TransitScreen cofounders Matt Caywood and Ryan Croft recently had the honor, along with three other transportation startups, of presenting our "Six Minute Pitch" at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 93rd Annual Meeting in Washington D.C on Tuesday, January 14th. A panel of three successful transportation industry entrepreneurs and investors selected TransitScreen as the honorary winner. The Six-Minute Pitch Transportation Start-up Challenge was hosted by Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning.
The panel of judges consisted of Gabe Klein, Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner, Sean O’Sullivan, Co-founder and Managing Director of Carma and Robert Rodden, Director of Technical Service and Product Development for the American Concrete Pavement Association. All three are well-respected for their innovative and successful approaches to their individual fields of transportation. The panel provided immediate feedback on the market potential, business model, and the incorporation of innovative technologies or techniques. Along with the honorary victory, we received invaluable insight that will help TransitScreen for the future from the judges.
The biggest benefit of winning the Six Minute Pitch contest was that we received recognition at an event with nearly 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world. The company was put in front of many of the top decision makers in the transportation industry, and have already received interest from many of them. We are extremely excited about the opportunity to continue the relationships we built through this contest.
The theme of the TRB Annual Meeting this year was “Celebrating Our Legacy, Anticipating Our Future,” which is a perfect fit for what TransitScreen brings to the transportation community. TransitScreen’s real-time, multimodal transportation information displays instantly demonstrate all transportation options, both new and old, on a single, information-rich display. The transportation options that can be displayed include rail, subway, bus, train, bikeshare, carshare and rideshare.
More information about the panel judges:
Gabe Klein has worked in leadership roles in Transportation, Technology, Consumer Services and Consulting. Most recently, Gabe served in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration in Chicago as Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner. While at CDOT, Gabe and his management team transformed the agency into a national model for innovation in transportation and tech. Prior to his service at CDOT, Gabe was the director of the District Department of Transportation, where he was appointed by former Mayor Adrian Fenty to bring his private sector experience to innovate, operate, and streamline the agency, while dramatically cutting DDOT’s $1 billion operating budget. Gabe attacked on all fronts, and built a customer focused agency that is being hailed as a leader nationally in technology, customer interface, and multi-modal innovation, as well as innovative finance. Before his experience in public service, Gabe co-founded On The Fly, an innovative, boutique food-service company that operates from smartkart to workers and visitors in densely trafficked areas, typically near transit. He was a Regional Vice President of Zipcar.
Sean O’Sullivan is the co-founder and managing director of Carma, a 50 person technology firm with offices in the United States and Ireland. Carma is a word leading company in efficient mobility, adding cars and vans to the public transport network. He is also the managing director of SOSVentures, a $200 million venture capital firm. Sean has had a diverse career that has ranged from computer programmer to humanitarian to filmmaker, and many other roles! He was a co-founder of MapInfo, a pioneering firm in the development of software for street mapping on personal computers. Sean is one of the stars of the Irish television version of Shark Tank, Dragon’s Den.
Robert Rodden is a professional engineer and the Director of Technical Service and Product Development for the American Concrete Pavement Association, having held the position for 7 years. While working on his BS and MS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Robert started a web development company, which equipped him with the skillset needed to develop online tools such as the National Concrete Overlay Explorer [overlays.acpa.org] and the ACPA Application Library [apps.acpa.org]. Along with Susan Paulus of Lakeside Engineers, he founded ∆t Data, the company that won the inaugural Six Minute Pitch at the 2013 TRB Annual Meeting.