Spotlight: Jake Sigal, Successful OU Engineering Alum Turned Great Entrepreneur

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Jake Sigal, pronounced Seagul, is a proud Bobcat alumni, and we are proud to have him. An avid believer in the American Dream, he been driven since working to pay for his first bike as a kid. This graduate of the Russ College of Engineering is a 3rd generation entrepreneur who founded Livio, his first company, in 2008 and co-founded Tome, his new software company, in 2014.

He founded Livio in his home with help and support from his parents. His software enables cellphones and other mobile device applications to work seamlessly with hardware systems in vehicles. This work drew a lot of attention, and he sold Livio to Ford Motor Company in 2013.

Tome was founded with the desire to “explore the buzzing ‘Internet of things’ tech space.” Also, in a push to bring tech companies to Ferndale, where Jake calls home, he became a partner of the 3-60 LLC real estate group.

He has won a slew of prominent awards, including but not limited to being named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semifinalist in 2011 and being named Automation Alley’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012. In 2014 he won a Detroit Free Press Automotive Leadership Award in the up-and-coming category.

Jake, Abbee – his wife, and their cat call Ferndale home. When he isn’t being a successful entrepreneur, Jake is mountain biking, DJing, playing hockey or big mountain skiing.

We are so proud to have Jake as an exemplar for Ohio University students, particularly aspiring entrepreneurs.

Visit www.jakesigal.com to learn more about Jake and his projects.  Follow him now on Twitter @jakesigal and tweet your thoughts and reactions

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