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Business Edge News Magazine - businessedge.ca - Calgary/Red Deer Edition - CEOs gear up for bootcamp experience
New Parking CEO Thomas Janacek, right, and Jackie De Jong demonstrate firm's cellphone-based parking-meter service.
...Thomas Janacek, co-founder, president and CEO of New Parking, said attending this year's bootcamp will enable him and his team to better read the mood of venture capitalists.
Janacek wants to crack an estimated $3-billion North American parking-meter market and put an end to what he
calls the "tyranny of the parking meter."
Using a digital parking payment and management solution, the Calgary-based company's technology allows motorists to use their cellphones instead of coins to pay the parking meter.Aside from eliminating the need for pocket change, drivers would no longer need to worry about running back to refill an expiring meter.
"A single phone call," said Janacek
, "allows the motorist to enter the parking meter identification (found on the meter pole) through the keypad.If you have an account with us, we charge your account like a mobile phone bill.If you don't have an account, a message is played offering free parking for the first time.We pick up the cost but if you accept, it gives us permission to call you back at a later time to solicit an account."
plans to make its money from a transaction fee or a flat fee paid by the parking authority.Janacek doesn't see this as an impediment, as the company is reducing operational costs for the meter operator, such as eliminating the need to collect and count coins.
Venture capital would help the company, Janacek
said, as it finalizes program development and negotiates with customers.
is experienced IT & engineering business development professional, who built two global tech software businesses and held management jobs in S&P 500 and NASDAQ companies
In 2003 he founded New Parking - a pioneer of cell phone parking payment systems, where he was involved in managing software design, development, production, sales, operations, etc.
Prior to that, Thomas
was in charge of corporate wide software development project for KLA Tencor, San Jose, Calif. S&P
Thomas was also Global Product Manager for Zi Corp. (NASDAQ) with offices in San Francisco, Beijing, Tokyo, London etc.. where he directed product development of Zi's flagship product eZiText™, multilingual, embedded, text predictive software.
Prior to joining Zi, Thomas became self employed entrepreneur running the SIMBAD® software product he later sold to a California startup (1999).
From 1993 until 1998, Thomas
was with AMC, in Edmonton, AB; where he
successfully commercialized EDA software package he
co-developed during his
leadership, SIMBAD® software was licensed to over 70 companies - Intel
Thomas's background provides him with rich international operational experience in business development, engineering, software development, program management, marketing, sales, and executive leadership.
Thomas holds M. Eng. degree (Carleton U, Ottawa), and Engineering degree from Faculty of Engineering and Nuclear Physics, Czech Technical U, Prague.
Thomas published several scientific papers in Journal of Applied Physics
and is author of multiple patent applications.
had also presented at many conferences around the world.
speaks fluent Spanish, Czech and Slovak, while his
German, Russian and French are somehow limited.
has business experience in some 20+ countries and visited about 50.
"The new relationship with ...
"The new relationship with AlertPay is a significant milestone for New Parking," agreed Thomas Janacek, CEO of New Parking Inc.
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