In 2016, he founded Tekion, and he has been the company’s CEO ever since. It has taken until recently for the company to completely emerge from stealth mode. The company’s mission is to disrupt the status quo in the automotive retail industry by providing a cutting-edge cloud platform powered by Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Internet of Things.
He describes his journey from CIO to CEO, the path forward at Tekion, and digital disruptions that have enabled his vision in this interview.
Peter High: You are the Founder and CEO of Tekion. Could you provide an overview of Tekion's business and the value proposition that you see?
Jay Vijayan: Being in the high-tech industry at Oracle, VMware, and Tesla specifically, we worked on extremely innovative projects that were brought to the automotive industry. I saw that as an opportunity to make a difference in how the automotive retail industry operates. There are three key stakeholders in this ecosystem.
Outside of Tesla, the whole ecosystem in the traditional industry has fragmented over a period of time. With all good intentions, the stakeholders have invested a significant amount of time, money and effort, but the seamless connection between these three stakeholders to provide that win-win-win situation did not exist. This represented a compelling opportunity for us to build a platform that could bring these three key stakeholders together seamlessly in a way that creates a win-win-win opportunity.
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