Bio

My Bio

Jake Sigal believes in metro Detroit, and he has an exciting vision for the region’s place in the world of technological innovation.

A third-generation entrepreneur with a passion for integrating hardware and software applications, Jake co-founded Tome Software, Inc. in 2014 to explore the buzzing “Internet of Things” tech space.  Always looking forward, Tome is now working with partners to engineer connectivity products designed to keep people mobile and active.

Jake founded his first company, Livio, in his Ferndale home in 2008 and successfully engineered software that enabled mobile device apps to work seamlessly with vehicle hardware systems. The company’s work turned heads, and Jake sold Livio to Ford Motor Co. in 2013.

A graduate of Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering, Jake’s trophy case holds more than a dozen of the best awards in the business. He was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semifinalist in 2011 and Automation Alley’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012. In 2014, Jake took home the Detroit Free Press Automotive Leadership Award in the up-and-coming category.

Jake and his wife, Abbee, are proud to call Ferndale home. When he’s not pushing the envelope of hardware-software integration, Jake’s life moves to electronic dance beats. He enjoys mountain biking, big-mountain skiing and playing ice hockey.

Credentials

Awards

  • 2014 – Charles J. and Claire O. Ping Recent Graduate Award – Ohio University (Athens, OH)
  • 2014 – Elite 40 under 40 (Oakland County, MI)
  • 2014 – Mayor’s Business Council – Entrepreneur of the Year (Ferndale, MI)
  • 2014 – New Enterprise Forum – Entrepreneur of the Year (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • 2014 – Detroit Free Press Automotive Leadership Up And Coming Award
  • 2012 – dBusiness 30 in Their Thirties
  • 2012 – CEA Innovation Entrepreneur Finalist – Small Business of the Year
  • 2012 – Automation Alley Entrepreneur Of the Year
  • 2011 – Edison Research “30 under 30”
  • 2011 – Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Semifinalist
  • 2011 – Dealerscope 40 under 40
  • 2010 – CES Last Gadget Standing
  • 2010 – Crain’s Detroit Business 20 in their 20’s
  • 2010 – Detroit Young Professionals Vanguard Award
  • 2010 – Lawrence Technological University, Leaders & Innovators honoree

Speaking Gigs

  • 2015 – TechPint Startup Summit – Speaker (Cleveland, OH)
  • 2015 – techweek Detroit – The Car is Not a Finished Product – (Detroit, MI) – Panelist
  • 2015 – NextEnergy Global Automotive Innovation Challenge – Fireside Chat (Detroit, MI)
  • 2015 – Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship – Keynote Speaker (Athens, OH)
  • 2015 – Internet of Things Detroit – Keynote Speaker (Detroit, MI)
  • 2014 – 14th Annual GLEQ Business Plan Competition Awards Event – Keynote Speaker (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • 2014 – TechWeek Detroit – Keynote speaker (Detroit, MI)
  • 2014 – Mackinac Policy Conference – Ted-talk speech main stage (Mackinac Island, MI)
  • 2013 – CES – Digital Media Wire – The Future of Internet Radio (Las Vegas, NV) – Panelist
  • 2013 – Telematics Update – Content and Apps (San Francisco, CA) – Panelist
  • 2013 – SEMA Vehicle Connectivity Forum (Las Vegas, NV) – Panelist
  • 2013 – Young Detroit Entrepreneurs Panel – CAR Management Briefing Seminar (Traverse City, MI) – Panelist
  • 2013 – Connected Car Conference – C3 CE Week (New York, NY) – Panelist
  • 2013 – State of the Connected Vehicle – Mobile Monday (Detroit, MI) – Speaker
  • 2013 – Digital Music East – DME (New York, NY) – Panelist
  • 2013 – National Association of Broadcasters – NAB (Las Vegas, NV) – Solo Presentation
  • 2013 – Mobile City iOS Conference – (Detroit, MI) – Panelist
  • 2013 – MAComb – OU – INCubator Fireside Chat (Detroit, MI) – Solo Presentation
  • 2013 – CES – SAE Connect2Car Panel (Las Vegas, NV) – Panelist
  • 2013 – CES – Washington and the Startup Economy Panel (Las Vegas, NV) – Panelist
  • 2012 – Accelerate Michigan Competition and Gala (Detroit, MI) – Keynote and Panelist
  • 2012 – SEMA Vehicle Connectivity Forum (Las Vegas, NV) – Panelist
  • 2012 – CEA Industry Forum (San Francisco, CA) – Panelist
  • 2012 – CEA Line Show – Eureka Park! startup competition (New York, NY) – Judge
  • 2012 – Telematics Update, Detroit, MI – Panelist
  • 2012 – Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA), New Orleans, LA – Solo Presentation
  • 2012 – Mobile Web & Apps World 2012, New Orleans, LA – Panelist
  • 2012 – Society of Automotive Analysts & YPN May Event, (Royal Oak, MI) – Industry Speaker
  • 2012 – National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) (Las Vegas, NV) – Panelist
  • 2012 – RAIN Internet Radio Summit West (Las Vegas, NV) – Panelist
  • 2012 – Digital Music Forum East – Solo Presentation
  • 2012 – Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV – Panelist
  • 2011 – Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV – Panelist
  • 2011 – NPR Labs – Radio With Vision Showcase (Las Vegas, NV) – Panelist
  • 2010 – Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV – Panelist
  • 2010 – RAIN Internet Radio forum Toronto – Panelist
  • 2010 – RAIN Internet Radio forum Las Vegas – Panelist
  • 2010 – SXSW Music Festival – Solo Presentation
  • 2010 – Keynote speaker at the Entrepreneurial Initiative of Southeast Michigan
  • 2010 – RadioTech Summit (Silicon Valley) – Panelist
  • 2009 – CES Silvers Summit [VIDEO] – Panelist
  • 2009 – Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV – Panelist

National TV Appearances

Judging/Adjudicating

  • 2011 – Judge for University of Michigan startup funding competition
  • 2012 – Eureka! Park (CES) Competition