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Forum on World Class IT - 320 Interviews and Podcasts

Welcome to the Forum on World Class IT podcast series, a collection of exclusive interviews with Chief Information Officers and other IT industry thought leaders. Learn from the experts on how best to establish a truly World Class IT organization.

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February 20, 2017: Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors

Among other topics, Jay discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • Local Motor’s micromanufacturing
  • The development of a bespoke community
  • The changes Local Motors provides in product development
  • Strategic partnerships with their clients
  • Jay’s history with entrepreneurship
  • The “waking hours” of artificial intelligence and what it means for traditional industries
  • Product education and its role in making the consumer ask, “Why do we care?”
  • The changes on the horizon for the automotive industry
  • Cars as upgradable hardware
  • Customers as the only force able to push back on the supply driven economy of the automotive industry

Jay Rogers’ Biography

Jay is the Chief Executive Officer of Local Motors, a cutting-edge automotive startup building the next generation automobile company and brand in the United States. As CEO and Co-founder, he is responsible for crafting the overall strategy for Local Motors and has been helping develop transformation within the automotive industry.

Prior to founding Local Motors, Jay served for seven years in the United States Marine Corps, where he was an Infantry Company Commander. Prior to service, he worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Co. and as an investment analyst at Ewing & Partners.

Jay earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.

I recently caught up with Jay over the phone from Local Motors headquarters in Phoenix, AZ, and our conversation covered World Class IT Principle Four, IT & Business Partnership, as we discussed how the Local Motors forms strategic partnerships with clients; and Principle Five, External Partnerships, as we discussed how Local Motors as created a community that drives innovation and efficiency. We also discussed how Local Motors has relied on transparency to build teams, Jay’s history in entrepreneurship, transformations in the automotive industry, as well as a variety of other topics.

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