“A potential investor said I didn’t look like a tech CEO. At first I was upset. But then I felt sorry for him. He certainly missed out on my business.”
FE TCH ROBOTICS
From manufacturing to delivering
a product to a customer’s doorstep,
the race for ever more efficiency
is fierce. Wise’s autonomous, mobile
robots make it easier to find, track,
and move items around warehouses
and factories. As they haul things,
the robots are also gathering useful
data about everything around them.
“We use that data to tell people
about the inside of their facilities,”
Wise explains. Understanding where
there’s congestion, for instance, is
powerful information for a warehouse
manager. A mechanical-engineering
PhD and founder of a previous
robotics startup, Wise has led San
Jose, California–based Fetch Robotics
since shortly after its founding
in 2014. In July, Fetch raised
$46 million in venture capital, bringing its total funding to $94 million.
This year, it also landed a major new
client, Universal Logistics, which uses
Fetch-designed robots to move car
parts around the Nissan plant in
Smyrna, Tennessee, the largest auto
factory in North America. Fetch has
several hundred robots deployed
in 19 countries, and Wise is excited
about expanding in Europe.
Through shared “solar
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can’t afford or aren’t set
up for their own panels.
Google hired her when
she was 19. Other companies now hire her
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