Bitcourier Interview with DIMO Co-Founder Alex Rawitz
DIMO Co-Founder Alex Rawitz sits down with Chris Beverly @ Bitcourier to talk about the current state and future of DIMO. To read the full write up, click here to head to Bitcourier.
Chris: Hi! Can you tell us more about yourself and the role you're playing in that blooming project?
Alex: I am Alex Rawitz, one of the Cofounders of DIMO and the COO of Digital Infrastructure Inc. one of the companies building the DIMO Network. I’ve spent ten years in and around startups, building startup ecosystems, working in IoT and crypto, and now combining all of that experience here. It’s an honor and a pleasure to chat about DIMO.
Chris: Thanks for accepting my invitation to the interview. So talking of the DIMO.zone - how do you help drivers to get the most out of their car?
Alex: Cars produce an unbelievable amount of data. Many people are familiar with the way some data is limitedly used for automotive apps and services: insurance cos that give you discounts for your driving habits, a CarFax report that lets you prove the health of your car before you sell it, or a vehicle GPS that can help locate you if you need roadside assistance.
The problem is 1) drivers don’t control the data (it lives on the servers of each company that collects it) and 2) developers that could offer you better automotive services can’t access the siloed data either. People should think of cars as a connected device, just like their phone. Imagine if your phone only came with the apps that the phone maker gave you?
The whole magic of your phone is the app store and the freedom it provides. So whether you have an Android or Apple and prefer TikTok or the NYTimes Crossword puzzle, you have access to apps from third party developers that make your phone amazing. Back to the auto industry: you have dozens of hardware makers who are trying to control their own app ecosystems. The vehicle experience for all will get better with an open platfrom — DIMO.
Chris: Interesting. How old is the company? How was the idea formed?
Alex Rawitz has spent 10 years in and around startups in the crypto and IoT world, and is always looking to put these technologies to work making people’s lives better. Prior to DIMO, Alex worked with exchanges, defi protocols, and fintechs at Chainalysis. Before that he worked in sales at Servato, an IoT company in the telecom space. He started his career at a startup accelerator, The Idea Village, in New Orleans.