So, who is behind MOTI?
Founder and Lead Hardware and Design
Kayla is a designer, engineer, entrepreneur, and dreamer. Since her days as a double major in art and mechanical engineering at Yale University, she has always been a wearer of many hats. Starting first in design education, Kayla helped shaped the formation of the Yale Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Design and went on to become a Fellow with Design for America. She has experience mentoring dozens of design projects at the collegiate level, including teaching design thinking at Northwestern University and winning a Core77 award for a process guide on human-centered design. Transitioning into industry, she has worked both at the small consultancy and large corporation level in the consumer product and health spaces. Now, Kayla is fully enthralled with her next career chapter: building a product (and company) from the ground up.
Founder, COO, Business Development
With an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BE in Electrical Engineering with a focus on robotics, Laura brings 10+ years of tech industry experience to MOTI that includes building robots for the military, being a part of Intel's Accelerated Leadership Program and working alongside acclaimed business professor Clayton Christensen in developing prescriptive business theories with a focus on the consumer robotics industry.
Zhang comes to MOTI with a strong background in software and analysis. After his undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago in Economics and Computer Science, he applied his technical chops to the investment world at Fidelity. Nowadays, however, he is found at the Yale School of Management working towards his MBA by day and fiddling with MOTI electronics and firmware by night.
Web Development and Architecture
Ashish Kumar brings over 15 years of software and IT leadership to team MOTI. Ashish holds a Bachelors in Computer Science and a Masters in Machine Learning and Data Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Web Development Intern
Steven is a senior at UC Santa Cruz, pursuing his bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He has dabbled in a wide variety of disciplines, and aims to develop technology with an artistic view in mind. His interests involve the world of web development, particularly front-end development. As a Web Development Intern at MOTI, Steven has worked tirelessly to develop the MOTI mobile web apps and has created software for use during product demos and expos.
Advisor (Startups, Hardware)
Zach Supalla is CEO and co-founder of Particle, a venture-backed start-up that's making it easier to build internet-connected hardware (Internet of Things). Particle is the most widely-used IoT platform with a developer community of 90,000 users, and was listed as one of Fast Company's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in the Internet of Things. Zach has been featured on CNN and in WSJ, TechCrunch, Fast Company, Forbes, Fortune, Mashable, and more.
Advisor (Web Development and Artificial Intelligence)
Christopher has a PhD in machine learning from UIUC and over 25 years of R&D experience in artificial intelligence (AI), Internet technologies and the semantic web. He has worked at major research laboratories (ORNL, GTE Labs, and Bell Labs), was involved with several startups and is now an independent software consultant. He is excited to be combining his earlier interest in robotics (both at ORNL and as a T.J. Watson Fellow) with his experience implementing full-stack Web and AI applications in spearheading MOTI's software development.
Advisor (Behavioral Science)
Robin 15 years experience applying behavioral psychology through technology including Gamification, Behavior Design and Behavioral Economics. He is a former member of the Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab with Dr. BJ Fogg and founder of the first gamified, goal-achievement, social network. Previously, he started the Design Group at LeapFrog Toys and performed behavior design at Badgeville for Fortune 500’s like Kaiser, Oracle, Target, LG, Dell, Frog Design, United Healthcare, AT&T, Accenture, Deloitte, and Microsoft. He is now the founder and lead behavioral consultant at Live Neuron Labs.