Winter 2015 with Jake Sigal & Phil Danne of Tome and Dr. Tran of Vivid Vision

Together we will explore the intersection of connected devices, mobility, ubiquitous computing, distributed robotics, web & app startups and automation.


Itai Ben-Gal, Co-Founder & CEO at iRule
Brian Mulloy, Apigee

Software for the Internet of Things
Jake Sigal, Founder & CEO of Tome
Phil Danne, Director of Engineering at Tome

Virtual Reality for Improved Vision
Dr. Tuan Tran, Co-Founder of Vivid Vision

Open Space Discussion
We will create the agenda together at the meetup

Cocktails & Talking Shop  
Angelina Italian Bistro

About Jake Sigal

Jake Sigal believes in metro Detroit, and he has an exciting vision for the region’s place in the world of technological innovation.

A third-generation entrepreneur with a passion for integrating hardware with software applications, Jake co-founded a new software company, Tome, in 2014 to explore the buzzing “Internet of things” tech space. He also joined the 3-60 LLC real estate group as a partner this year and is actively negotiating a forward-thinking, mixed-use development plan to bring innovative tech companies to downtown Ferndale.

Jake founded his first company, Livio, in his Ferndale home in 2008 and successfully engineered software that enables mobile device applications to work seamlessly with vehicle hardware systems. The company’s work turned heads, and Jake sold Livio to Ford Motor Co. in 2013.

A graduate of Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering, Jake was named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year semifinalist in 2011. He was also named Automation Alley’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012, and in 2014, took home a Detroit Free Press Automotive Leadership Award in the up-and-coming category.

Jake and his wife, Abbee, are proud to call Ferndale home. When he’s not engineering new technology and working to take his hometown to the next level, Jake enjoys mountain biking, playing hockey, working as a DJ spinning electronic music, and big-mountain skiing in Vail, Colo.    

Visit to learn more about Jake and his projects.  Follow him on Twitter @jakesigal.

About Dr. Tuan Tran

Dr. Tuan Tran is a strong advocate for diagnosing and treating binocular vision disorders. He ventured out to advise a team of developers in creating a software to treat amblyopia, the most common cause of visual impairment in children. The gold standard of treating this disorder involves prescribing glasses and sending the patient home with a patch to strengthen the "lazy eye". Patients often become non-compliant from discomfort and a negative social stigma.

Dr. Tran along with two cofounders started Vivid Vision. They developed software that utilizes a new approach to treat amblyopia by immersing the patient into a virtual reality environment. The software uses Oculus Rift headgear instead of a gamepad. The patient has the option of using their hand to play by taking advantage of the Leap Motion device. The patient is able to play games that are aimed to increase their binocularity.

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  • Brian M.

    We are on the 4th floor in the Penthouse room. Any issues please call me:[masked]

    March 16

  • Ken

    When do we find out location?

    January 20

    • Brian M.

      Hi Ken, the event will be in downtown Detroit this quarter. We are finalizing the date and venue with our proposed speaker.

      February 22

  • Ilana D.

    In the meantime....anyone interested in competing for $50K in the National HW Cup @ TechShop Detroit...message me, or check out

    January 26

  • Doron Y.

    Coaching the next big thing!

    January 5

    • Ken

      When do we find out location?

      January 20

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