Dealerscope 2019 40 Under 40: Alex Capecelatro, Josh.ai
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Name: Alex Capecelatro
Job Title: CEO
Years in the Industry: 4 in CI, 10+ in technology
Major Accomplishments that you’re proud of: Founding a company trying to reimagine the possibilities of the home including industry leading voice control, apps, integrations, and partnerships. CEDIA awarded me the young professional of the year award and our company the next new product award for our hardware product Josh Micro. I’m proud to have been asked to speak on 30+ panels and conferences ranging from CES and ISE to buying groups and design shows.
What do you like best about your job?: Work with amazing people solving hard problems that are literally making people’s lives better. What could be better?
What do you like least about your job?: As a startup we are a small team and can only do so much. I wish we could move faster and do more!
Favorite hobby: Skiing although lately it’s been electric motorcycle, aerobatic airplanes, and previously skydiving.
Last book you read: It's Not About the Coffee: Lessons on Putting People First from a Life at Starbucks
Who is your hero and why?: This keeps evolving. Steve Jobs for his product vision and innovation. Jeff Bezos for constantly thinking outside the box. My business partner Tim Gill for his dedication to humanity and human rights.
Favorite consumer tech device: Is it cheating if I say Josh Micro? Love the design and functionality, but it is my baby. Otherwise the iPhone continues to be a marvel of innovation in both design and capabilities. In the smart home I’m a huge fan of Sonos and how often I use it.
What you’d be doing if you weren’t in tech: Previously I worked on electric cars and I think there’s a lot to do with AI, hardware, and shaping the future of transportation. That said, the home is more personal and intimate and therefore more exciting for me.
What’s the biggest problem the industry faces today, and how would you fix it?: I wouldn’t say a problem so much as an opportunity. New products come out almost weekly and it’s tough for a customer to make sense of it and know what’s best for them. Privacy is a huge priority for us and we’re always worried about customers creating vulnerabilities they might not be aware of. That said, it’s such an exciting time for the home and I’m thrilled to be part of it.
What’s your outlook for the CE industry for the next five years?: More people are living with connected devices that improve their lives and the CE industry is needed to make sense of it, make it all work well, and give our customers a great experience. That’s not going away any time soon.