Meet Our Team

The team is the combination of experienced data scientists, hardware/software engineers, and former executive of top-tier corporations. Multiple members in the founding team have built and sold the successful businesses. Our deep understanding of software, hardware integration, and AI gives us the advantages in this space.
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Co-founder & CEO
Jay Hsueh

Jay started his career as an NXP semiconductor engineer in advanced circuit design. Before Roby, Jay built and sold his first startup, which used AI and computer vision to recommend music to users based on their emotions. Jay holds a masters degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

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Co-founder & CTO
Ben Ries

Ben comes to Roby from Coursera, where he managed the product services engineering efforts. Sharing the same passion for AI and startups as Jay, along with his prior experience with AI assistants led to the foundation of Roby. Ben holds a masters degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Southern California and is a graduate from Draper University.

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Chief Product Officer
Hernan Alvarez

Hernan brings more that 23 years of experience building successful teams, companies and products. Before Roby, Hernan served as Director of Private Cloud at IBM through the acquisition of Blue Box where he was Chief Product Officer. Before that, he lead Operations for HP Cloud and held leadership positions in several startups with successful exits.

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Chief Operating Officer
Dennis Hsueh

Dennis joins Roby from semiconductor startup, Artilux where he was CEO and co-founder. with startups and business development experience. Before his startup journey, Dennis served as product marketing manager and engineer at Maxim Integrated. Dennis holds a masters degree in Material Science from Stanford University.

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Head of Machine Learning
Yad Konrad

Yad is a well known independent researcher with USF, UCSF, OpenAI and Google as well as contributor to Tensorflow, Keras and Ruby On Rails. Before Roby, he led engineering for Draper University online schools. Yad holds a bachelor degree in Computer Science from the American University of Iraq and is a graduate from Draper University.

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Head of Business Development
Chih-Chuan Lin

Lin adds his 10 years of international business development to drive growth in APAC. He has worked at several leading multinational companies including Mitsubishi Corporation and DKSH. Lin holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the National Taiwan University.

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Software Engineer
Justin Wang

Justin joins Roby with a strong background in both software and hardware systems. Before, Justin worked at NXP Semiconductors an as engineer in embedded systems and circuit design. Justin holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University California Berkeley and a masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

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UI Designer
Kuan Jun Tien

Kuan Jun's adds his five years of design experience to Roby. Before Roby, he had won the Lexus product design award and Lotus Price design award in Taiwan. Kuan Jun holds a masters degree in Industrial Design from the Shih Chien University in Taiwan.

Our Advisors

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External Board Member
Sachio Semmoto

Dr. Semmoto has founded several successful international companies including KDDI and eAccess. Dr. Semmoto has also held board positions with Softbank, Sega, New Zealand Telecom, NetApp and Reuters among many others. Dr. Semmoto received his bachelor's degree from Kyoto University and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Florida.

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Techical Advisor
John Avery

John currently leads an engineer group at the Panasonic Innovation Center focused on deep-learning with advanced automotive technology. John also serves as board member of Georgia Tech Applied Research Corporation. Before that, John built and advised many successful startups across embedded systems, mobile, networking, software, big data and AI.

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Advisor
Kuan Hsu

Kuan Hsu is the co-founder and general partner of KK Fund. Kuan obtained an MBA/MA joint degree from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and became an investment banker with Goldman Sachs before becoming a venture capitalist responsible for GREE Ventures’ Southeast Asian operations.

Our Investors

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2020, a technology investment fund partnered with Foxconn
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Amazon Alexa Fund
Roby is a Techstars 2018 Company
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