John Avery

Panasonic Automotive Innovation Center

John Avery currently manages Panasonic's Automotive Innovation Center located in Atlanta and focused on next generation automotive infotainment systems. Panasonic is currently one of the world's largest suppliers of these systems.  John recently directed the software development for a very successful infotainment system currently in the market. 

John is a serial entrepreneur with multiple successful startups.  He was co-founder and CTO of Convergence Corp which sold to Amazon.com in 1999 and an early employee and CTO at Mobliss which sold to Index Corp in 2004.  John has 6 patents in multiple fields including a patent on a Spread-Spectrum protocol developed for LXE, and a patent for a search algorithm for Amazon.com.

He has over 25 years experience developing many wireless products from embedded software/hardware to scalable server-side software. He managed the development of a complete wireless PBX voice system incorporating custom hardware and software. He also developed a complete in-building data system for inventory control. He was the chief architect for the web-to-wireless transcoding engine used by Convergence Corp which was acquired by Amazon. He designed and implemented both the SMS Gateway engine and vote counting application used by Mobliss to handle the very high volume SMS vote counting for the American Idol TV show.

John is active in the Atlanta startup community and serves on multiple boards including the Georgia Tech Research and Applied Research Corporations and the Midtown Alliance.

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