Detroit Black-Owned Tech Company Wins Pharrell Williams $1 Million Black Ambition Prize Competition

Detroit Black-Owned Tech Company Wins Pharrell Williams $1 Million Black Ambition Prize Competition

  • Pharell Williams founded Black Ambition to focus on closing the opportunity and wealth gap through entrepreneurship.
  • Black Ambition provides mentorship and access to capital to high-growth startups founded by Black and Latinx entrepreneurs.
  • $1 Million Prize Winner Livegistics: A cloud-based material management operating system that connects all stakeholders of a construction project in a real-time GPS tracked and mapping network of digital information.

July 13, 2021, Detroit, Mich. - Detroit-based minority-owned tech company, Livegistics, wins Pharrell Williams's "Black Ambition" $1 million prize competition, as announced online Tuesday, July 13. "Black Ambition" provides a pathway to success for Black and Latin entrepreneurs who are launching early-stage tech, design, healthcare, and consumer products and services start-ups. Headquartered in Detroit, Livegistics understands the components needed for a renaissance movement and is committed to providing a product and experience that will revolutionize the construction industry that is ripe for change.

Founded in 2017, minority-owned company Livegistics is quickly becoming the top disruptor in the tech industry. CEO and Co-Founder Justin Turk, with over 20 years of experience in civil engineering and construction management, Justin applied for the Black Ambition program to take advantage of each and every opportunity to grow the business, his intellect, and resources. Livegistics’ groundbreaking technology helps companies replace their paper with technology to bridge the gaps between civil construction, demolition, waste management, and logistics.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, African-Americans make up less than five percent of the technology industry's workforce in Silicon Valley, and the percentage of African-Americans that occupy executive positions in the industry may be as low as one percent, according to the commission. Independent entrepreneurs reach the same closed-door or minimal access as those already established in the sector. "Winning this competition is bigger than just the prize money", Turk says. "When we first entered the tech start-up world as two Black entrepreneurs, we had no idea how to navigate in this space. Now, we are not only being taught how to navigate, but also to dominate in an industry that just recently decided to grant access to people of color. The information, skills and tools we are being taught will not only help us thrive in our business, but it will break open doors that we never even knew existed. We don’t just want an invite, we want to create the guest list."

With Livegistics, civil, demolition, and trucking companies can now easily convert paper truck tickets into a real-time continuous flow of information, data, and metrics that allow them to be in better control of cash flow and planning for the future. What would normally take months to audit and reconcile is complete in a matter of seconds using Livegistics.

Customers who use Livegistics see a return on their investment in less than 4 months.

  • Eliminate revenue losses from lost tickets
  • Drastically reduce time and labor associated with ticket reconciliation
  • Manage cost on a real-time basis
  • Data analytics gives a competitive advantage over the competition
  • Large reduction in field errors

The COVD-19 Pandemic saw a surge in demand as the trucking industry single-handedly kept the country moving with the shutdown. "U.S. trucking companies are scrambling to hire more drivers as roaring consumer demand and tight shipping capacity stoke a resurgent freight market. Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc., the largest truckload carrier in North America, is the latest trucking company to raise pay", per The Wall Street Journal. Livegistics software is installed in five Waste Management Landfills across three states, including Auburn Hills, Lenox, and Wayne, Michigan, allowing thousands of customers that cross their scales to use the highly sought out software.

Livegistics plans to invest in the tech industry, increasing the workforce, specifically hiring other Black entrepreneurs, and strategically spending the prize money on sales and marketing to continue to grow and scale the company. The inaugural Black Ambition prize winners were announced online Tuesday, July 13 at 5:30 pm, with earnings ranging from $100,000 to $1 million. The event featured programming, including remarks by Pharrell, a special performance by Tobe Nwigwe, and founder stories.

Justin Turk CEO and Co-Founder:

Justin Turk is committed to leveraging technology against the archaic practices of modern construction. He believes that transparency, accountability and immediate access to information are essential to eective business growth for all parties involved. Before becoming CEO of Livegistics he held a role as Vice President and Chief Estimator at one of the largest heavy civil (Minority-Owned) construction companies in Michigan. With both an educational background in computer science as well as civil engineering/construction management, Justin was instrumental in the establishment and advancement of construction technology use throughout the company.

A member of the Metro-Detroit Black Business Alliance and EY's (Ernst and Young) Entrepreneur Access Network, Mr. Turk is a third-generation entrepreneur in the construction industry. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather who once built the largest minority-owned asphalt paving company in Michigan, he is committed to making sure that minorities have a sustainable seat at the table as both entrepreneurs in construction and tech. He currently resides in Metro Detroit with his wife and two children.

 

Andre Davis, CPA CFO and Co-Founder:

Growing up as one of eight children in a single-parent home, Andre Davis grew to value community, hard work, and purpose as he dedicated himself to helping others through financial services. After leaving Ernst & Young LLP, and with a goal of helping startup entrepreneurs, Andre started his own accounting and financial services practice dedicated to helping small businesses thrive. In addition to his practice, Andre has served as auditor, financial consultant, investment advisor, controller, vice president of finance, and CFO throughout his career, working with companies in manufacturing, financial services, construction, non-profit, and many other industries over the past twenty years.

As Co-Founder and CFO of Livegistics, Andre has helped structure, develop and position the organization for accelerated exponential growth. Leveraging his experience, he aspires to see Livegistics realize its potential and pioneer change in the construction industry.

Andre holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting and is a CPA with long-standing memberships with the AICPA and MICPA. He currently resides in Metro Detroit with his wife and five children.

Black Ambition Social Handles:
Instagram: @blackambitionprize
Twitter: @blackambitionpz
Facebook: @blackambitionprize
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/black-ambition
Event Website: https://blackambitionprize.com/demo-day-2021

Company Website: https://livegistics.com
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/livegistics-llc Facebook: @LivegisticsLLC
Instagram: @livegisticsllc
Twitter: @livegistics

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Born in the City of Detroit, Terese is a product of St. Martin DePorres and Farmington High Schools. Her post high school education has been focused on marketing and customer service. Terese has a long track record with providing exceptional customer service with companies such as Quicken Loans and DTE Energy. Several years ago she also served as a Field Engineer for one of Metro Detroit's largest demolition contractors. These experiences give her a very in-depth understanding of how to relate to customers in the construction industry. In a fast paced, production demanding environment, accessibility and solutions must go hand in hand.

"Every time.... No Exceptions..... No excuses. I learned that while working for some of the most successful corporations in the United States and I have applied that to my day to day interactions with customers. You have to have patience with technology. Technology is forever evolving and everyone doesn’t necessarily feel safe. You have to be their step by step guide until they’re comfortable."

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Landfills, Lawsuits and Liabilities. The Livegistics Systems solves the 3 L's for Construction Managers/Owners/Developers

Landfills

The EPA estimates that between 230 million and 530 million tons of construction debris are generated annually in the United States.  Usually, a property owner hires a contractor to dispose of construction and demolition (C&D) debris at an approved landfill.  Most people assume that it is the responsibility of the hired contractor to ensure that the material is disposed of properly.  This is simply not true.  No matter who is performing the work, it is essentially the “Owner’s” responsibility to ensure that this material is disposed of properly.  Landfills require an “Owner’s Representative” to guarantee that the material being delivered to the landfill comes from their site.  On an average project, an “Owner’s Representative” can sign over 500 documents to approve of hauling C&D debris to a landfill.  This process can easily become redundant and tiresome.

Lawsuits

Every year owners are sued for millions of dollars, because the material leaving their site was not disposed of properly.  For this reason, many owners have invested capital in having people managing the waste streams of a project.  This was done as a result of the large payouts being made by owners who were found to be negligent.  Financially, it made more sense to hire people to manage this process then to risk trusting a contractor to do it correctly on their own.  When the work of a contractor is what supremely decides an “owner’s” fate bad things sometime happen (https://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180318/news/655571/ford-investor-battle-over-wixom-site).  As important as this process is, the time is now to leverage technology at the landfill so that we can reduce lawsuits.

Liabilities

Even with the investment in environmental oversight, a large liability remains.  What happens when the truck leaves the site?  How do I know each truck made it to the landfill that day?  How am I keeping track of each load of material based on each area it was removed from.  With so much liability involved in this process, it is time that owner’s use technology to limit their liability.  It’s time for Livegistics.  The Livegistics LTS Manifest application is accessible at every Waste Management landfill in the United States.  For the owner that wants to avoid lawsuits and limit liabilities; send your C&D debris to a Waste Management Landfill via Livegistics.

How the LTS Manifest App works with Waste Management

We have created a guide that walks an owner through signing manifests digitally using LTS Manifest.


Livegistics Goes 100% Digital At Waste Management

Three years ago Livegistics set out on a mission to revolutionize the civil and demo industry by creating a cloud based construction operating system for the day to day logistics of the construction industry.  Two years ago we announced the release of our LTS Civil module specifically designed for self performing civil and demo contractors.  With customers like Blaze Contracting, Barton Malow Civil, Bridging North America and Gayanga Co. leading the charge, the industry is finding out that the time for improved technology in construction logistics is now.

TKMS using LTS Manifest

Earlier this year we released our LTS Trucking platform while at the same time introducing  TKMS as our flagship customer.  TKMS has come on board starting a revolution of 100% paperless heavy hauling trucking companies.  Now, we are excited to announce the introduction of our LTS Manifest application.  With the help and support of industry giant Waste Management we are excited to kick off the use of our paperless manifest pilot programs in both Michigan and Illinois.  At Waste Management’s Woodland Meadows Landfill in Wayne, Michigan in conjunction with TKMS; Livegistics will be launching a 100% paperless digital manifest process.  No longer will owners be required to sign manifests with a pen.  The days of trucks showing up with paper manifests at the scale are long gone.  Introducing a completely paperless process with real-time tracking through our cloud based registry.  This is where technology meets production and creates “industry changing” results.

M.T. Transit goes digital at Laraway Landfill

At the same time, Waste Management’s Laraway Landfill in Joliet, Illinois, will be kicking off a similar Pilot Program.  In conjunction with local heavy hauling trucking company M.T. Transit;  truckers will now enter into Laraway Landfill carrying no hard copy paperwork.  MT Transit, a subsidiary of Marina Cartage, Inc. is one of the largest heavy hauling companies in Illinois.  They specialize in waste transfer and construct site imports and exports.

With environmental requirements increasing and project schedules being compressed, streamlining the process of entering landfills is a must.  If you would like more information on how Livegistics can improve your efficiency while lowering your bottom line, please visit our website at www.livegsitics.com for more information.


The Return on Investment

Some of the first advantages you will see while using the Livegistics cloud based platform are how streamlined your everyday processes become. Many times in the past you would have carbon copies of tickets floating around in the most inauspicious locations.   Just like clockwork, some tickets would get lost, and so begins the nightmare of reconciling paper tickets with your vendors.  In some cases over a year’s time, you could lose tens of thousands of dollars just from lost tickets.

After polling customers that have been using our modules ,we have found an average  90% reduction in back office accounting/reconciliation time. Not only are we eliminating the chance of losing tickets, but our reconciliation screen has turned what used to a cumbersome process into a well oiled machine.  What some were spending days doing with multiple people involved at times , can now only take a couple hours to complete with very little error. This means that companies are now saving tremendous amounts of time and money dealing with the most important parts of their business.  The Livegistics System allows you to get rid of the bottlenecks in your business process. Let us know how we can help you streamline your day to day process by using Livegistics.


The New Normal

As companies slowly get back to work, we will be faced with a new challenge that we have never experienced before. The practice of social distancing is being used to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus which has impacted the entire world in such a short time. How will this affect the civil contracting industries day to day interactions? What new solutions could we use to adapt to our new working environment? Enter Livegistics cloud based software. The use of our revolutionary civil operating system will not only allow truckers and contractors to accept, sign and verify digital tickets while practicing social distancing, but they will also help increase productivity and efficiency using live dashboards. This gives business owners the transparency they need to see valuable data metrics to run their company as lean as they need to while we all get our revenue streams back up and running full steam.

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. ” -Socrates-