We’re building on decades of scientific research to make artificial intelligence accessible to everyone. We are dedicated to bringing consumer robotics into everyday life.

Founders

Boris Sofman, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, CEO

Boris Sofman, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, CEO

As an engineer and researcher with experience in building diverse robotic systems — from consumer products to off-road autonomous vehicles and bomb-disposal robots — Boris is making it his life’s work to create products that people would not expect to be possible. He earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. Boris is an avid tennis player, but finds that Anki doesn’t allow him to play nearly as often as he’d like.

Speciality: Perception & Planning for Autonomous Vehicle Navigation

Mark Palatucci, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer

Mark Palatucci, Ph.D.

Co-Founder, Chief Product Officer

Mark wants to create products that truly surprise and excite people. Before co-founding Anki, Mark was the founding-CEO and principal engineer at Copera, an embedded systems and mobile software company. Prior to that, Mark held engineering and research positions at Google and Intel. He earned a B.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania and both a M.S. and Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Mark finds that flying airplanes gives him a thrilling excuse not to check his email.

Speciality: Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition & Brain Computer Interfaces

Hanns Tappeiner

Co-Founder, President

Hanns Tappeiner

Co-Founder, President

Hanns is passionate about creating products he always wanted but didn’t exist. He has worked extensively at refining the connections between operator and robot, developing deeper senses of feel and control. Hanns has designed robotics across the globe for companies in Germany, Italy, Austria and the US. Hanns studied at the University of Technology in Vienna before earning an M.S. in Robotics from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. On the weekend, Hanns is probably working or outdoors somewhere with his motorcycle.

Speciality: Electromechanical & Control Systems

Team

Patrick De Neale

VP, Business Development & Corporate Strategy

Patrick De Neale

VP, Business Development & Corporate Strategy

Patrick began working in robotics as a strategy advisor at Samsung where he developed applications for autonomous robots. He later joined Neato Robotics where he worked on the design and development of the award-winning Neato XV-11, and was recognized by The Wall Street Journal for his work in robotics. He earned a B.S. from Cornell University and a M.B.A. and M. Eng. from the University of California, Berkeley. When he’s not finding ways for robotics to enrich human experiences, Patrick is disappearing off beaten tracks, eating dishes prepared on sundry vehicles, and trying to keep pace with his twin daughters.

Tami Bhaumik

VP, Marketing

Tami Bhaumik

VP, Marketing

Tami has over 20 years’ experience building consumer technology brands. She has led marketing at Creative Labs, Sling Media, maker of the Slingbox, Raycer Graphics (acquired by Apple) and Ooma, and has years of experience with top-tier advertising agencies. Tami was an advisory board member for International CES from 2005-2009 and was awarded the CES Innovation Award for the most Impactful presence at CES 2006 for Slingbox. Tami earned a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Tami has a great passion for cooking, F1 racing, and spending time with her family.

Gabriel Hebert

VP, Operations

Gabriel Hebert

VP, Operations

Gabe has a broad background in global supply chain management, manufacturing operations, and customer support. Prior to joining Anki, he held manufacturing and supply chain executive posts at Calix, Proxim Wireless, Rhapsody Networks (acquired by Brocade), CoSine Communications, and MaxStrat (acquired by Sun Microsystems). He earned a B.A. from Saint Mary’s College and a CPIM from APICS. Gabe’s expertise in quality and efficiency has yet to improve his golf game, but that’s the furthest thing from his mind when he’s with his granddaughter.

Mark Williams

VP, Sales

Mark Williams

VP, Sales

Mark is a passionate and seasoned sales executive with a strong record of putting new technologies on the map.  Mark was part of the founding team of Pure Digital Technologies, the maker of the Flip Video camcorder.  Prior to Anki, Mark also held sales and business development roles at Sega, Cisco and Kobo. Mark is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and an avid outdoor enthusiast who loves traveling and ordering the strangest thing on the menu.

Board Members

Boris Sofman

Mark Palatucci

Hanns Tappeiner

Marc Andreessen, Co-Founder and Partner, Andreessen Horowitz

Danny Rimer, Partner, Index Ventures

A Few of Our Investors

We work hand-in-hand with our investors to build a world-class company that delivers inspired consumer robotics products.

Contact

Interested in Anki or our mission of bringing artificial intelligence to consumer products? We’d love to hear from you.