Gangplank to host Local Motors Co-founder and CEO Jay Rogers

Gangplank, Arizona’s biggest collaborative workspace, will be hosting Local Motors Co-founder and CEO, Jay Rogers, as a part of their recurring Brownbag series. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at noon. Rogers and company plan to open a new plant in Phoenix in the near future, and are a leader in open-source car design.

Rogers will be speaking about his inspiration toward open-source car design and the results this approach has generated. Members of the Local Motors team will be on hand to talk about the car-building process, meet with audience members and show off the Rally Fighter.

Gangplank owners met Rogers at South by Southwest (SXSW), a music and interactive technology festival, held every year in Austin and invited him to present.

“Local Motors and their open source philosophy is at the heart of our vision and mission for our collaborative technology and innovation space here in Chandler,” Jade Meskill, Gangplank co-founder, said. “We thought it would be a great way to introduce the valley to a cutting edge concept that will soon call Phoenix home.”

Local Motors designs, manufactures, and brings to market innovative, safer, more functional, lightweight, efficient cars through a revolutionary, local assembly and retail experience. These cars will revolutionize not only automobiles, but also the very structure of auto-making, auto-selling, and auto-servicing!

Rogers is helping to build a game-changing American car company. He is relentlessly passionate about cars and the industry which surrounds them. Rogers will discuss open source car design and the success Local Motors achieved as one of the first in the new generation of car companies.

The brownbag is open to the public, free of charge. Bring your lunch and explore the future of car design.

ATIF Takes Office Hours @ Gangplank

We believe that access to mentors, advisers and capital is vital in starting up new companies.  We are happy to announce that Arizona Technology Investor Forum (ATIF) has agreed to participate in Gangplank Office Hours on a regular basis.  We will be inviting other key people in Metro Phoenix to do the same.  Don’t be shy.  Use these VALUABLE resources.  They are willing to give their time and you should take advantage of it.

First up is Paul Winandy ATIF’s Managing Director.  Grab a slot for Thursday March 18th before they are gone.  Here is some history about Paul.

Over the course of his 20 year career, Paul has been a leading contributor to four successful startup businesses; two of which were named to the Inc. 500 list and concluded with acquisitions by public firms.  Paul is an active angel investor and currently the Managing Director of the Arizona Technology Investor Forum (ATIF), a local angel investing group.  Constantly attracted to innovative technology ventures, Paul enjoys helping entrepreneurs navigate the startup challenges and achieve commercial success.

Career highlights include:

  • Partner at Solutions Consulting, an IT consulting firm specializing in ERP and Supply Chain software applications (acquired by Perot Systems in March 2000)
  • Director at Khimetrics, a leading software firm specializing in revenue optimization (acquired by SAP in November 2005)
  • COO for SkillSurvey, a startup web-services firm providing online reference assessment tools (currently in expansion phase)
  • Managing Director of the Arizona Technology Investor Forum (ATIF)
  • Screening Committee member for the Desert Angels
  • Awarded Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 2008