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Barney Pell, Ph.D.
Dr. Pell is the co-founder, Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer of LocoMobi Inc. Dr. Pell has a long history as a leading technology innovator, product visionary, entrepreneur and angel investor based in Silicon Valley. He is known for being an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Mayfield, a top Venture Capital firm, which he left to become Founder and CEO of Powerset, which built a natural-language based search engine that read each sentence in Wikipedia and answered user queries in plain English. Microsoft acquired Powerset in 2008 to help create its new search engine, Bing. Dr. Pell then served Microsoft as Search Strategist, Evangelist, and Chief Architect for Local Search at Bing, until leaving Microsoft in September 2011 to return to the start-up world full-time.
Dr. Pell also has active investor, board member, and advisory roles with multiple start-up companies and non-profits across a variety of industries. He is Co-Founder, Vice Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Moon Express, a private company building autonomous robotic lunar landers to enable exploration and commercial development of the solar system. This builds on his earlier career managing advanced software technologies at NASA. Highlights of innovations during Dr. Pell’s career at NASA include mission critical software to support planning and collaboration for the Mars Exploration Rovers mission; Clarissa, the first spoken dialog system in space; and the development of the Remote Agent, the first AI system to fly onboard and control a deep space probe. Remote Agent is widely considered one of the top achievements in the history of Artificial Intelligence and was awarded NASA’s "software of the year" award in 1999. Dr. Pell is also Associate Founder and Trustee of Singularity University (SU), a new university created to educate leaders for life in a future driven by accelerating technological change.
Other recent active angel investments and advisory positions include: Getaround, Robotex, Halcyon Molecular, SpaceX, and CrowdFlower. Recent start-ups that have had successful exits include: Appjet (now Google), Aardvark (now Google), Hot Potato (now Facebook), Etacts (now SalesForce.com), Movity (now Trulia), and LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional social network which recently went public after acquiring its hundred-millionth member.
Dr. Pell received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Cambridge University, where he was a Marshall Scholar, and his B.S. degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a National Merit Scholar.
Dr. Pell is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities. These include keynote talks at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the Association for Computational Linguistics, Search Marketing Expos, International Semantic Web Conference, World Wide Web Conference, the Informational Retrieval Conference, and panels at SXSW Interactive. Dr. Pell has also spoken at the NPA and IPI conferences and has been featured in all major Parking industry magazines.
Mr. Roshan Peiris is a seasoned financial professional and Chief Financial Officer of LocoMobi, bringing over 20 years of experience in his focus on the Company’s accounting and finance activities.
Prior to joining LocoMobi, Roshan worked in senior management roles at Discount Car and Truck Rentals Ltd, Roof Mart – IKO Industries, Budget Car and Truck Rentals and the Canadian Football League. His extensive experience includes multi-location based financial reporting, franchise operations, risk management, relationship management with banks and other lenders, audit, and business planning. His key accomplishments include new division set up, large-scale system conversions, increasing profits, and business process reengineering.
Mr. Peiris holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree specializing in Accounting and is a designated member of Certified Professional Accountants of Ontario.
Mr. Matthew Lazowski is Executive Vice President of LocoMobi. Matthew focuses on driving sales, promotes high-level customer interactions, creates strategic alliances and assists CEO and President in general operations. Matthew’s team delivers the LocoMobi Transportation Solution, an innovative, interactive, end-to-end cloud-based transportation platform. He directs sales with a deep understanding of the parking industry, experienced in all aspects of parking, access, and revenue control system designs.
He has 17 years of direct involvement in the industry decorated by a track record of success, leading projects from inception to implementation. He has deployed cutting edge technology for all vertical markets including: Airports, Hospitals, Hospitality, University, Municipal, Mixed-Use, Residential, and Commercial properties. Prior to joining LocoMobi, he was President of Ultimate Systems Solutions, a systems integrator in New England specializing in a major manufacturer of parking control systems. Previously, Matthew acted as Regional Manager for a Mid-Atlantic region parking systems integrator. In this capacity, he established the Company’s regional office and grew it to a dominant operation.
Matthew serves on the New England Parking Council (NEPC) Board and has been involved with numerous other industry organizations such as the Mid-Atlantic Parking Association (MAPA) where he served as a Board Member for over 6 years. At MAPA, he assisted in instituting MAPA’s new vision to be a regional resource for the Parking Industry. Matthew has also served on two National Parking Association committees, specifically the PII Scholarship Committee and Parking Credentials Certification Committee. Outside of the parking industry, Matthew also serves on a few Boards of Non-Profit organizations. He holds dual degrees from Syracuse University.
Mr. Yakutchik has a computer science background with over 20 years of systems development experience. Mr. Yakutchik began his career working with IBI Group, recognized as one of the largest transportation, urban planning, engineering, architectural and systems consulting firms in the world.
While at IBI Group, Mr. Yakutchik was responsible for leading development teams and prototyping technologies including AVI/RF vehicle tracking systems at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Working closely with Mark IV (407ETR) led to Federal Government awards for developmental excellence.
Mr. Yakutchik then joined the rental car business with Budget Car Rentals and Discount Car Rentals. While with Park’N Fly, Mr. Yakutchik had a senior development and management role, responsible for cradle-to-grave systems design, development, installation and support. His experience includes networks, communications, architecture, database design and programming. Mr. Yakutchik has been very successful implementing and managing fully functional and extremely stable national systems that have been key to positioning these companies as industry leaders.