We equip drivers with an easy-to-install, custom Bluetooth device (ELM327 Bluetooth OBDII) that you can self-install (or have any mechanic do so for free), into a universal diagnostics port that is standard in North American and European cars since 1996. The small device will sit flush inside your car. Just set it and forget it!
Jaze tells you in plain english (we're working on other languages too), what the check engine light means in your car, approximately how much it will cost and directs you to the most affordable, trustworthy mechanic in your area. The app will even eventually be able to predict repairs, which helps you budget ahead of time.
Not only does Jaze help reduce friction between driver and mechanic, if you or a loved one are ever in an accident Jaze will automatically notify Emergency Medical Services (EMS), plus your pre-selected emergency contacts with the GPS coordinates and time of the accident via text, email and voice.
The average time for Emergency Medical Services to respond to a vehicular accident is 12.5 minutes. The average response time for friends and family to respond to a vehicular accident is over 60 minutes and usually doesn't occur until after the victim has been hospitalized. Jaze expects to significantly reduce these response times by pairing our technology with the driver's mobile phone to immediately send an email, text and voice message with the location and time of accident as soon as the air bag is deployed.
On average consumers spend 19% of their household income on transportation. A large part of that cost falls under car repair and maintenance, which is a mystery to most car owners. Jaze helps reduce the friction between car owner and mechanic by giving drivers easy access to their car data, which levels the playing field by decreasing "information asymmetry" and saving car owners time and money.
Car problems are never fun and they always seem to happen at the worst times. Having the ability to intelligently share the problem with someone generally involves mimicking the noises coming from the car, or explaining what color smoke is spewing from under the hood. Jaze gives everyday drivers easy access to their car's data, allowing them to share that data with someone trustworthy who can help.
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Noah Gordon founded Jaze after serving as a consultant for a consumer goods company and leading the strategic planning and turnaround of a cloud hosting firm. After graduating from Georgetown University, where he played Division I baseball for the Hoyas, Noah worked as the research assistant to Pulitzer Prize winner, Richard Ben Cramer, on his New York Times best-selling book, Joe DiMaggio: The Hero’s Life (Simon & Schuster). Noah also worked as an analyst in telecommunications before earning his MBA from Babson College.
Josh Zagorsky is a mathematical programmer and mobile developer that has written software used by Wall Street traders to visualize arbitrage opportunities. He also published a successful mobile app for image-based translation and communication. Josh graduated from Harvard with a bachelor's in Chemistry & Physics and a minor in Economics.
Benjamin "Zags" Zagorsky is a technology generalist and systems engineer that previously served as co-founder and CTO of BetterFit (a TechStars company). Zags graduated from Harvard with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Computer Science and has previously worked at Google and Seven Bridges Genomics. He also Built Zagrak, a multi-way in-browser video chat system that operates similar to Google hangouts in functionality and analyzed and designed clustering algorithms at Cornell Med School. Zags also participated in the Summer@Highland program.
Chris McCarthy is a user experience specialist and product designer that previously worked as an operations guru at BetterFit (a TechStars company). Chris graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor's in Classical Languages and Literature and previously designed two complex strategy board games that function similar to Settlers of Catan.
Kevin Fan is a technology generalist and distributed systems engineer that previously served as Co-founder and Director of Engineering at BetterFit (a TechStars company). Kevin graduated from Harvard with bachelor's in Computer Science and Philosophy and previously worked at Amazon. He also participated in the Summer@Highland program.
Chuck Goldman brings over 20 years experience in enterprise application development and mobility platforms. In 2009 Chuck founded Apperian and has raised over $30 million in venture capital from Kleiner Perkins, Bessemer Ventures and North Bridge. Prior to Apperian, Chuck spent 9 years as a Director at Apple, where he launched the iPhone for Apple in 2007 and managed Apple’s iPhone Enterprise Beta Program, while working directly for Steve Jobs.
Joshua Napoli is a big data specialist who graduated with a bachelor's in math from MIT. He designs high performance software solutions for data-intensive problems and has been awarded 7 patents for his work. Josh won top "Display Application of the Year" from the Society of Information Display for leading the PerspectaRAD radiation treatment planning project and was named one of the top 35 innovators under the age of 35 by Technology Review magazine with their "TR35" award.