Jay Vijayan, Founder and CEO, among the most exceptional entrepreneurs at 2023 Builders and Innovators Summit
Oct 18, 2023
Pleasanton, CA, October 18, 2023 – Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS) is recognizing Tekion Founder and CEO, Jay Vijayan, as one of the Most Exceptional Entrepreneurs of 2023 at its Builders and Innovators Summit in Healdsburg, California. This is the second consecutive year Jay is receiving this honor.
Goldman Sachs selected Jay Vijayan from multiple industries to be honored at the two-day event. Jay brings over two decades of successful technology leadership and entrepreneurship experience. Prior to founding Tekion, Jay was the Chief Information Officer of Tesla Inc., for over 4 years. Jay built and led the transformation of Tesla’s Digital and Information Systems from the ground up, building a strong technology platform and ecosystem for the company’s hyper-growth from 2012 to 2016. Before Tesla, Jay held IT, Product and Engineering leadership roles at VMware Inc., (2007-2011) and Oracle Inc. (1999-2007). Jay is an inventor, having several technology patents for his inventions, an investor in some very successful organizations and board member in private and public companies.
Tekion, innovator of the first cloud-native platform serving the entire automotive ecosystem, was recently named to the Forbes 2023 Cloud 100, the definitive ranking of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world. Tekion is disrupting and transforming the automotive retail industry, with its cloud-native platform that includes Automotive Retail Cloud (ARC), Automotive Enterprise Cloud (AEC) and Automotive Partner Cloud (APC), connecting the entire spectrum of the automotive retail industry. Tekion is solving decades-old problems in the most modern and thoughtful way. Under Jay’s leadership, Tekion has experienced rapid hypergrowth, starting from a small technology startup to multi-billion-dollar company and being the chosen platform provider for some of the largest, most reputed automotive retailers/dealers and manufacturers across the world.
“I am honored to be recognized by Goldman Sachs as one of the most exceptional entrepreneurs for the second year in a row,” said Jay Vijayan. “Thank you to my phenomenal team at Tekion, who continue to innovate on our platform that enables, empowers and positively transforms the automotive retail businesses for dealers, manufacturers and the entire automotive retail ecosystem. My heartfelt thanks to Goldman Sachs for recognizing the work we are doing at Tekion once again.”
“We’re delighted to recognize Jay Vijayan as one of the most exceptional entrepreneurs of 2023,” said David M. Solomon, Chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs. “Like everyone in this year’s class, Jay has been a visionary in their field, pushing forward innovation and redefining markets. We are excited to harness Goldman’s convening power to bring together these dynamic leaders and hear their insights.”
In addition to honoring the most exceptional entrepreneurs, the Summit consists of general sessions and clinics led by seasoned entrepreneurs, academics and business leaders as well as resident scholars.
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