Local Motion

Our Mission: Provide simple, shared vehicle mobility. Company Overview: Local Motion is a leading provider of car sharing and mobility management technologies. Description: Our technology powers smart fleets for corporations, campuses and government. Stop sharing the keys, start optimizing your assets! We've developed a small telematics device that we install in any vehicle. Employees save time by switching from using keys to using their badge to access vehicles. We provide a web-based dashboard that helps manager's control the fleet and make hard decisions. Managers can monitor activity, lower maintenance costs and decide how to rightsize their fleet.

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May 11, 2016

Zipcar President Kaye Ceille to Keynote at TU-Automotive Detroit 2016

As the one of the founders of new mobility, Zipcar is perfectly placed to educate the automotive industry on the potential of these models as consumers’ habits evolve. Penton’s TU-Automotive has confirmed that Kaye Ceille, President of Zipcar, will be giving a keynote presentation on day one of the TU-Automotive Detroit 2016 conference & exhibition (June 8-9, Novi, MI). She will explore future business models, how mobility is evolving and also analyze the impact of self-driving vehicles on the automotive industry and society. Annie Reddaway, project director for TU-Automotive Detroit 2016, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Ceille at this year’s event. As the one of the founders of new mobility, Zipcar is perfectly placed to educate the automotive industry on the potential of these models as consumers’ habits evolve.

Dec. 18, 2014

Forecast: Workplace Trends, Choices and Technologies for 2015

This year, casting technologies will allow links to be sent to displays via cloud services for documents, as video is today. Out of that reality, many startups are providing incredibly innovative scaleable solutions that can be deployed now based on using cloud solutions,. On those iPads, there are enterprise apps, email and browsing (and now Office), doing enterprise work. Even looking at basics, deploying enterprise-wide single-sign-on with mobile-phone-based two-factor would be a substantial and immediate win that accrues to both legacy solutions and cloud solutions. One of the most interesting differentiators of cloud services is the way APIs are offered and consumed.

Nov. 18, 2014

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Mattermark Daily is a hand-curated newsletter compiled daily to bring you first-person accounts of entrepreneurship, investment and other insightful reflections from the startup ecosystem. If you enjoy what you read here, please consider forwarding it to help spread the word.New readers can subscribe here.Thanks! From the InvestorsTomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures details negative churn scenarios and three ‘models of account growth’ in “Why Negative Churn is Such a Powerful Growth Mechanism”Edith Yeung of 500 Startups announces the 500 Startups Mobile Collective, a $10M fund focused on mobile apps and startups around the world in “Ground Control to Edith Yeung: Take Your Mobile Apps & Put Your Helmet On”Roy Bahat of Bloomberg Beta explains why he believes formal boards in early-stage companies are a ‘schedule tax’ for founders that ‘can destroy value’ in “Boreds”Lars Dalgaard of Andreessen Horowitz shares stories of how Teespring has enabled ‘Teespring entrepreneurs’ to build their own businesses in “Karl Marx Would Have Liked Teespring”Hunter Walk of Homebrew uncovers Jonathon Triest’s motivations for creating Ludlow Ventures and why he values a founder’s communication skills over technical skills in “Jonathon Triest of Ludlow Ventures: ‘VC Done Right’ (and in Detroit)”Rob Go of NextView Ventures outlines why he thinks flexibility and ‘ease of getting into a deal’ are benefits for angel investors vs. focused strategies of VCs in “The Advantages of Being an Angel (vs. a VC)“Balaji Srinivasan of Andreessen Horowitz talks with Joe Gebbia of Airbnb, John Stanfield of Local Motion and Ben Uretsky of DigitalOcean about how increased access to ‘things’ may change the idea of ownership in “The End of Ownership” (audio)From the OperatorsDanielle Morrill CEO of Mattermark reveals initial pre-order metrics from her experiment selling data driven content in “Results from Our ‘Pay What You Want’ Experiment for the Mattermark Startup Traction Report”Spencer Fry of Uncover opens up about the impact personal lives can have on the quality of an individual’s work in “How Happiness Affects Work”Tucker Max of Book in a Box highlights the conversation and ‘embarrassing’ epiphany that led him to build a business for aspiring authors in “My Start-up Made 200k in It’s First Two Months…And I’m Embarrassed”Emmie Chang of Camperoo reflects on getting into Y Combinator saying, ‘even if you’re not a traditional founder, you can make it work’ in “My Technical Co-Founder Quit 2 Days Before I Got My Y Combinator Interview”Subscribe To The Mattermark Daily

Aug. 29, 2013

Former Microsoft exec Sinofsky joins Box as adviser

Earlier this month Sinofsky joined venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz as a board partner, his first foray back into the business world after leaving Microsoft in November. "He's seen firsthand where the market has been, and more importantly, he understands where the industry is going," said Box CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie. MicrosoftIt's a busy week for former Microsoft Windows chief Steven Sinofsky when it comes to startups. Box recently announced that it has 20 million users, and serves 180,000 businesses. That's despite growing tensions between Sinofsky and other Microsoft executives which ultimately led to his exit, as CNET reported in detail last year.

Aug. 28, 2013

Fleet Management Startup Local Motion Raises $6 Million From Andreessen Horowitz, Adds Steven Sinofsky To Its Board

Local Motion had previously raised seed funding from investors that include Lemnos Labs, Draper & Associates, Morado Venture Partners, VegasTechFund, and AME Cloud Ventures. Already Local Motion has been chosen by a couple of big clients to help them manage their fleets of vehicles. Local Motion estimates that its customers reduce usage by 30 percent within their fleets. With the improved access to vehicles comes the ability for employees to better share the available cars. Local Motion estimates that in many cases, only 40 percent of the cars in a fleet are being used, while another 20 percent are broken without a fleet operator realizing it.

Aug. 28, 2013

Gigaom Andreessen Horowitz backs Local Motion, the car sharing startup for companies, cities

AdvertisementAnother side perk of the system is that the car sharing tech can help the company bring electric vehicles into the network. The company is three years old, and actually started out its life building electric car technology, but over the last year has pivoted towards car sharing tech. These car sharing systems wouldn’t have been cheap enough or convenient enough 5-7 years ago. Cellphone companies early on sold corporate tech that enabled cellphones to manage company cars and trucks (remember iDEN?). AdvertisementLocal Motion installs its connected hardware in customers’ cars (at no upfront cost to the owner) and customers pay a monthly fee for the service.

Aug. 28, 2013

Local Motion raises $6M for corporate car-sharing tech, adds Steve Sinofsky to board

Car-sharing startup Local Motion has raised $6 million led by Andreessen Horowitz and has added Steven Sinofsky to its board. Sinofsky said in a blog post that he was drawn to Local Motion because it is solving major problems of congestion, pollution, and resource consumption. The City of Sacramento has signed on as a customer, and Local Motion is looking at universities and other municipalities and corporations as well. Local Motion is his first board partner role. Stanfield and Gires founded Local Motion with the goal of building a network that can manage these fleets more efficiently.

Aug. 28, 2013

Cloud car startup snags $6M, ex-Microsoft exec Sinofsky

Local MotionSilicon Valley startup Local Motion has picked up $6 million in funding, as well as a new board member in former Microsoft executive Steven Sinofsky. Local Motion began as a hardware startup, building small vehicles to carry passengers that integrated the various electronics and wireless sensors. Local Motion plans to use the funding to expand its team, co-founder Clement Gires told CNET. "There are more than 10 million cars in fleets across the US but many sit unused or could be used more efficiently, Gires said. There's less repair, there's less maintenance, there's less capital, there's less energy, less insurance -- and if you can be more efficient, it doesn't change the availability of the car.

Dec. 15, 2012

Come on baby, do the Local Motion

Now that they have raised a seed round, Local Motion intends to expand the product and deliver it more broadly. Local Motion is the first company to graduate from the Lemnos Labs hardware incubator program. After developing the product and successfully raising a $1 million seed round, Local Motion has moved on to its own work space in Burlingame. I do not have numbers on this, but I do know that a startup called Local Motion is working to give these cars their chance around the block. They were interested in creating a hardware company, but saw that there was not a firm ecosystem in place to support them.

April 24, 2012

Incubator Lemnos Labs Is Looking For Its Next Class Of Hardware Startups

However, Lemnos co-founder Jeremy Conrad says that thanks to developments like rapid prototyping, it’s becoming faster and cheaper to build a hardware startup too. Instead, it’s looking for startups that actually build stuff, and by stuff, I mean hardware. It seems like everyone’s worried about an incubator bubble, but seriously — Lemnos Labs is doing something different. Its first batch of startups is only partway through the program, but the incubator is already accepting applications for the second class. Startups receive a spot in the Lemnos warehouse, access to prototyping facilities, $50,000 in funding, mentorship, and more.

March 13, 2012

Get around your corporate campus in style with Local Motion's funky electric vehicle

This electric vehicle is also street legal and can be driven around your neighborhood. Golf carts and other small electric vehicles have been used to transport people across large campuses for years, but Local Motion’s vehicle is certainly more funky than the typical golf cart. Local Motion has built what it calls a “social vehicle,” which can sense how many people are in it and what the vehicle needs — a charge or a tune-up for example. The Googleplex has its community bikes, NASA has golf carts, but the next wave in Silicon Valley on-campus transportation is a chauffeured electric vehicle you book on your iPhone. The company doesn’t say how far it can go on a single charge, but its likely close to electric golf carts which can travel around 15 miles.