File - Vinli is a device that brings the smartphone experience into your car.
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Mark Haidar's path to success was more difficult than that of many tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. In 2006, Haidar, an engineering graduate at the time, received a visa to complete his master's in the U.S., but three days later Israel's summer war on Lebanon broke out. Eight years later, Haidar has completed his master's, published multiple research papers and a book, is the founder and co-CEO of product development company Dialexa and is now attempting to revolutionize the car dashboard with his new device Vinli.Haidar even went on to win a People's Choice Award for digitizing all the records at his home village's local municipality.Haidar started working from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. at a gas station in one of Detroit's roughest neighborhoods while he tried to figure out a way to pay for tuition at the University of Detroit Mercy.Haidar left academia and reignited his entrepreneurial spirit by launching Dialexa.However, Haidar was not satisfied with the product development industry, being of the opinion that there was not much room for growth, so he and his partner Scott Harper created Dialexa Labs.Haidar, meanwhile, is currently focused on giving back to the Lebanese community.
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