I experienced the worst panic of my life when, in 2015, my 6-year-old son got lost in a crowded park. It took me 30 minutes to find him. As a parent, I’ve always been concerned about my kids' safety and this event left me feeling like I needed to do more.
My search for wearable tracking solutions made for kids came up way short, I only found subpar products that were bulky, had terrible battery life, and were poorly designed.
I created Jiobit with child safety in mind and as word started to spread, different types of caregivers started asking about us; parents of dogs and cats, guardians of the elderly, and parents of adults with special needs.
I believe no caregiver should experience that panic. "Peace of mind" is why Jiobit exists.
We are a team of seasoned designers, storytellers, engineers, parents, guardians, and pet owners with a history of building innovative consumer products. We’re also doing our best to raise independent kids while keeping them safe.
We are headquartered in Chicago, with a development center in Silicon Valley.
And, each of us--in our own way--were the kind of kids that really could have used a location tracker. Just, look at us. Bunch of troublemakers.
Troy Henikoff is Managing Director of MATH Venture Partners. Additionally, Troy is the Managing Director of Techstars in Chicago. He also teaches Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business, is on the board of the Chicago-land Entrepreneurial Center.
Lior is an industry icon, and we’re thrilled to work with him. He was the former Google Maps Lead before moving to Motorola. Recently he co-founded Otto, which develops self-driving commercial trucking technology.
Gintaras is a Managing Partner of Inflection Equity and sits on the boards of five companies. He's founded and run a number of technology companies, including Defibtech, which has sold more than 300,000 defibrillators. Gintaras has won many design awards (including having a design exhibited at the MoMA in NYC), and holds more than 40 patents.
Jim is best known as the leader of Motorola Mobility’s product design where he has served for 15 years designing iconic products like DROID, Moto X, and Moto 360. He's currently a professor of design and product development at Northwestern University.
Jeff is in his 20th year leading the engineering and new product manufacturing teams that prototype and then rapidly scale mobile products into the millions. He was responsible for the introduction of several firsts in the industry including the first DROID handset and Android smartwatch. Currently Jeff is CVP Supply Chain & Chief Quality Officer at Motorola Mobility.
Ross has a strong tech background and a wealth of experience bringing consumer electronics to market. He’s previously held executive roles at Dell and Motorola.
Andy is an industry pro whose expertise will help as we expand our distribution to other retail and eCommerce channels. We will definitely tap into his retail insights (from years at Best Buy, Carphone Warehouse) on our journey.
As the former Vice Provost of Illinois Institute of Technology and former Cleversafe board member, Dennis is an expert in all things tech and product R&D. Currently he sits on the board of the Federal Communications Commission.
Blagica is an Emmy winning veteran of digital marketing. She is the Founder of Zlato Digital, a boutique digital marketing and social media consultancy. As much as technology plays a role in Blagica's day-to-day, her family takes center stage. Blagica lives in Oak Park, IL with her two hilarious kids and her sommelier husband.
We are proud and honored to have the support of an all-star advisory team. Our board brings to Jiobit a wealth of expertise in product design & development, location based software solutions, operations, marketing, and retail.