Pivot Freight names new CEO

Jan 5, 2015
Austin Business Journal

Pivot Freight Inc., a cost comparison website operator, has enlisted Rob Taylor as CEO

The Austin-based company said Monday that Taylor was previously one of the founding executives of California-based TrueCar Inc. and Austin-based BlackLocus Inc., which was acquired by Home Depot Inc. in late 2012

Taylor met the Pivot Freight founders while serving as a mentor in the Techstars incubator program in Austin, according to a company announcement

Pivot Freight, which was founded in 2013 in Phoenix, developed a rate comparison engine for freight shipping. The startup joined the Techstars program last summer. It now employs five workers, according the Pivot Freight website

Last week, Pivot Freight reported raising a $2.8 million seed financing from 22 investors, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Investors included Austin-based Silverton Partners, Techstars Bullet Time Ventures, the Capital Factory, Hurt Family Investments and angel investors. The startup plans to use the new financing to increase the number of customers and hire more workers in engineering and sales, the news release indicates

Pivot Freight founder and President Dan Bebout was previously executive vice president of Concrete Construction Services of Arizona and the pricing manager of GlobalTranz, a Phoenix-based company affiliated with Carrierrate.com, according to his online profile

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