Freeing Roboticists from Developing Cloud Infrastructure

Jim Adler
Jim Adler
Jul 23, 2019 · 2 min read
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Robots are moving beyond science-project prototypes and proof-of-concept pilots, providing real value to society. But that growth brings scaling challenges and opportunities for managing, supporting, and developing fleets of robots.

For example, one of the opportunities is cloud robotics, which allows multiple robots to share processing and analytical resources in the cloud. This highly-connected architecture holds the key to efficiently moving from individual robots operating in isolation to interconnected fleets that can learn from each other. As robots move into our everyday lives, the winning providers will demand a fresh approach to scale — which is why I’m excited to announce our investment in Freedom Robotics.

Based in San Francisco, Freedom Robotics is creating a powerful, easy-to-use robotics management software platform. Freedom’s team is dedicated to answering some of the toughest questions in robot development and cloud learning at scale. We are thrilled to welcome them into the Toyota AI Ventures portfolio.

Freedom’s cloud-based solution provides a software-centric way of managing, monitoring, and controlling fleets of robots — and installs with just one line of code. Their platform provides a host of powerful integrations with other developer tools, platforms, and services that teams already use — eliminating the need to develop layers of the stack from scratch. They are also creating new ways for roboticists to rapidly iterate and scale next-generation robotics products. We were especially impressed by the company’s emphasis on delighting customers with a low-friction, fast ramp to value, resulting in impressive market traction even at its early stage.

This insightful and customer-centric approach to cloud robots is what attracted us to the Freedom Robotics founding team — Joshua Wilson, Hans Lee, Dimitri Onistsuk, Alex Cutting, and Jonathan Tran — earlier this year. The company’s name, Freedom Robotics, is a nod to freeing roboticists from the heavy lift of developing infrastructure for cloud learning and communications. Joshua and his team have the inspiration and are committing the perspiration needed to unleash roboticists for their next generation of innovations.

As with all our investments, our team will support Freedom Robotics as partners and advisors on their startup journey. Read more about Freedom Robotics’ $6.6M seed funding round, which includes lead investor Initialized Capital, along with Liquid 2 Ventures and S28 Capital. As they grow their current team, keep an eye out for open positions at Freedom Robotics on our Toyota AI Ventures Talent Network.

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Jim Adler

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Jim Adler

entrepreneur · investor · executive · data geek · privacy thinker · former rocket engineer · on twitter @jim_adler

Toyota AI Ventures

Toyota AI Ventures is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage startups in the areas of artificial intelligence, cloud, data, autonomy, mobility, and robotics.

Jim Adler

Written by

Jim Adler

entrepreneur · investor · executive · data geek · privacy thinker · former rocket engineer · on twitter @jim_adler

Toyota AI Ventures

Toyota AI Ventures is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage startups in the areas of artificial intelligence, cloud, data, autonomy, mobility, and robotics.

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