They're Romotive, a team of nerds obsessed with building an affordable, fun personal robot. By combining smartphones with a mobile base, they create robots that do awesome things (telepresence, autonomous navigation, machine vision). Their first product, Romo, is an iDevice-powered robot that lets you video chat with anyone, anywhere in the world. You can customize Romo’s behavior through a graphical programming interface that's n00b-friendly. Teaching their bot new behaviors is easy - just update the app. Their investors believe they’ll change the world by putting a robot in every home in America. They’re well funded by SV Angel/Ron Conway, Mike Arrington, Chris Dixon, and Stanford University. Last summer they started in TechStars Seattle. Their mission is simple: build awesome robots that make normal peoples' lives better.

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Jan. 16, 2016

Surprise! YC is the top accelerator for getting VC funding

And, would you believe it, Y Combinator is, by far, the biggest accelerator out there. So why do these three, and Y Combinator in particular, see so much action? While these are the three top accelerators, it's basically Y Combinator and then everybody else, because, of course. There are three accelerators we all think of right away: Y Combinator, 500 Startups and Techstars. The biggest investor in companies to come out of 500 Startups was SoftTech VC, which has made 10 investments, including Popout, BetterDoctor,, StyleSeat and NewHound.

Dec. 8, 2015

Research and Markets: Global Programmable Robots Market Worth USD 2381.5 Million by 2020 - Analysis, Trends, Technologies & Forecast 2015-2020

The global programmable robots market is expected to be worth USD 2,381.5 Million by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 14.94% between 2015 to 2020. This programmable robots market report includes the detailed analysis of market dynamics, Porter's five forces model, value chain, competitive landscape, and market scenario during the forecast period. The report profiles the key players in the programmable robots market with their respective market share analysis. The Porter's five forces framework has been applied for the analysis of the programmable robots market. Key Topics Covered:Analysis of the programmable robots market which has been segmented based on component, application, and geography.

May 21, 2014

Gigaom This cloud-equipped factory wants to be the go-to manufacturer for small hardware startups

Right now, early-stage hardware startups commonly build their products by hand. AdvertisementAdvertisement“When we’re building Factorli, we’re looking at how do we build an operating system that will run the whole factory,” McCabe said. … There are huge costs that you just don’t account for.”AdvertisementMcCabe’s newest venture, Factorli, is meant to solve those manufacturing barriers that haunt even the best hardware startups. McCabe said the factory will be capable of producing basically anything made out of plastic, metal and a circuit board. When demand outstrips what they can do in house, they begin the process of outsourcing the work to a factory.

March 14, 2014

Gigaom VegasTechFund’s Jen McCabe on the future of hardware

AdvertisementAdvertisementToday, she’s interested in making starting a hardware company as easy as a software company. But when the Romotive team decided to move to San Francisco, she stayed behind in Las Vegas and joined VegasTechFund. “Don’t want to wait on promising hardware companies. But VegasTechFund, which has invested in companies like littleBits, Whill and Scanadu over the last six months, is confidently moving ahead with adding hardware companies to its portfolio. Her current mountain is at VegasTechFund, a Las Vegas investment fund where McCabe oversees seed and early stage investments in hardware like robots, drones and connected devices.

Feb. 13, 2013

Gigaom Playtime for tech at the Toy Fair (photos)

There are plush toys, dancing plush toys, building sets and dolls. For example, I was charmed by shelves of Android robot plush toys (from $10 to $43) from Gann Memorials, a company in North Carolina. AdvertisementAdvertisementThere were also tech toys for babies with iPads, such as Tiggly, a puzzle game to help toddlers recognize shapes. AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd the $90 for the LittleBits toys that have been dubbed the next-generation of LEGOs had me ready to plunk down my credit card. And as I wondered how tech toys might do in the bigger market outside the geeks and early adopters, I got a reality check from a fellow blogger who writes for the parenting site Babble.

Oct. 17, 2012

Turn Your iPhone into a Robot With Romo [VIDEO]

Users simply dock their iPhone 4, 4S or fourth-generation iPod Touch into a mobile robotic base, and use another mobile device to drive him. Created by Romotive, Romo has an iOS brain, according to the company's Kickstarter page. SEE ALSO: Create Your Own Robot Using This Multiplo Kit [VIDEO]This isn't the first time that Romo has been introduced to the public. Enter Romo, a pint-sized personal bot that combines the brain power of a smartphone and the wheels of a radio-controlled car. Correction, 10/20/12 5:55PMThis article has been edited to reflect the following correction: Romo is currently in version 3.0, not version 2.0, as previously stated.

July 19, 2012

Gigaom 5 Las Vegas startups you need to know

Just about a year into a concerted effort to build a technology scene in Las Vegas, startups of all types are already forming in Las Vegas and moving to the city. Last weekend, in fact, SuperNAP data center operator Switch Communications hosted the second-annual Startup Weekend Las Vegas. RomotiveAdvertisementRomotive, with its vision to fuse the worlds of smartphones and robotics, might be one of the coolest consumer-tech companies around, not just in Las Vegas. Switch actually has its own venture fund, too, as well as multiple programs designed to bring high-tech jobs to the city. AdvertisementIt’s also not alone in this space, as startups such as Storific and Tabula are also trying to use smartphones to streamline the ordering process.

Feb. 24, 2012

Gigaom How startup life is different when you’re building stuff, not apps

I recently visited the headquarters of two Las Vegas startups, Romotive and Walls 360, that are busy making their own stuff. However, because individual orders are printed on demand, Campbell said the plan is to let customers upload their own images and have Walls 360 print them. Las Vegas gave it both. Advertisement[slideshow]AdvertisementEat, sleep, build robotsAdvertisementFor Romotive, one of the startups that Zappos’ (s amzn) CEO Tony Hsieh has lured to Las Vegas, life is definitely interesting right now. Walk into the office of a startup that’s creating physical products, and it’s a different experience.

Feb. 17, 2012

Gigaom For startups, Las Vegas is a beautifully clean slate

If one really wants to call Hsieh’s Las Vegas startup effort an incubator, it’s only in the loosest sense. AdvertisementReality checkAdvertisementAdvertisementDespite the optimism of the startups that now call Las Vegas home, though, there are some very real institutional challenges. For companies headquartered in Las Vegas to hire without having to convince candidates to up and move to a new city, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas might have to become the city’s own feeder system. AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd when companies get the employees they want, being in Las Vegas should make it easier to keep them. AdvertisementFeature image by Derrick Harris; Las Vegas population map courtesy of Data Pointed.

Feb. 16, 2012

Gigaom An inside look at the high-tech awakening in Las Vegas

Anyone who cares to contribute an idea can weigh in on what downtown Las Vegas needs. AdvertisementIndeed, something is brewing in Las Vegas, and it’s just getting started. AdvertisementOther startups in Las Vegas include Walls360 (which counts Guy Kawasaki among its investors),, Tracky and GarageGames. I live in Las Vegas, and have since 2006. AdvertisementUp next: Why startups are moving to Las Vegas, why they love it and how they plan to overcome the city’s technological shortcomings.