Carsharing marketplace HyreCar appointed Jay Vijayan to its board of directors effective April 25. From 2012 to 2016, Vijayan was chief information officer for Tesla, and he is currently founder and chief executive officer of Tekion Corp., a Silicon Valley startup in the business applications and automotive retail experience sectors.
Vijayan’s more than 20 years of technology platform, product development and leadership experience includes his time at Tesla, where he and his team built and scaled Tesla's digital and information platform and systems, which HyreCar said fueled the company’s “hyper-growth phase.”
Before his time at Tesla, Vijayan oversaw VMware’s business applications development group during what HyreCar said was a period of accelerated growth for the company. During that time, VMware scaled revenues from approximately $700 million in 2007 to nearly $4 billion in 2012.
Vijayan also previously led product development teams at Oracle for more than seven years.
Vijayan also serves on the board of NIC Inc., and HyreCar said he is known for building “simple and highly scalable technology platforms and solutions” that the company says transforms, scales businesses and enables operational efficiency.
“I understand the need and potential for a robust rideshare marketplace that brings significant value for all stakeholders of this ecosystem, Vijayan said in a news release. “After meeting with the HyreCar team, I quickly realized HyreCar’s tremendous and unique value proposition for this need and the team’s potential to deliver. I am thrilled for the opportunity to help guide the company on its journey,”
“I’m looking forward to working with Jay and the rest of our board of directors,” said HyreCar chief executive officer Joe Furnari. “Jay is a key addition that reinforces our strategy with auto manufacturers and auto dealers; he also brings extensive experience scaling technology platforms and bringing the best of the technology world to the automotive industry. Surrounding HyreCar with experienced individuals has been one of my key objectives, and leveraging different perspectives on the industry is what has made us a leader in the space and will continue our trail blazing into the future.”