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Growing the Bay Area Robotics Scene: Nine Companies to Watch
Mar 4, 2013
Silicon Valley Robotics (SVR) recently held its first Investor Breakfast at SRI headquarters in Menlo Park, with kudos from attending investors and the 10 participating early-stage companies. Part of SVR’s mission is to help nurture early-stage robotics companies in the greater Silicon Valley area.
Both a growing list of start-up robotics companies in the Bay Area and a growing number of venture capitalists, investment angels, and individuals are interested in investing in robotics. What’s needed is a forum to connect the companies with investors.
Through events like the Investor Breakfast, SVR will also begin to build more experience with robotics entrepreneurs on the team qualifications and value propositions needed to meet the criteria of the venture community.
At the same time, more investors will become familiar with the business challenges and resources needed to be successful in robotics.
Big opportunities exist in emerging personal and service robot applications—but going after them is not for the faint of heart (or faint of amazing technical and business savvy).
Presenting companies to watch include:
Redwood Robotics (an SRI joint venture)—low-cost robot arms to serve the emerging service robot market. Contact: stefan.nusser [at] redwoodrobotics.com (Stefan Nusser), CEO
Grabit, Inc. (another SRI spin-off)—materials solutions to transform efficiencies for logistics, distribution, and material handling. Contact: charlie.duncheon [at] grabitinc.com (Charlie Duncheon), CEO
Willow Garage—applying its talent and know-how to meet real needs in personal care markets from assisted living to the home. Contact: cousins [at] willowgarage.com (Steve Cousins), CEO
Momentum Machines—bringing high-quality burgers to the masses. Contact: alex [at] momentummachines.com (Alex Vardakostas), CEO
Mighty Carma—modular car tracking. Contact: sp [at] mightycarma.com (Saurabh Palan), founder
Robot App Store—an open market for robot platforms and application developers. Contact: elad [at] robotappstore.com (Elad Inbar), CEO
Revolve Robotics—Kubi desktop telepresence. Contact: marcus [at] revolverobotics.com (Marcus Rosenthal)
Barobo—reconfigurable, easy-to-use education robot platform. Contact: gryland [at] barobo.com (Graham Ryland), founder
Sun Synchrony—specialized sun tracking solar energy. Contact: m.perlin [at] sunsynchrony.com (Mark Perlin)
SRI was happy to host the event. Check in with Silicon Valley Robotics for more events like this one and to stay in touch with the growing robotics scene in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area.
Rich Mahoney, director of SRI's Robotics Program, is current president of the Silicon Valley Robotics professional association.