Today I am delighted to help unveil the best robotics startup I have ever seen — Anki.
Andreessen Horowitz has been the main venture investor in Anki, which has been operating in stealth mode until today, since February 2012. Keeping my mouth shut about this company for 16 months has been one of the hardest things I have had to do since we started our firm!
Anki is one of those companies that has an exciting story on top and then a profound story underneath.
The exciting story is melding robotics, AI, hardware, and software into a new kind of entertainment experience. Playing Anki Drive, their first product, is a delight for people of any age — it’s amazing to see fully autonomous robot cars in high-speed races, making thousands of independent decisions per second, maneuvering and competing, in ways never before possible. Your jaw drops.
The profound story is that it is finally time to bring robotics and AI out of the lab and into everyday life. The Anki team brings the kind of engineering and science normally focused on multi-million-dollar industrial and military robots into the home — controlled by your iPhone. There is no limit to the kind of real-world robots and AI that the Anki platform will enable in the years to come.
We are thrilled to work with Boris, Hanns, Mark, and Patrick to help them realize their vision of ubiquitous robotics and AI. This is why we became venture capitalists.