About

About 2018-04-17T17:11:53+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

Pablo Aguilar
Pablo AguilarRobot Specialist
Pablo has experience in leadership and conflict resolution working in customer service and management roles. He is currently studying Latin American studies and sociology.
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.
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.
Will Catron
Will CatronCustomer Success
Will has a background in operations focusing on process improvement, analytics, and marketing. He has helped successful startups rapidly grow and scale.
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.
Betty Liu
Betty LiuBusiness Operations
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.
Andrew Nelson
Andrew NelsonEngineering
Andrew has extensive experience in hardware engineering for companies such as Google[x]. He studied electrical engineering and computer science at University of Washington.
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.
Kevin Ramani
Kevin RamaniSales
Kevin was a founding member of Close.io and has 10 years of experience profitably scaling sales teams. He is a mentor and advisor to several fast-growing startups.
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 our newest pilot. 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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