Martin Schmitt is co-founder and CEO of CarLabs Inc. His startup is dedicated to solving consumer pain points in the car buying and ownership experience by leveraging recent advances in AI and mobile communications.

Prior to CarLabs, Martin founded and was CEO of, an automotive portal and bid management company. He sold NewCars to in 2005, where he continued as VP of Research and Development.

Martin also held the position of VP of Engineering at Shopzilla, where he led a team of 50 developers to create the Internet’s largest shopping comparison site.  Martin holds patents related to decision support and is also responsible for developing the first 3D business graphics software for PCs.

A native of Essen, Germany, Martin currently lives near Los Angeles with his wife and two teen-age daughters.