In addition to my blog I have had the opportunity to express my views on a range of topics related to technology, strategy and leadership with a range of news publications, TV and radio stations and analysts. Below is a selection of those features and interviews.
“Smart parking” platform Streetline just announced that it has raised $25 million in Series C funding. The round was led by True Ventures, with participation from new investors Qualcomm Ventures and Citi, as well as past backers Sutter Hill Ventures, RockPort Capital Partners, and Fontinalis Partners. The company has now raised a total of $40 million, and it says it recently obtained a $25 million credit facility from Citi, too.
Parking may seem like one of the most low-tech services. But entrepreneurs are looking to address that with new mobile technology. Startup Streetline has raised $25 million in Series C financing led by True Ventures with new investors Qualcomm Ventures and Citi. Existing investors Sutter Hill Ventures, RockPort Capital Partners and Fontinalis Partners also participated.
Streetline Gets $25mm to Solve Parking – Jan. 2013
There’s just no way that helping people find and pay for parking is sexy. But it’s an industry that many people think can be helped by technology, and investors are now putting big money into their startup picks. Streetline, a Foster City, Calif.-based company that works directly with cities to embed sensors in parking spaces, is announcing today that it has closed $25 million in Series C financing led by True Ventures and Qualcomm Ventures, on top of $15 million it raised a year ago.
Smart parking startup Streetline Inc. said on Thursday it has raised $25 million in a third round of funding as it expands installation of its technology in cities and universities around the world. The Foster City company led by CEO Zia Yusuf said the latest round was led by Palo Alto-based True Ventures and new investors new investors Citi and Qualcomm Inc. Existing investors who participated were Palo Alto-based Sutter Hill Ventures, Menlo Park-based RockPort Capital Partners and Detroit-based Fontinalis Partners.
Wim Elfrink of Cisco Systems and Zia Yusuf of Streetline Inc. discuss how data from the crowd can build intelligent cities at The Economist’s Ideas Economy: Information 2012 event in San Francisco, California
The CEO Show Radio Interview – Zia Yusuf – Oct. 2011
Streetline CEO Zia Yusuf interviewed for The CEO Show hour-long call-in special, which features some of Silicon Valley’s tech industry heavyweights each week.
Leadership and Office Politics – Oct. 2011
A new survey from IBM has confirmed what city managers, travelers and commuters already know from everyday experience: finding a parking space in a big city can be a frustrating and sometimes futile chore. And the problem isn’t confined to the U.S. — it’s an issue around the world.
IBM’s Start-Up Strategy Beginning To Pay Off – Sept. 2011
International Business Machines Corp. has spent the last two years building direct relationships with entrepreneurs that can help it grow its business. Now it’s getting an early indication that the strategy is working. It announced Wednesday that it has partnered with Streetline Inc., a start-up that’s developing technologies to shorten a driver’s search for an empty parking spot.
Meet Zia Yusuf – Sept. 2011
Ask Zia Yusuf what he does for a living and he’ll likely say, “I’m in the parking business.” More precisely, he’s in the business of trying to put an end to parking as we know it and utterly transform one of the most familiar and frustrating acts of daily life.
IBM Banks On Small Start-Ups For Big Growth – Aug. 2011
Streetline Inc. has been selling its parking-sensor technology for only a year and it has just 30 employees, but International Business Machines Corp. is depending on it and hundreds of young start-ups like it to reach ambitious financial targets. By 2015, IBM expects to add about $30 billion to its 2010 revenue of $99.9 billion, a challenging goal considering it grew its annual sales by around $10 billion over the past decade.
Streetline: Parking App is Just the Beginning – May. 2011
Just about every time a new electric vehicle charging station is installed in America, I get a press release about it. But what about the other 256 million vehicles on the road in the U.S.? Although they don’t need to plug in, regular cars need somewhere to park, too. Streetline, a California startup, has an app for that: Parker. The company installs sensors in parking spots so that consumers can go onto their iPhone or Android and check to see where spots are available.
Looking for a parking spot by driving around and around the block has become a thing of the past. Streetline today announced the launch of the second-generation smart-parking app, Parker, for the iPhone and the launch of Parker for Android. Parker lets users find available street or lot parking options and offers other information such as cost.
L.A.’s “Parker” app helps you find available parking in Hollywood and will soon be coming to a city near you. See how it works on Talking Tech.
The Dylan Ratigan Show – CEO Zia Yusuf Interviewed – Feb. 2011
GOOD Magazine founder Ben Goldhirsch and Streetline CEO Zia Yusuf introduce the idea of wireless parking in an effort to reinvent daily commutes and improve urban infrastructure.
(Video) How to Pitch – Zia Yusuf @IBM Finals – Nov. 2010
Zia Yusuf (President and CEO Streetline) gives a the perfect 6 min pitch at IBM SmartCamp World Finals a great mixture of clarity, passion, and humour.
Find out what set Streetline apart from more than 600 competitors at IBM’s SmartCamp and watch CEO Zia Yusuf accept the award naming Streetline the world’s smartest startup.