Solving problems with startups, software, robots and applied AI.
Marco is an entrepreneur, AI & Robotics engineer, and occasional investor living in San Francisco. He is co-founder & CEO of Fellow AI (FKA Fellow Robots), a VC-backed, Silicon Valley-based AI/robotics company revolutionizing the supply chain automation of with the use of software automation, robotics and ML.
Marco sits on advisory boards for some startups and occasionally invests in some.
- He started and grew Fellow Robots from a small lab at NASA Research Park to the creation of the first autonomous customer service and inventory management robots (OSHbot, NAVii, and LoweBot, in collaboration with Lowe's stores and other Fortune 50 Co's), which has led to multiple deployments and multi-million dollar contracts with some of the largest companies in the world in retail, factories and data centers.
- He was named by Forbes as a the 30 under 30 and by MIT as an Innovator Under 35. - He has raised over $8,400,000 from multiple Silicon Valley investors, Tencent and one of the world largest OEMs.
- He (and his work) have been featured in WSJ, New York Times, Bloomberg, IEEE, Discovery Channel, MIT Technology Review, Forbes, Nikkei, and others. - He is the creator of an open source COVID-19 ventilator. The project went viral and has helped over 200 teams around the world. Here's the story covered by the BBC. - He is the former director of the Innovation Lab and former faculty of Singularity University at NASA Research Park. - At the age of 21, he joined BMW Research & Innovation Center in Munich to engineer concept cars. His designs come in the 2014 production car series.
- He has developed multiple robots, AI models, and software products used by some of the largest Fortune 500 Companies that have been sold with multi-million dollar contracts.
- He built a nuclear exploration autonomous Robot due to the Fukushima Accident, and an autonomous wheelchair robot for disabled people at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology, Japan.
- He started programming and building robots at age 11.
- He has author of multiple patents on Robotics, Computer Vision, AI, sensors, and automation. More than 8 of his patents can be found here.
- The transistor and Internet have been some of the most impactful inventions in the world.
- The world is becoming more automated quicker. Bots (software) and robots will work for humans more, but this is a hard concept to grasp today (in a positive way). Most of it is happening behind the scenes.
- Software will keep eating the world for a long time. It's just the beginning (even though it doesn't seem like).
- AI is the automation of software development, and AGI is the automation of a collective human brain. - Most services in the world will become an API.
- The world is getting better (Net), but our amygdala in the brain focuses & amplifies the problems.
Originally when we started Fellow Robots, we developed multiple versions of telepresence robots.
KuruRobo - Autonomous wheelchair Developed an autonomous wheelchair robot for disabled people while I was doing Computer Vision research at the Kanazawa Institute of Japan.
Nuclear Exploration Robot Autonomous humanoid exploration robot in Japan due to the Fukushima accident. IREX 2011
Exploration Rover Developed an exploration rover for search and rescue in nataral distasters. Project was developed at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology
Kanzawa Institute of Technology - AI and Robotics Lab
Electrathon Competition (2009)
High efficiency, high speed, electric vehicle.
First place in best design
Marco builds, advises and invests in startups/projects that are solving problems that he is personally interested in solving. Specifically projects that make humanity better.
- He is passionate about democratizing technology access/creation. More and more people should be able to develop new products without the need of deep tech knowledge. - He is passionate about the "API-fication" of the world. Every service and product in the digital and physical world should be accessible through APIs. Great business are yet to be built around setting the "plumbing" of the Internet.
- Tools that allow people to create content easier. The beginning of this was YouTube, Instagram. Today is TikTok, Substack, Twitch, Taobao Live, etc. - Space Robotics (for exploration, manufacturing and mining).
- Advanced manufacturing (the robots that make the robots).
- Computer Vision applications.
- AI and AGI development, but more specifically applied AI (solving today's problems).