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Jake Sigal , 29
Founder and CEO, Livio Radio, Ferndale, Mich.
Education: Master’s Degree in engineering from Ohio University; he currently sits on the university’s Russ College of Engineering Board of Advisors
Career History/Accomplishments: When he was 26 years old, Jake Sigal founded Livio Radio and signed up Pandora Radio and NPR to the startup. Livio Radio has grown since then and has added phone applications and Internet radio devices for cars. Based in Detroit, Sigal has remained on the cutting edge of the 12-volt industry, continuing to sign popular Internet radio companies like Grooveshark. Sigal also signed DICE Electronics to bring control of Livio Radio into the car dashboard.
Prior to launching Livio, Sigal worked as a professional DJ and a product developer for Numark. He invented the original ION USB turntable, which converts vinyl records to the MP3 format, and co-invented the iDJ (an iPod-based mixing console).
He then moved to Detroit and worked as a product line manager for Delphi’s Consumer Electronics group producing XM-brand satellite radio products. After that, he took a loan from his parents and started Livio Radio in his guest bedroom. Sigal is a board member of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Small Business Council and sits on Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering Board of Advisors. He has received a number of awards and recognitions for his work.
Awards: Innovations 2009 Design and Engineering Showcase Award for Audio Accessories; Crain’s Detroit 20 in their 20s; Leadership and Innovation What’s Next 2010; Detroit Young Professionals Vanguard Award 2010; 2010 Entrepreneur Magazine 100 Companies to Watch; and the 2011 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch