Making life easier for motorists

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About Caura

Caura was founded in 2018 by a team of auto enthusiasts and engineers with a simple mission: to make life easier for motorists. The inspiration came when holding a parking ticket in one hand, and a phone in the other. Roads are becoming increasingly digitised, and the only constant is that every vehicle carries a smartphone on every journey.

The team saw this as an opportunity to help rebalance the roads in favour of the driver.

Last year, UK motorists paid nearly £500m in parking fines alone on top of £1.5bn in revenue. We don’t think that’s fair. Caura addresses this by cutting out the confusion and allowing your phone to take care of everything.

Gone are the days of remembering different logins and a folder full of apps for your car. With Caura enter your details once and you’re free to drive with confidence that you’ll always make the right payments at the right times.

Our Team

Alan Hickman

Director of Insurance

Alan is our insurance leader with 20 years of hands-on experience implementing technology in insurance. He was previously Head of Digital Delivery for LV='s £1B direct and broker motor insurance books. He is also the founder of a gadget and e-scooter insurance brand.

Alex Carmichael

Marketing Manager

Alex manages Caura's marketing and brings almost a decade of automotive experience to the team. Over the last few years he has built a large automotive social media following and has worked with some of the world's leading automotive brands (such as Rolls Royce & Audi). He started his career at Volkswagen Group UK and Car Throttle (acquired by Dennis).

Annika Schmid

Product Manager

Annika is our Product Manager - responsible for Caura's end-to-end user experience. Annika previously led design for the Kairos Europe Summit while working as a UX Designer at Emplow. Annika started her career in digital marketing at Schmalz before pursuing a Masters in Human Computer Interaction at University College London.

Bhavin Kotecha

Chief of Staff & Finance Director

Previously Bhavin worked at PUBLIC - the leading European GovTech venture firm, where he led their proprietary build team and supported the business through its growth from 8 to 20 employees. Bhavin spent 6 years at PwC where he completed his ACA, spent time on secondment to BMW Financial Services, and latterly worked in the M&A strategy team completing commercial due diligence assignments for private equity.

Chris Tingley

Director of Product

Chris leads Caura's product development, bringing 15 years of automotive and digital design. He is the co-founder and CTO at Conjure, one of the UK's leading automotive digital agencies and has worked with the likes of McLaren, Ford, and Jaguar to design best-in-class customer experiences.

Sai Lakshmi

CEO & Founder

Sai is no new-comer to launching businesses. He previously founded Echo - an app to manage NHS repeat prescriptions on your smartphone, which gave him extensive experience of working in regulated markets. Sai’s life before startups wasn’t far from apps or cars either. He was a Business Development Manager for iPhone, iPad and Beats at Apple’s European HQ and started his career at Bain & Company. Prior to this, Sai completed a Jaguar Land Rover sponsored DPhil (PhD) in Vehicle Crash Dynamics at the University of Oxford, after studying Engineering at Imperial College London.

Shaun Foce

Director of Engineering

Shaun has spent 20 years building complex, global software systems across many industries including financial services, insurance, telematics, global asset-tracking and retail. Along with his team, he has built Caura from the ground up to be an internationally scalable product across iOS and Android. Shaun’s also a coffee connoisseur, importing beans from around the world and taking a stand against instant coffee one cup at a time.

Our Advisors

Tobias Astor

Non-Executive Director

Toby is currently Vice President at salesforce.com. Toby brings a deep knowledge of the auto OEM industry having spent six years in Strategy and Commercial Director roles at Jaguar Land Rover. Prior to JLR, Toby, worked at Odey Asset Management and also survived a couple of years in M&A at Goldman Sachs. In his spare time, he’s built an immaculate AC Cobra replica from scratch and spent a year of his youth as a pit crew apprentice for the M&Ms NASCAR team - yes he is the coolest member of the team.

David Tovar

Non-Executive Director

David has been a top-ranked Director in equity research in the European consumer space and has previously received recognition from the Financial Times whilst working for Merrill Lynch for his analysis on businesses. Over the past 18 months, David has focussed his attention on advisory and portfolio work across the consumer facing start-up space and has advised a number of extremely-fast growing businesses in FinTech and InsureTech.