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For Immediate Release
Monday, Jan. 12, 2013


Young entrepreneur to discuss finding success by one's own rules

     Sterling Heights, Mich. – Jake Sigal, who gained entrepreneurial success by playing by his own rules, will bring his do-things-differently message and the story of founding Livio Radio to the Macomb-OU INCubator's Fireside Growth Story Series on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

     After seeing Sigal speak as a lively guest panelist at the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition this past year, the Mac-OU INC team was left wanting to hear even more about his entrepreneurial journey.

     At the age of 26, Sigal mashed-up music and tech to establish Livio Radio in 2008. He traded his office at Delphi, where he worked as an XM product manager, for an office in the guest bedroom of his home. Today, Sigal has grown the Livio crew to 15, put more than 25 products on the market and sits on the Consumer Electronics Association's Board of Industry Leaders and the Small Business Council.

     As a 2012 recipient of Automation Alley's Entrepreneur of the Year and dBusiness' 30 in Their Thirties, Sigal proves that rules are meant to be broken. When he isn't inventing cool tech products, he can be found fist pumping in his office to electro, house and dubstep, riding his fixed-gear bike and playing ice hockey for Team Livio.

     The Fireside Growth Story Series is designed to encourage discussion and help entrepreneurs gain inside knowledge from those who have 'been there' and 'done that.' Admission to Sigal's presentation, which begins at 5 p.m. on Jan. 29, is free and open to the public. Discussion and questions are encouraged as part of the event.

     The incubator is located in the Velocity building at 6633 Eighteen Mile Road in Sterling Heights. Those interested in attending are asked to register in advance by contacting Joan Carleton at (586) 884-9324 or e-mailing to macINC@oakland.edu.

     The Macomb-OU INCubator provides comprehensive development and support to startup and emerging businesses with a focus on the defense, homeland security, advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. For more information, visit the incubator website at oakland.edu/macombouinc.

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