Media & Press

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.



Streetline Raises $25 mm round led by True Ventures   – Jan. 2013

“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.



Mobile Parking Services Streetline Grabs $25 mm from True Ventures, Qualcomm, Citi   – Jan. 2013


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.



 Streetline Raises $25mm for Mobile Aid to Find a Parking Space  – Jan. 2013


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.




 (Video) The Economist Ideas Economy 2012: Zia Yusuf, Streetline & Wim Elfrink, Cisco  – Jan. 2013


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.


What is a parking spot worth? A small fortune, nothing, and everything in between. It all depends on the time of the day and how desperate you happen to be at the moment, according to Zia Yusuf, president and CEO of Streetline, which has created a system for tracking, and ultimately auctioning, open parking spaces in urban centers.
Many promising executives derail sometime during their careers, often because they weren’t very good at office politics. Not playing the political game is often seen as a good thing, even a badge of honor. Some managers see it as proof of their integrity. They are going to succeed because of job performance alone. They couldn’t be more wrong. Research finds that a person’s political skills are key to building a successful career—for the good of both themselves and their company.

government_techsmall  Smart Parking Tech Might be Paying Off in U.S. Cities – Sept. 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.

wsj  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.

images  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.

wsj  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.

green-tech  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.

cnetStreetline unveils second generation of parking app – May 2011

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.


 (Video) Talking Tech App Helps You Find Parking Feb. 2011

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.

images  (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.

images  (Video) – Streetline Named IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year – Nov. 2010

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.


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