Jay Vijayan

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Jay Vijayan
Other namesJayaprakash Vijayan
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationUniversity of Madras (B.Sc., M.Sc.)

Jay Vijayan (born, Jayaprakash Vijayan) is an Indian-American business executive. From 2012 to 2016, he worked at Tesla Motors as Chief Information Officer. In 2016, he founded Tekion Corp, an American company selling software to the automotive retail industry.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Jay was born in a Tamil family in Chennai, India to K. Vijayan and V. Umadevi. His father is a local politician and leader of the Indian National Congress party in Tamil Nadu.[3]

He later earned his Bachelor of Science and Master in Science in Geology subject from the University of Madras in Chennai, India.[4]


Prior to joining VMware, Jay led product development teams responsible for developing and managing ERP products at Oracle.[5]

From 2007 to 2012, Vijayan worked at VMware, an American software company, as the director of Applications Development and later senior director of Business Applications, Information Technology. During his time at VMware, Vijayan led the technical implementation of VMware's ERP and CRM systems among others.[5]

Jay joined Tesla, Inc. (then name Tesla Motors) in 2012 as a Chief Information Officer.[6][7]

In July 2014, Vijayan received the Tamil American Pioneer – Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Engineering/Science by the Federation of Tamil Sangams of North American.[8]

In early 2016, Vijayan left Tesla to found Tekion Corp, a SaaS company that operated in stealth mode up until late 2019. Tekion is a cloud technology company focusing on business applications currently aimed at automobile retail industry.[9] In 2020, Tekion Corp raised $150 million as part of its series C funding round led by private equity firm Advent International.[10][11]

Jay also serves on the board of the HyreCar, a peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace[12] and NIC Inc., a digital government service provider for federal and state governments of the United States.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Vijayan lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children.[14]


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  4. ^ Ahmad, Samreen (21 October 2020). "Former Tesla CIO Jay Vijayan's start-up Tekion joins unicorn club". Business Standard India. Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  5. ^ a b "How Jay Vijayan—a Politician's Son, Geology Grad And Former Tesla Techie—built The World's Newest Unicorn". Forbes India. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Tech Guru Jay Vijayan". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Executive Speaker Series with CIO of Tesla Motors". Saint Mary's College. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Jay Vijayan : TiECon Midwest 2016". archive.tiecondetroit.org. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Longtime Tesla Motors CIO Jay Vijayan has formed a stealth startup".
  10. ^ Mathur, Nandita (21 October 2020). "Tekion joins the unicorn club". mint. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Tekion turns unicorn with $150 million funding led by Advent International". The Economic Times. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Jay Vijayan | Board Member | HyreCar". ir.hyrecar.com. Retrieved 21 January 2021.
  13. ^ "About NIC (EGOV) and eGovernment Solutions | NIC". www.egov.com. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  14. ^ PK, Jayadevan. "Meet Jayaprakash Vijayan - The man who keeps Tesla charged up". The Economic Times. Retrieved 27 June 2021.