Photo: Kane Hsieh
Romotive is a 10-15 person shop in Las Vegas that’s turning smart phones into affordable robots.CEO Keller Rinaudo attended Harvard and he’s actively recruiting top talent to join the little-known team.
Romotive is one of the best new startups to work for. It’s innovative and it is attracting interest from major companies like Disney, Mattel and Apple. LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman has ordered two of the robots, alongside 2,000 other people on Kickstarter. Romotive is operating on $1.5 million raised from impressive angel investors like TechStars’ David Cohen and Dave Tisch, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, and others.
But the Ivy League students Rinaudo is recruiting have a lot of other employment options. So Rinaudo has to wow them.
To win them over, Rinaudo uses the Romotive’s team, culture, and tight connections with its investors.
Rinaudo recently flew out one MIT and two Harvard seniors to Las Vegas. They spent the week building robots and partying with Romotive’s team of 20-somethings. The three potential hires were given a hands on glimpse of what life could be like post-graduation.
On the last night of the visit, Rinaudo took one of the Harvard seniors who already had a another great job offer to dinner with Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh and a couple Apple executives. He’ll be joining the company to write software for the robots in June.