicon Valley will make that future a reality. Riley Brennan, Executive Director of the Revs Automotive Research Program at Stanford will join Automatic CEO Thejo Kote for a Q&A & discussion on the future of the connected car & the integral role Silicon Valley will play in the auto industry’s evolution. Automakers may have the edge in hardware & sheet metal, but when it comes to internet connectivity & software, they can’t hold a candle to Silicon Valley’s brightest. Just as software & open development platforms transformed mobile phones into the ubiquitous computing device of our generation, Kote sees a similar future for every car on the road.
Silicon Valley Correspondent
Automotive News At Crain Communications
Gabe Nelson is Silicon Valley correspondent for Automotive News, the weekly business journal of the auto industry. Founded in 1925, Automotive News is owned by Crain Communications, a 100-year-old ...Show the rest
Gabe Nelson is Silicon Valley correspondent for Automotive News, the weekly business journal of the auto industry. Founded in 1925, Automotive News is owned by Crain Communications, a 100-year-old media organization with brands such as Advertising Age, Modern Healthcare and Crain's New York Business.
Based in San Francisco, Gabe has written extensively about Tesla Motors, the connected car, autonomous driving and on-demand mobility. He was previously the Washington, D.C. correspondent for Automotive News, writing about the ways that public policy shapes the cars we drive. Before joining Automotive News in 2012, Gabe covered environmental and energy policy on Capitol Hill for Greenwire.
A native of Washington, D.C., he holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan. He lives in Oakland.Hide the rest
Thejo Kote is the co-founder and CEO of Automatic, the platform connecting every car on the road to a world of apps that transform the car ownership experience. He was inspired to create Automatic ...Show the rest
Thejo Kote is the co-founder and CEO of Automatic, the platform connecting every car on the road to a world of apps that transform the car ownership experience. He was inspired to create Automatic in late 2011 while researching consumer transportation choices as part of his studies at the UC Berkeley School of Information Masters program. During this research, Thejo realized that while cars happen to be the most expensive computers we own, most were not connected to the internet. In addition to running Automatic, Thejo provides to the community through his work with NextDrop, a Knight News Challenge-winning social enterprise of which Thejo is a co-founder and advisor. NextDrop provides residents in urban India with access to accurate, timely information on the availability of intermittent piped water on the surrounding neighborhoods. Thejo holds a Master's degree from the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley.Hide the rest