Former Dash exec raised $3M for driver centric iPhone App

Robert Acker
Robert Acker
A new start-up called Aha Mobile Inc, announced last Friday to have secured $3 million in Series A financing from VC firm Venrock.

Robert Acker is the President and CEO at Aha Mobile. A seven years veteran of XM Satellite Radio, he was until last summer senior vice president of marketing at Dash Navigation a start-up which raised $71 milllion for building a connected PND until it stopped its consumer activity in Novembre 2008 , laid off most of its staff and went silent - if not dead.

At this time little has been made public about Aha, except a few things revealed by Acker last week. “Our goal is to safely provide drivers with just the relevant pieces of information they need, letting them focus their attention on driving,” he stated. The product, in current closed Beta and to be publicly released in the summer, is said to be delivering traffic information and more.

Former employees from XM Satellite Radio, Motorola, Dash Navigation and Loopt are among the staff of this new venture.

“The company's employees have an impressive track record of delivering innovative digital car and mobile location-based services, while working at companies like XM Satellite Radio, Motorola, Dash Navigation, Loopt and others.”

Monday, May 18th 2009

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