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Amazon’s acquisition of Kiva Systems sent a shockwave through the robotics world. Here was a mobile robotics company with an unprecedented degree of commercial success becoming a key piece of Amazon’s strategy to make their supply chain a competitive advantage. Overnight companies seem to come out of the woodwork to fill the void that Kiva had left in the landscape.
Before meeting with the founders of 6 River we had evaluated dozens of companies seeking to be successors to the Kiva throne. We aligned with 6 River systems because of their “industry-first,” approach to building the technology solutions needed to make fulfillment more efficient. Furthermore, given the founders’ backgrounds in selling and implementing thousands of robots during their time at Kiva, they brought first-hand knowledge of what it takes to work with customers in order to operate well-designed, reliable fulfillment automation solutions.
The founders understand that automation is just the beginning. In order for customer-centric fulfillment to scale, a new, automated digital supply chain is required. 6 River systems is building the end to end solutions required to make this possible.
When Amazon acquired Kiva Systems in 2012, other retailers and third-party fulfillment centers panicked. The e-commerce giants took Kiva’s robots off the market, leaving their competitors without an important productivity tool. Lots of newcomers have cropped up to help warehouses keep up with demand since then, but one of the most hotly anticipated robots in this space was under wraps — until today.
Common Networks was founded on the idea that everyone should have fast, affordable access to broadband internet. And right now, they don’t. In fact, the U.S. currently ranks 16th in average internet speed.
Many suburban areas still suffer from low-speed connectivity, delivered at high costs from opaque, legacy providers.
We met the Common team through one of our existing portfolio company CEOs who had attended the same high school. He provided a compelling introduction, and it was easy to see why; the founding team is one of the most committed, creative, and cohesive we’ve met.
The home broadband space is huge, yet currently dominated by a very small number of incumbents. These organizations are trying to tackle broadband by digging fiber trenches, but the cost and complexity is proving to be intractable. Common’s wireless technology solves the key infrastructure problem. On the product side, they are converting a commodity “internet” into a differentiated service offering. Customers are not driven by the speed or latency of the cable hitting their router, they just want to ensure that their internet delivers Game of Thrones to their iPad when and where they want.
Common is building a human-centered, end-to-end approach to get amazing internet to people where and how they want it.
You would think that living in tech-savvy California would guarantee you high-speed internet. Well, think again — some suburban areas, like Alameda, are still experiencing low-speed connectivity at high costs. Common Networks is trying to solve that problem and today announced funding of $7 million in a round led by Eclipse Ventures.
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Lior founded Eclipse to meet the unique and unmet needs of entrepreneurs building startups integrating hardware with software and data.
Prior to launching Eclipse, Lior was Founder and General Partner at LabIX, the hardware investment platform of Flextronics, the world’s second largest electronics manufacturing services and original design manufacturer. LabIX brings together startups, OEMs and technology partners across the entire hardware ecosystem. At LabIX, Lior led investments in companies across: energy storage, wireless / infrastructure, 3D optics, additive manufacturing, and robotics.
Lior also co-founded Farm 2050, an AgTech Collective, with Innovation Endeavors to address the global food challenge. Prior to LabIX, he was part of the founding team of Elementum, Flextronics’ proprietary SaaS platform which was later spun out. Before moving to Silicon Valley, Lior was a serial entrepreneur in Tel Aviv, where he helped build Intucell which was sold to Cisco in 2012.
Lior is a (Res) of an elite Special Forces unit in the Israel Defense Force.
Greg oversees all aspects of finance, investment reporting and monitoring, operational, compliance, accounting and human resource functions at Eclipse and is also involved in fundraising aspects of the firm.
Prior to joining Eclipse, Greg worked at Sequoia Capital where he managed financial reporting and operations for funds across the U.S., China, India and Israel. During his time at Sequoia, Greg was also responsible for developing and reviewing GAAP valuation models for portfolio companies across all geographies.
Previously, Greg was part of the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) audit practice in San Francisco where he focused on financial services clients. In his role with PwC, Greg supervised and trained audit team members and worked with multiple investment management and banking and capital markets clients. Greg graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Sonoma State University. Greg earned his CPA and is a member of the AICPA.
After graduating from Arizona State University in 2014, Lily worked as a lead recruiter for the IT Staffing company, Insight Global. Lily was quickly promoted to become an Account Manager, managing accounts with leading technology companies such as Yahoo, NetApp and Lockheed Martin.
In this role Lily clearly demonstrated her exceptional abilities to seamlessly coordinate and schedule a high volume of meetings between clients and potential candidates resulting in customer success and increased new business. Lily brings her talent and enthusiasm to Eclipse where she managers all office operations.
Angela manages investor and portfolio relations for Eclipse, including fundraising, LP relations, company communications, and outreach. She joined the team from Formation 8.
Prior to joining Formation 8, Angela was the Director of the Stanford Entrepreneurship Network. While there she mentored Stanford entrepreneurs, developed a robust network of investors and strategic advisors and led the communications / outreach strategy. Additionally, she was a board member of BASES, the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students.
Angela joined Stanford from Khosla Ventures where she worked on Pierre Lamond’s team, working closely with both the wider investment team and portfolio companies. Angela began her career as a marketing strategist for McCann Worldgroup where she conducted market and consumer research for brands such as Microsoft, HP, Cathay Pacific, and The Boys and Girls Club of America.
Greg has spent his career building and leading teams to help scale technically complex products from initial concept to high-volume production. Most recently, Greg was Tesla’s executive leader of global manufacturing, factory / automation engineering, supply chain, and product excellence. While at Tesla, he led growth from low volume Roadster production to the fully integrated manufacturing of the Model S and X, and a revenue run rate of over $8B.
Prior to Tesla, Greg was the Senior Vice President of Operations at SunPower, and led the growth of manufacturing operations from pilot scale to over $2B in annual revenue. In this role, he was responsible for the rapid implementation and growth of advanced silicon, cell, and panel manufacturing operations globally. Earlier in his career, Greg held various roles in manufacturing and quality in the semiconductor industry.
Greg has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Outside of work, Greg enjoys developing software, diving, and mountain biking.
Prior to joining the investment team at Eclipse, Justin built and led the commercial operations at Misfit, a wearable technology company acquired by the Fossil Group for more than $250M. Before Misfit, Justin managed the commercialization efforts in the foods, fuels, and chemicals spaces at Synthetic Genomics, a leading synthetic biology company.
At SGI, Justin’s efforts led to first-in-class technology development, licensing, and commercialization deals with companies such as ADM, and other Fortune 100 food and chemicals companies.
Justin received his BS in Chemical Engineering from UCSB, and his MBA from MIT Sloan. Justin is an avid cyclist and triathlete, and is on the advisory board of CycleKids, a nonprofit focused on strengthening the physical and emotional health of children.
Seth is a partner at Eclipse where he invests in strong leaders building full-stack hardware technology companies that improve the physical world. He focuses his time on building businesses that use automation technologies to improve the movement of people and goods; next generation manufacturing technologies, and consumer hardware that pushes the state of the art in machine learning.
His investments include: 6 River Systems, Clearpath Robotics, and Marble. Additionally, he is a board observer for Eclipse portfolio companies: Light, Kindred, and Swift Navigation.
Prior to helping launch Eclipse, Seth was an original member of the GE Ventures Advanced Manufacturing investment practice where he invested in robotics, additive manufacturing, and industrial IOT technologies. Seth is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College. He spends his free time running/cycling, snowboarding, surfing, and enjoying the beautiful NorCal outdoors.
Pierre Lamond is a pioneer of the semiconductor industry. He started his career in 1957 as an engineer at Transitron Electronics before joining Dr. Gordon E. Moore’s R&D team at Fairchild Semiconductor. While at Fairchild, Pierre oversaw the development of advanced high-frequency transistors and the first generation of digital integrated circuits.
Pierre left Fairchild in 1967 to cofound the National Semiconductor Corporation (NSM), where he was vice president and general manager, Integrated Circuits. Following CEO roles at Coherent Radiation and Advent, Pierre returned to National Semiconductor in 1977 to assume the role of chief technology officer and VP, general manager of Advanced Products.
In 1981, Pierre joined Sequoia Capital as a general partner, where he played a pivotal role in the expansion of the semiconductor, systems, and software portfolios. While at Sequoia, Pierre was chairman of the board at Cypress Semiconductor (CY), Microchip Semiconductor, Vitesse Semiconductor, Open-Silicon Inc., Redback Networks, Verisity, and Plumtree. He was also a director at Mellanox Technologies and Xoom. Pierre ran, on a temporary basis, engineering departments at Cisco Systems (CSCO) and C-Cube.
Pierre spent three years as a general partner at Khosla Ventures serving on the boards of Skybox Imaging (Google), Cogenra, SEEO, Avogy, SeaMicro (AMD) and HeartVista. Pierre was one of the founding members of Eclipse and currently works with: Kindred, Flex Logix, Diassess, Cerebras, and Light.
Lior also co-founded Farm 2050, an AgTech Collective, with Innovation Endeavors to address the global food challenge. Prior to LabIX, he was part of the founding team of Elementum, Flextronics’ proprietary Saas platform which was later spun out. Before moving to Silicon Valley, Lior was a serial entrepreneur in Tel Aviv, where he helped build Intucell which was sold to Cisco in 2012.