Marco is an entrepreneur, AI & Robotics engineer, Inventor, and occasional investor living in San Francisco.
He is CEO and co-founder (co-founded with NASA Astronaut Dan Barry, Tasha McCauley, James Fan and others) 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 is the inventor of the robots OSHbot, NAVii, and LoweBot (Lowe's Robot), the first fully autonomous customer service and inventory management robots that have been deployed with multiple Fortune 500 Co's; leading to multi-million dollar contracts with some of the largest companies in the world in retail, factories and data centers (Lowe's, Toyota, Sam's (Walmart), Johnson & Johnson, Actapio (Yahoo! Japan), BevMo, etc).
- He started and grew Fellow AI (FKA Fellow Robots) from a small lab at NASA Research Park to the creation and deployment of multiple robots and AI software with some of the largest Co's in retail, manufacturing, healthcare and data centers.
- He has raised over $8,400,000 from multiple Silicon Valley investors, Tencent and one of the world largest OEMs.
- He was named by Forbes as a the 30 under 30 and by MIT as Top Innovator under 35.
- He is the creator of an open source COVID-19 ventilator. The project went viral and has been helping over 200 teams around the world. More info below. Here's the story covered by the BBC.
- He (and his work) have been featured in WSJ, New York Times, Bloomberg, IEEE, Discovery Channel, MIT Technology Review, Forbes, Nikkei, and others (see below).
- He is the former director of the Innovation Lab and former Robotics & AI 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. In his undergrad, he consitently had the best grades in Physics, Electronics, Math and programming. He graduated as second best GPA with Cum Laude honors.
- 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.
Here are some of the public projects Marco has worked on.
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).
- Coding & developer tools.
- Advanced sensors and electronics.
- Automation (software bots and robots).