10 Robotics Companies to Watch in 2020

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10 Robotics Companies to Watch in 2020

By: Jon Piggins, Redfish Technology

 

Fear & apprehension have dominated the narrative around robotics for years (“Robophobia” is a clinically recognized anxiety disorder). Common concerns include the dangers & ethics regarding autonomous military machines, “job stealing” manufacturing robots, and machines that become sentient and turn on humans.

One things is for sure…Robotics applications (and associated technology; Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning/Deep Learning) are destined for ubiquity. Fortunately, there are plenty of companies working hard to leverage robotics to improve & enhance our lives…here are some of our favorite companies in the space who are doing some really cool stuff for our common good.

 

Canvas

“Pneubotics”? The inflatable robot of the movie “Big Hero 6” was based on real soft robotics research, like the kinds being experimented with at Canvas. We haven’t yet seen many inflatable robots, but they offer a number of advantages; they’re relatively inexpensive, adaptive, and they’re very easy to fix. Compared to traditional robots, they’re extraordinarily lightweight, and they pack down to a small fraction of their size once deflated. Despite their compactness, they can be strong and unexpectedly fast. Perhaps most important, they’re passively safe, since they don’t have much in the way of rigid components or the inertia that comes with them. See their robots in action HERE.

 

 

Roam

Roam is building the first commercial wearable robotic devices, called exoskeletons, to help people with mobility issues and improve how people play sports. The company’s first commercial device is a robotic exoskeleton designed to boost the skiing experience. The Elevate Ski XO is targeted toward diehard skiers who wish to ski longer and stronger while pushing the edges of what’s possible. The Elevate is also great for those who love skiing but are limited due to knee pain or muscle fatigue.

 

 

Piaggio Fast Foward

Founded in 2015 by the Piaggio Group, Piaggio Fast Forward creates lightweight, intelligent, and sustainable mobility solutions. Based in Boston, MA, the company is dedicated to helping people move better, further, faster, and more enjoyably. PFF products leverage state-of-the-art technology and design to promote more vibrant cities filled with pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters. PFF’s first product is “gita” a mobile-carrier that follows people on the go. Carrying up to 45 pounds, “gita” encourages an active lifestyle for anyone who wants to move with efficiency and ease, from millennials and parents to seniors and disabled individuals.

 

 

Dorabot

Dorabot, founded in 2014, develops automated warehouse solutions using cutting-edge AI and robotics, including computer vision, motion planning, mobility and deep learning, etc. Covering induction, sorting, transportation and loading, we provide end-to-end solutions for logistics, express, e-commerce, seaports, airports, manufacturing and other scenarios.

 

 

Sphero

Sphero invented a now world-famous app-enabled robotic ball, which is used in classrooms all over the world to teach through play. In addition to the original ball, other products include the Sphero 2.0 and the Sphero Mini as well as app-enabled racing robots named Ollie and Darkside. The company’s Sphero Edu app is a hub for programming its robots and more.

 

 

Diligent Robots

Diligent Robotics is an A.I. company creating robot assistants that empower service teams to focus on the work they care most about. They build the Artificial Intelligence that enables service robots to collaborate with people and adapt to dynamic human environments. With a founding team of social robotics experts, their robots feature mobile manipulation, social intelligence and human-guided learning capabilities. “Moxi” is their hospital robot assistant that helps clinical staff with non-patient-facing tasks, so staff have more time for patient care.

 

 

Picknik Robots

Picknik offers open source, customizable robotics solutions. Their wide array of services include motion planning, advanced inverse kinematics, real-time control, collision avoidance, custom ros integration, 2D navigation, virtual reality, robot modeling, workspace analysis machine learning and more.

 

 

Anybots

Short of being face-to-face, Anybots offers one of the most interactive forms of communication available today by providing the user a personal remote avatar that can be controlled through a simple browser-based interface, with intuitive controls allowing for a truly immersive experience. With Anybots you can instantly be immersed in a distant environment experiencing the forefront of a new class of communication called mobile telepresence, allowing you to never miss an important event, meeting, or experience again. Individuals who cannot make it to a distant location can use this robot to afford them an experience that is, geographically, out of reach, or those who are homebound could use Anybot’s robot to attend social gatherings, be they in or out-of-doors.

 

 

Makani Power

Makani is developing energy kites that use a wing tethered to a ground station to efficiently harness energy from the wind, generating electricity at utility-scale. As the kite flies autonomously in loops, rotors on the wing spin as the wind moves through them, generating electricity that is sent down the tether to the grid.

 

 

Sunfolding

Sunfolding designs and manufactures simpler solar trackers that fuel the future of smart solar and move our world forward. Sunfolding’s flagship product, the Sunfolding T29™ Single-Axis Tracker, features seriously simplified components. The Sunfolding T29 makes solar power plants easy to install and smarter to operate, with motor-free tracker rows and 95% fewer maintenance locations.

6 Tips on How to Discuss & Negotiate Salary / Compensation

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6 Tips on How to Discuss & Negotiate Salary / Compensation

By: Jon Piggins, Director of Business Development

Redfish Technology

 

The Pay Equity & Salary History regulations that are being adopted by more cities & states are making the discussion around compensation a bit tricky. Back in the “old days” a recruiter or company would simply ask “How much are you making now?” and even request W2’s to support the figures provided. The questions you’ll most likely get today are “What are your salary/compensation expectations” or “what sort of compensation range would you need to consider making a move?”.

 

While laws surrounding the topic of compensation are well intentioned as an effort to chip away at pay inequity, they have created a bit of ambiguity around the subject. As recruiters, we talk to candidates & companies about compensation all the time and here are some recommendations to help you navigate the matter, with recruiters, hiring companies or even your current employer.

 

Do your homework & Educate yourself on the market: There are plenty of compensation surveys & calculators out there…here are a few common ones we often share with our clients & candidates.

https://www.dice.com/salary-calculator
https://www.payscale.com/salary-calculator
https://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/know-your-worth.htm
https://hired.com/salary-calculator

 

Ask your recruiter: There are times when our clients have asked us to leave compensation open, but we try to nail it down to at least a range. You can also ask your recruiter…we spend every day talking to candidates, companies & each other about the current market, so any good recruiter should be able to give you a realistic estimate of someone with your experience, education, etc. is making these days…and don’t let initial figures rule anything out. We recently had a company peg their comp range at $170-$180k/yr & wound up offering someone well over $200k, but they were able to justify it because of how much our candidate was brining to the table (essentially a hire & a half).

 

Flip it: A great way to deal with questions surrounding your compensation expectations is to turn it back on your interviewer. Something like, “If it turns out that I’m the person you hire for this position, I’m sure we’d be able to reach a mutually agreeable salary, as I’m willing to be flexible. Can you give me an idea as to what the budgeted salary range is?” You’re not trying to be evasive, you’re establishing even footing & looking to have an open discussion around compensations…plus it frames things well, that you’re optimistic you’ll be able to figure things out if it turns out that there’s a fit and mutual interest.

 

OK, you’ve made it past the initial “How much do you (want to) make?” and “What does the position pay?” stage and we’re moving in the direction of an offer…here are some tips to help you across the finish line.

 

Provide context, your “why”: Its one thing to say “I need $180k to even look at something new.” Vs. “I’m really interested in what ABC Company is doing, but I’m currently at $180k with 2 kids in college & a mortgage in Mountain View, plus my Mom just moved in & we’re helping to take care of her until we find a more permanent option.”. Explaining your “why” gives context and humanizes things, so don’t be afraid to share some insight into what’s driving your compensations expectations and needs.

Be Flexible: Beyond cash, what else is important to you? e.g. Benefits, RSU’s/stock/options, opportunity, track record of the founders (have they had successful exits?), commute? Don’t forget to take a holistic view of the compensation package. We have many clients who work hard to not just remain competitive in the marketplace from a cash standpoint, but go above & beyond by offering benefits like; school or home loan pay downs, 529 education fund donations for employee’s children, and mandatory paid vacations.

 

Leverage (how to use it properly), “If-Then”: Another mistake we see is when people simply keep asking for more money to see if they can get it. Assuming you’re interested in potentially working at a company, figure out what you’d need to work there, and quantify your needs. Help your potential employer by giving them something when you’re asking them for more money, benefits, stock…it means a lot more to be able to extend and “If – Then” commitment vs. “can you increase the offer?”. It’s reciprocal, you’re giving your commitment in return for their increased offer, plus it gives your hiring manager the internal leverage to get approval for the increase…they’re not just asking for money, they’re guaranteeing a hire if the increase is approved. It goes something like this; “Based on our conversations, I believe I’ll be a good fit at “ABC Company” because of (X, Y, and Z). I know this position was slated for $150k/yr, that’s currently what I’m making. My expectation when I started looking for a new position was at least a 10% bump and if we can get to that I’m ready to give my notice, decline any counter offer & start within 2-3 weeks.”

 

Be Realistic: the Curse of the “Golden Handcuffs”: We get people coming out of the “FANGS” or other large, well established tech companies with deep pockets who say they’re bored & want in on the exciting startup world, but they want to have their cake & eat it too…they still want $350k/yr from a 20 person Series A company where the founders haven’t pulled a paycheck for 6 months. There’s a happy medium that needs to be reached & you have to be realistic about the risk-reward…and big companies aren’t always less risky. A quick way to fix a bad quarter or two @ a big company is to lay off a few thousand employees, especially the expensive ones.

 

The subject of compensation can be a touchy one and it isn’t something that most people deal with on a regular basis. However, there are plenty of ways the topic can be managed from initial conversations through to an offer. If you have any questions, or could use some help navigating the subject of “money”, please feel free to CONTACT US.

Featured opportunities this week include; Solution Engineers & Architects (Bay Area & Seattle), Developer Support Engineers (Bay Area), and a Sales Operations Specialist (Sunnyvale)

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Team Redfish Banging the Gong for New Placements!

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Team Redfish Banging the Gong for New Placements!

Sending out good karma to all of our recent placements in; Security, AI, Machine Learning, EdTech, AdTech, FinTech, HeathTech, Computer Vision & NLP. We light a candle, share some words of gratitude, and bang the gong in the name of each of our candidate placements and our clients…

Tech Trends: Data Security

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Tech Trends:

Data SecurityData Target

An exciting billion dollar sector with bleeding-edge technology and amazing career opportunities.

 

Data Security is a billion dollar issue. There’s never a shortage of date breaches and compromises, hacks and mistakes in the news. As technology permeates every nook and cranny of our lives, and devices become further interconnected, and more and more data about every aspect of consumers is stockpiled, the risks of that data being exploited malevolently multiply.

 

Web business have been especially hard-hit: Ebay was hacked and had 145,000,000 records stolen this year Read more »

Redfish Technology Recruiters Rock ‘n’ Roll the Vegas Marathons

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Redfish Technology Recruiters Rock ‘n’ Roll the Vegas MarathonsRedfish in Vegas

 

On November 17, 2013 Vegas trembled with the pounding feet of a school of Redfish Technology recruiters: Five Redfish participated in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series events. Redfish recruiters rock high tech recruiting nationwide when not engaging in physical challenges.

 

Logan Knight & Leah O'Flynn

Logan Knight & Leah O’Flynn

Coursing down the strip and by the famous sites, the Redfish ran through a city they previously had seen little of in the light of day. Live, local bands serenaded the racers and cheer squads lining the course propelled them toward the finish, where medals, swag, and entertainment awaited the fleet footed fish.

 

“I rocked Vegas,” revealed Leah O’Flynn. Having successfully run the Sun Valley Half Marathon, Leah had set a new goal of running a full marathon in Vegas. “Each time I run, it is the farthest I’ve ever run in my life. – It’s always a new record.”

 

Logan Knight

Logan Knight

Logan Knight was winner of “The Run Off” held earlier this year, a race from the city of Hailey to the city Bellevue, finishing at Mahoney’s Bar & Grill for festivities. “I decided I had better up my training for the half marathon,” reported Logan. He has been playing basketball, “I attribute my awesome race time to the hoops I shot the night before.”

 

Heidi Clark & Rob Reeves

Heidi Clark & Rob Reeves

“We did it for humanity and free beer,” stated Rob Reeves, CEO at Redfish Technology. Rob had been on a strict diet and training regime for months and was ready for a beer. “But seriously was the beer free?”

 

“This was all about sacrifice and discipline,” voiced Heidi Clark, a veteran Race to Robie Creek runner. “Coincidentlay the same two virtues needed to stay and shop at the Bellagio, and I’d do it again. After all it was just a ‘half’ marathon.”

 

Jon Piggins, had been carb loading for the last four months, preparing to survive the half marathon. “I’m not sure how this happened but I somehow got my arm twisted and wow, now it’s all twisted. But it was a great experience, a new achievement for sure!”

Jon Piggins & Chewbacca

Jon Piggins & Chewbacca

 

 

 

Full Marathon Results
OvrPl Bib Name City, State Time
1067 18075 Leah O’Flynn Ketchum, ID 4:15:04
Half Marathon Results
OvrPl Bib Name City, State Time
1501 12714 Heidi Reeves Hailey, ID 1:51:43
2968 12715 Rob Reeves Hailey, ID 1:59:43
3967 19831 Logan Knigh Hailey, ID 2:04:15
15259 28290 Jon Piggins Hailey, ID 2:52:30

 

Redfish Technology is a high-energy, professional group of expert headhunters. In addition to looking for fun challenges on the golf course and down the Vegas strip, and whenever the occasion arises, the Redfish recruiters also provide talent acquisition and hiring advice, as well as career and job search guidance. Check the Redfish blogs for weekly articles on tech trends, talent acquisition, career building, and recruiting news.

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About Redfish Technology – www.redfishtech.com

 

Nationwide High Tech professional and executive search firm, Redfish Technology provides full service recruiting, partnering with leading organizations to win the tech talent war. Redfish has been recognized in the Forbes “2011 Investment Guide” as a top recruiter out of more than 7,500 executive search firms and staffing agencies, and was awarded #1 in the Best Places to Work in Idaho contest in 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

Redfish Technology Inc. Acquires DICE.com in Surprise Move

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Redfish Technology Inc. Acquires DICE.com in Surprise MoveRedfish Technology Acquires Dice.com - Poisson d'avril

 

Completely unforeseen by industry analysts, Redfish Technology pulls off a surprise acquisition of Dice.com. Redfish will now offer even more extraordinary value to both candidates and client technology companies.

 

April 1, 2013 – Sun Valley, ID / Milpitas, CA / Newport, RI

 

Redfish Technology, Inc. (NYSE:RED), a leading nationwide recruiting company focused in the high tech and cleantech sectors, announced today that it has acquired Dice.com from Dice Holdings, Inc. This acquisition marks Redfish’s expansion into the career website market.

 

“Dice Holdings approached me last quarter about acquiring Redfish Technology,” reported Rob Reeves, President and CEO of Redfish Technology. “Redfish’s growing number of clients and the increasing hiring made us a logical complement to the voluminous technology talent that Dice encompasses.” Read more »

CleanTech/High Tech Trends: Startup Hiring & Retention Struggles

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Startup Outlook 2013-SVB

Startup Outlook 2013 – Silicon Valley Bank

CleanTech/High Tech Trends: Start Up Hiring & Retention Struggles, Silicon Bank Survey Reports

Hiring and Retention of Tech Talent is a Challenge.

 

“Every time I meet with a group of tech company CEOs they say the same thing: hiring world-class talent is one of their biggest challenges. They struggle to find, attract and retain the engineering, scientific and technical talent they need to grow their businesses.” – Greg Becker, President and Chief Executive Officer, Silicon Valley Bank.[plus1 count=”true” size=”standard”][/plus1]

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