Jake Sigal

Livio has spent the last year opening up to app developers with Livio Connect, but now, CEO Jake Sigal sees an opportunity in traditional radio he's calling FM Connect.

"We've gone airborne," says Sigal. FM Connect takes the traditional FM radio signal and creates a two-way link between the broadcaster and the Bluetooth connected smartphone.

At the 2012 SEMA Show, Livio Connect CEO and founder Jake Sigal announced the new over-the-air firmware updates for car stereos available for Livio Connect API developers. The firmware updates connect apps to cars easily for vehicle OEMs, Tier 1 manufacturers, and approved third-party developers.

Sigal explains, "Cars are good for over 10 years. iOS and Android updates every 10 months.

Michigan businessman Jake Sigal is having a good week.

The founder of technology supplier Livio in Ferndale learned he is a finalist for the Consumer Electronics Association's Entrepreneur of the Year award and General Motors announced that Livio technology will be used in entertainment systems of the Chevrolet Spark that goes on sale next year.

The hope is the positive news will help Livio meet its goal of becoming the standard in integrating radio apps in vehicles, said Sigal, who started his company in his guest bedroom in 2008.

The Consumer Electronics Association Tuesday named seven finalists- three individuals and four businesses- for its  Innovation Entrepreneur Awards, which will be presented at the CEA Industry Forum next month. 

Ferndale, MI-based Livio  announced this week that it has completed a Series C round of funding for an undisclosed amount. Plenty of local investors participated in the round, including longtime backer Beringea , North Coast Technology Investors, and the First Step Fund. Rhode Island-based Angel Street Capital and Silicon Valley's Western Technology Investment also contributed to the round.

Jake Sigal, the startup's founder and CEO, says Livio will use the funding to grow its engineering team and continue integrating its products into more vehicles and smartphones.

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