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Jimmy Ouyang

Jimmy Ouyang leads product development and operations for KINTO US, Toyota’s mobility brand.  Jimmy joined to KINTO in early 2020, where he guided the team through the onset of COVID, major product changes, and rapid growth. In his 9 years at Toyota, Jimmy has held various roles in project management, process improvement, robotics automation, and startup incubation.

Jimmy grew up in Georgia and studied finance at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He started his career at Capital One as a Project Manager, where he led strategic call center initiatives. In 2010, he moved across the country to Los Angeles to pursue his MBA at UCLA. After graduation, Jimmy served as a consultant for Point B, was staffed at Toyota, and became a Toyota Team Member 2 years later.   

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Paul Hirsch

Paul brings deep mobility services and automotive market expertise to his role as CEO. Prior to Launch Mobility, Paul started and grew Evercar, an electric vehicle car share that served the on-demand market for rideshare and delivery drivers. Prior to that, Paul led product planning for alternative powertrain vehicles at Toyota. Paul earned an MBA from Wharton and a B.A. in Economics from Claremont McKenna College.

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Neha Kunte

Neha Kunte is the owner of MNK Infotech, Inc. an award-winning boutique IT company in the Dallas Ft-Worth region.  She is an accomplished executive and international thought leader with a proven ability to create, develop and deploy new sales/ marketing strategies that can change a company’s overall business and financial objectives. 

As a local community leader, she is an advocate for small business success and has demonstrated her passion by leading local area organizations on small business policy and economic development strategies.  She has been appointed to numerous state/local civic boards and commissions to further the advancement of minority community representation on health care, land use and women’s issues.  Neha has led numerous international trade delegations for local Asian American businesses to Asia and India where she applied her multilingual skills and diaspora commercial diplomacy expertise for U.S. based small businesses to be successful in emerging Asian countries.

For her efforts she has received local and regional awards on her community leadership and passion for diversity and inclusion.  In 2020, Neha served as the Chairwoman for the Asian Chamber of Texas and has led the transformation for the state’s largest Asian American Chamber of Commerce to meet the demands of a 21st century global economy.  She is a proud wife, mother of two and tries to keep a healthy work life balance by enjoying Indian Classical dance and being a Henna Artist.

She holds bachelor’s degree in financial accounting from Mumbai University and speaks 6 languages, English, Hindi, Japanese, Marathi, Gujrati and Sanskrit 

Some of her achievements and Leadership are:

2010: Asian Business Entrepreneur of the year (GDAACC/ACT)

2011: Small Business Champion of the Year (Irving Chamber)

 2012: Nominated as Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year

2013: Graduate of SBA’s E-200 Entrepreneurs

2011 till 2015: Irving International Women’s consortium (served as a board member, secretory and President)

2015 till 2019: Irving Flood control board

2015: Graduate of Goldman Sachs 10KSB program, cohort 2

2015: Served as board member with North Texas commission

2016 and 2019: Launched two products (MNK insight and Asobo/ gamification and assessment platform)

2018: visited Hong Kong, Japan and India representing GDAACC/ACT on trade mission 

2020: Chairwoman Asian chamber of Texas

2020: Diversity and Inclusion certification, e-Cornell 

2020/ 2021: Mentor and committee member of Women of color of WBENC southwest

2021: Advisory board of DEC networks/ Women of Innovation

2021: Advisory board of Visit Dallas (Dallas convention center and visitor’s bureau).

2021: Mentor for Dallas Business Journal’s Mentoring Monday

2022: Board Member of Irving Advocacy Center

2022: Board member of Irving Symphony Orchestra

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Casey Morris

I have been working with technology since graduating from The College of William and Mary in 2007. I joined Microsoft in 2019 to support the migration of their Federal customers to Azure and Office 365. I’m passionate about closing the digital divide using data and data analysis. I’ve been a developer since the age of 11 when I first discovered html, technology is something that comes naturally to me and my interest has led me to work in systems engineering, business applications and data analytics. In my spare time, my wife and I enjoy traveling, especially to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. I love music and have been a DJ since college. My family emigrated from Liberia to the United States seeking peace, prosperity and stability.

Digital Equity and Inclusion: My research looked for factors, economic and demographic, that showed an impact on high density neighborhoods where broadband deficits are above 50%. When I discussed the metrics that would go into a score/index, the main ones I found were age, income, race, school enrollment, home occupancy and employment. Based on the data we have available via the American Community Survey; this limited amount of data can pinpoint neighborhoods that are highly susceptible to digital exclusion and begin to form a descriptive profile of that community. With tested and reliable measures, community organizations will have a better way of localizing and targeting their effort for digital access. This is a starting point, helping us close the gap between what is reported in aggregate, and the type of qualitative data that comes from actively engaged community partners. This is where the outcomes of digital inclusion activism are measured, in the success stories of the families and individuals that were left out for so long.