About

About2018-10-02T00:35:06+00:00

Who we are

Cobalt fills an important gap in the spectrum of existing security solutions.

At one end of the spectrum are manned security guards; they are amicable and responsive but can be expensive and underutilized during uneventful night shifts—a quintessentially dull task. At the other end is security technology such as cameras and access control—cheap and reliable, but unable to respond to nuanced situations and are frequently only used in after-the-fact investigations.

Jeff Bezos with the Cobalt robot, CEO Travis Deyle, and Robotics Engineer Survy Vaish at MARS 2018.

Cobalt’s Security Service combines advances in autonomous cars, machine learning, anomaly detection, and 2-way telepresence to allow a remote guard to be in many locations at once—providing high-level human intelligence, rapid situational awareness, real-time responsiveness, and perfect accountability—enabling security personnel to be in the right location at the right time, and at a compelling price point.

Cobalt’s Security Service combines advances in autonomous cars, machine learning, anomaly detection, and 2-way telepresence to allow a remote guard to be in many locations at once—providing high-level human intelligence, rapid situational awareness, real-time responsiveness, and perfect accountability—enabling security personnel to be in the right location at the right time, and at a compelling price point.

Major Investors

Dr. Travis Deyle
Dr. Travis DeyleCEO / Co-founder
Travis earned his PhD in Robotics from Georgia Tech, building some of the first mobile robots to operate in homes. He was among the MIT Tech Review Top Innovators under 35 in 2015.
Erik Schluntz
Erik SchluntzCTO / Co-founder
Named one of Forbes 30 under 30 in 2018, Erik earned an MS in electrical engineering from Harvard University and has worked on special projects for both Google[x] and SpaceX.

Founders

Cobalt was founded by roboticists Dr. Travis Deyle and Erik Schluntz. They introduced an original approach to advancing the physical security industry. After talking with industry experts and facilities professionals about the tools they use and why, Cobalt saw an opportunity to build a solution that seamlessly merged hardware, software, and people. The resulting robot is part of a more extensive, integrated service that both protects and interacts seamlessly with people in their workplace.

In just 12 months, Cobalt went from idea to paid robot deployments. Now, Cobalt helps safeguard company facilities, culture, real estate, data, employees, and more. We are continuing to expand our services to further support facility needs and services for employees and building occupants.

The Team

Rion Angeles
Rion AngelesOperations
Rion has over 7 years experience in technical program management for companies such as Google[x]. He earned an MS in predictive analytics from Northwestern University.
Edmond B. Atto
Edmond B. AttoSoftware Engineer
Edmond is a software engineer specializing in Full Stack Web Development. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Makerere University.
Peregrine Badger
Peregrine BadgerProduct Engineering
Peregrine has a background in computer science and studied at Harvard University. As Cobalt’s first employee, he has also managed Cobalt robots for over 1,400 hours.
Sean Bordley
Sean BordleyEngineering
Sean has several years experience in procurement, manufacturing, and design working as a Production Designer. He studied Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara.
Paul Carroll
Paul CarrollSoftware Engineering
Paul comes from Google[x], where he engineered autonomous navigation systems for high-altitude balloons. He studied computer science and history at Stanford University.
Dennis Cui
Dennis CuiSoftware Engineering
Dennis’ background is in computer science and product management for the entertainment industry. He earned a BS in computer science from Harvard College.
Joshua Dean
Joshua DeanEngineering
Josh is currently studying mechanical engineering at De Anza College. He has a background in car and motorcycle mechanics, as well as building computers.
Penina Finger
Penina FingerDesign
Penina has an extensive background in design for both traditional and digital media, and has overseen projects ranging from boutique to Fortune 500.
Bogdan Haiducu
Bogdan HaiducuEngineering
Bogdan has over 6 years of experience helping customers succeed with technical solutions for companies such as Stripe and NI. He studied Computer Engineering and Spanish at UIUC.
Robert Hall
Robert HallSoftware Engineering
Robert is a software engineer specializing in frontend web development, with a background in design and 3D animation.
Betty Liu
Betty LiuChief of Staff
Betty has a background in product management for the medical device industry. She earned an MS in biomedical engineering from Duke University.
Angela Martin
Angela MartinCommunications
Angela joined Cobalt via Bloomberg Beta where she provided public relations support for many of the top startups. She previously studied journalism at University of Idaho.
Mark McCourt
Mark McCourtSales & Business Development
Mark founded the Security 500 and Viakoo and was vice president at Allied Universal Integrated Technology. He chairs SIA’s Autonomous Security Robots working group.
Praneet Nandakumar
Praneet NandakumarRobot Specialist
With over 1,000 hours experience managing Cobalt robots, Praneet has a background in technical support and currently studies biological sciences at De Anza College.
Shiloh Nordby
Shiloh NordbyRobot Specialist
Shiloh has over 1,400 hours of experience remotely managing Cobalt robots. He has a background in customer service and studied applied mathematics at UCSB.
Michael O’Kelly
Michael O’KellySoftware Engineering
Michael is a data scientist and machine learning expert. He earned a PhD in biophysics from MIT and has worked on special research projects at the South Pole.
Nick Olson
Nick OlsonSales
Nick has several years of technical sales experience, including selling a humanoid robot focused on communication and engagement.
Alejandro Ramirez
Alejandro RamirezMechanical Engineering
Alejandro studied mechanical engineering and management at Bucknell University. He has previously worked on clean energy and automation projects.
Lynn Risinger
Lynn RisingerRobot Specialist
Lynn has over 1,000 hours experience remotely managing Cobalt robots. She studied history at University of Oregon and has a background in customer service.
Melanie Sharr
Melanie SharrRobot Specialist
Melanie is one of our newest Specialists. She has a background in customer service and earned an MA in Fine Arts from San Jose State University.
Mark Streeter
Mark StreeterMechanical Engineering
Mark studied aerospace engineering at Georgia Tech, and has over 10 years experience in precision engineering with aeronautics companies such as Gulf Stream and Lockheed Martin.
Survy Vaish
Survy VaishRobotics Engineering
Survy comes from the medical robotics industry where he helped engineer the first FDA approved robotic-assisted dental implant system. He studied computer engineering at Georgia Tech.
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