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General Information

Phone(408) 543-2900
DescriptionInternet connected GPS navigation device


Sunnyvale, USA
888 Ross Drive
Sunnyvale, 94089, USA


Founder and VP, Business Development
Founder and Director of Engineering
Founder and Navigation Architect
SVP, Sales
SVP, Engineering
SVP, Business Development




Dash Navigation has plans to change your automotive GPS units for good by bringing maps mashups as well as internet capability. Unlike today’s car GPS units which necessitate extra downloads to update map changes, add features or otherwise, Dash Navigation updates and extra features will all come via web connection in real time. The device will be connected through a cellular data network and will also sport WiFi connectivity.

The device will collect data about traffic conditions from all other Dash drivers, and estimates how long alternative routes will take on any given day. All sorts of geo-tagged information can be pushed to the device and combined with the on-board maps. Everything from restaurants and open houses to concerts, gas, and golf courses could be sent to the Dash and appear there on your screen.

Owners will be able to manage which mashups they receive through Dash’s Website. There, they will be able to drag feeds from sites like Platial, where they can create a Google Map of dog runs in San Francisco or yoga schools in LA. Link it to Zillow, and you will be able to get data on houses as you are driving around the neighborhood. Create a feed at Upcoming.org about all the rock concerts in your city or one of open houses from Craigslist, and you will be able to get the info in your car, along with how far away each place is. You will also be able to do a Yahoo Local search on the device for restaurants and it will return nearby results with ratings.

The company is backed by both VC powerhouses, Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins as well as a slew of others.

Recent Milestones

  • Handshake
    Dash was acquired by Blackberry. (6/4/09)
    Posted 7/7/09 at 1:37pm
  • Dollar
    Dash received $30M in Series C funding. (2/1/08)
    Posted 11/3/08 at 8:56am
  • Dollar
    Dash received $25M in Series B funding. (2/12/07)
    Posted 10/19/07 at 6:24am via dash.net
  • Dollar
    Dash received $10M in Series A funding. (1/1/06)
    Posted 10/19/07 at 6:21am via gigaom.com
  • Check
    Dash added Daniel Kaufman as CEO. (11/1/98)
    Posted 5/7/13 at 5:19am
  • Check
    Dash added Chris Dowhan as Co-Founder. (1/1/98)
    Posted 5/7/13 at 5:22am
  • Check
    Dash added Ken Kershner as SVP, Engineering.
    Posted 10/19/07 at 4:24am
  • Check
    Dash added Steve Wollenberg as Founder and VP, Business Development.
    Posted 10/19/07 at 4:24am
  • Check
    Dash added Robert Acker as SVP, Marketing.
    Posted 10/19/07 at 4:23am
  • Check
    Dash added Jim Buckley as CFO.
    Posted 10/19/07 at 4:23am
  • Check
    Dash added Robert Currie as President/COO.
    Posted 10/19/07 at 4:22am
  • Check
    Dash added Paul Lego as Chairman/CEO.
    Posted 10/19/07 at 4:22am
  • Check
    Dash added Mike Tzamaloukas as Founder and Director of Engineering.
    Posted 10/19/07 at 4:25am
  • Check
    Dash added Brian Smartt as Founder and Navigation Architect.
    Posted 10/19/07 at 4:26am
  • Check
    Dash added Jim Geison as SVP, Business Development.
    Posted 1/23/09 at 4:11pm
  • Check
    Dash added Keith Geck as SVP, Sales.
    Posted 10/19/07 at 4:23am



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