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Meet the Jio Team

About the Founder

Last summer I experienced the worst panic of my life when 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 for kids came up way short - finding subpar products that were bulky, had terrible battery life, and were poorly designed. I’ve created Jiobit, with child safety in mind, so that no parent has to experience the panic that I did.

The Team

We are a team of seasoned designers, marketers, engineers, and parents with a history of building innovative consumer products. We’re also doing our best to raise independent kids and keep them safe. We are proudly headquartered in Chicago, with a development center in Silicon Valley.

Our Advisors

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, and retail.

Troy Henikoff - Board of Directors 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.   

Troy Henikoff - Board of Directors

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 Ron - Board Observer 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.

Lior Ron - Board Observer

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 Vaisnys - Board Observer 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.  

Gintaras Vaisnys - Board Observer

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 Wicks - Design Advisor 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.

Jim Wicks - Design Advisor

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 Lutz - Engineering Advisor 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.

Jeff Lutz - Engineering Advisor

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 Niemi - Go To Market Advisor 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. 

Ross Niemi - Go To Market Advisor

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. 

Andrew Heddle - Go To Market Advisor 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.

Andrew Heddle - Go To Market Advisor

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.

Dennis Roberson - IP Advisor 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.

Dennis Roberson - IP Advisor

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.