Martin Schmitt

Co-Founder, CEO
A car nut since childhood and a tech geek since adulthood, Martin is the founder and CEO of NewCars.com. After its acquisition by Cars.com, Martin continued on as VP of R&D. Martin was also the VP of Engineering at Shopzilla, where he led a team to build the Internet’s largest shopping comparison engine. Martin is also the co-founder of Kay Angel, a Haitian orphanage for HIV positive children.

Signature Scent: Motor oil + homemade grape juice
Secret Skill: Changing your manifold gasket

Uzi Eliahou

Co-Founder, President
A big thinker, Uzi’s experience with AI runs back to his post-graduate work in Israel. Uzi’s ability to think outside of the box has helped him launch new businesses and bring fresh perspectives to stale situations. His tech experience includes being the chairman & CEO of Matchcraft, one of the world’s premier digital marketing firms. Uzi also headed up internet strategy for Packard Bell and NEC computers. When not brainstorming at CarLabs, Uzi can be found trying to save the world.

Happy Place: A blank white board
Secret Skill: Hiking the PCT

Isabel Sopoglian

Isabel is the rational, level-headed force that keeps CarLabs together. She naturally provides the structure and discipline that this group of goofball brainiacs require to stay on course. Prior to CarLabs, Isabel was the VP of Search Marketing for Cars.com and a core member of NewCars.com. Isabel is also the founder of Project Visable which helps fight hunger among LA’s homeless children.

Happy Place: In the garden
Secret Skill: Speaks 4 Languages

Sam Havens

An insufferable geek & chronic learner, Sam comes to CarLabs.ai naturally embracing new strategies and technologies.  Prior to Carlabs, Sam was an accomplished math & physics teacher and has since mastered full stack development.  He was recruited to CarLabs to lead the company's platform development and be the driving force building the company's Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence team expansion.

Signature Scent: Strong beer & stronger baby wipes
Secret Skill: Knee deep in complex theory
VP of Engineering Barak Karavani

Barak Karavani

VP, Engineering
An award winning software developer with a passion for robotics and artificial intelligence, Barak has led engineering projects at several companies including the Honest Company and Edmunds. Barak experiences includes building large scale systems, artificial intelligence, advanced data structures and web applications. He is also a car geek that enjoys nothing more than a solid test drive.

Secret Skill:Team fitness leader
Signature Scent: Mac n cheese

Brendan Flynn

VP, Marketing
Brendan’s connection to the automotive world runs as deep as his ability to embrace its future. As one of the driving forces behind the LA Auto Show & The Connected Car Expo, Brendan understood the significance of data and AI in the automotive space early on. Brendan’s additional clients have included Yokohama, Yamaha, Jiffy Lube & Enterprise car rental.

Secret Skill: Skateboarding
Signature Scent: Lithium ion

Joseph Schumacher

VP Business Development
A true ‘car guy’, Joseph comes to CarLabs with over 25 years of experience establishing and growing relationships in the automotive industry. Joe joins us from Carfax where he most recently was the Director of OEM Partnerships. Known as an innovative thinker and consummate problem solver, he brings a fresh set of talents to our team. Joe resides in Grand Haven, MI, “The Happiest Seaside Town In America”, which explains his sunny disposition.

Dream Ride: Silver ’56 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster
Fuel Type: Frequent flier miles & Caffeine

Amelia Dalgaard

Director, Editorial & Content
Amelia (aka Motorhead Mama) started her career as a tv writer and producer. She was a part of VH1’s hit show ‘Pop Up Video’ & Bloomberg’s colossal flop ‘The Morning Music Wire.” Amelia also led the Southwest team for Design Within Reach as the company went from one store to 25 and through its strong IPO. Since launching the Motorhead Mama site, Amelia has test driven over 100 cars and crashed very few.

Personal Kryptonite: 1st gen Prius
Signature Scent: Brake dust + Hawaiian Tropic
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Kevin Park

Data Scientist
With a masters in statistics and extensive AI experience, our lead Data Scientist makes normalizing tons of data look easy. Kevin handles data integration from the beginning of the development process all the way through product improvements. He can also always be counted on for a dead pan joke that will make you laugh, even if it's five minutes later.

Personal Assistant: Rubber duckie
Fuel Type: Ghost pepper hot sauce
Ryan Chua

Ryan Chua

Back End Developer
Ryan is an expert in developing enterprise level software applications and leveraging a broading range of technologies. After four years working in agile development and receiving a Master's degree in computer sceince, he has earned his chops.

Personal Kryptonite: LA traffic
Secret Skill: Indie movie triva
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Ziv Cohen

Front End Developer
A web design ninja, Ziv combines the creative process with expert technical knowledge to deliver the most cutting edge UIs in the market. Despite constantly thinking two steps beyond any of us, Ziv still manages to stay humble.

Secret Skill: Killer guitar riffs
Fuel Type: Strong coffee & stronger metal

Advisory and Board Members


Tom McAlear

Advisory Board Member, Angel Investor
Tom is the former COO of Daimler -Chrysler Services and retired in 2002 after over 27 years in the industry. He held executive management positions in Sales, Service, Marketing, Insurance and Financial Services. Since his retirement Tom has been a consultant to Fortune 500 companies as well as small business owners. He has been an owner of a multi-franchised car dealership and currently is Chairman and part owner of several supplier companies.

Happy Place: Playing/laughing with grandkids
Secret Superpower: World's best wife

Mitch Golub

Chairman of the Board, Angel Investor
As the President and Founder of Cars.com, Mitch transformed the company into the leading online automotive destination with $600m in revenue. Previous to Cars, Mitch spent 21 years at the Tribune Co, where he led the the company’s new business initiatives, including the creation and management of 9 start ups in digital, print and broadcast. Mitch is currently the president of MFG Digital where is he is an investor and board member with a focus on digital start ups.

Signature Scent: Blueberries
Secret Skill: Saugatuck, MI

Kevin Keegan

Vice Chairman, Angel Investor
Kevin comes to CarLabs with a wealth of experience in the insurance and automotive industries and has been at the forefront of driving change. He is adept at listening to every team member with a respect and accessibility to help us grow as a team. Kevin’s executive experience includes being President at both InsWeb and Marshall & Swift and Senior VP at JD Power and he is currently the US Ambassador for the International Insurance Society. Kevin also knows anyone you’ve ever wanted to meet.

Signature Scent: Learning from customers
Personal Kryptonite: Being mistaken for the English football star

Jeff Katz

Advisory Board Member
Recent investor and CarLabs board member Jeff Katz started and/or invested in eight businesses before joining the CarLabs team. A lifetime entrepreneur, he co-founded Mercury Payment Systems with his brother, aligning with Point of Sale (POS) Developers and Resellers. MPS sold for $1.65 billion in 2015. Most of Mr. Katz’s investments are in fast-growing technology companies which add value to the omnichannel commerce ecosystem, and he holds a growing portfolio of related entities. In 2013, Mr. Katz was individually recognized by the RSPA, (the Point-of-Sale industry’s trade association), by being inducted into their Hall of Fame.

Ryan McManus

Advisory Board Member
Ryan McManus is SVP of Partnerships and Development for EVRYTHNG and President of EVRYTHNG Inc, an IoT Smart Products platform company; and also serves on the Board of Directors for Nortech Systems. He has over 20 years’ experience as a leader in both digital business start-ups and large corporate digital transformations. He previously founded Accenture’s Digital Business Strategy and Transformation practice and served as the Accenture Strategy COO and a leader in the firm’s Corporate Strategy, M&A and International Expansion businesses. He is the author of several articles on digital business and corporate strategy, serves on two advisory boards with the Aspen Institute and has served as an adviser to Fortune 100 companies, technology startups and non-profits.
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Laurent Cunin

Chief eXperience Officer, Angel Investor and Advisory Board Member
An incurable petrolhead and a “serial car buyer” combined with a 25+ year career in Investment Banking all around the world, Laurent is bringing to CarLabs his intellectual curiosity, attention to detail and his creative mind. His mission is to help CarLabs rapidly expand as The World-Class Leader, in both B-to-B and B-to-C products. Based on the East Coast, the world is his oyster and his jet lag and time difference management are second to none.

Not-so-secret place: A racetrack, driving one of his fast cars
Dream Car: The one my favorite car manufacturer will not sell me... yet!

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