We’re building on decades of scientific research to make artificial intelligence accessible to everyone. We are dedicated to bringing consumer robotics into everyday life.

Anki - The Founders

The Founders

Boris Sofman Ph.D.

Co-Founder, CEO


As an engineer and researcher with experience in building diverse robotic systems — from consumer products to off-road autonomous vehicles and bomb-disposal robots — Boris is making it his life’s work to create products that people would not expect to be possible. He earned a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University. Boris is an avid tennis player, but finds that Anki doesn’t allow him to play nearly as often as he’d like.

Mark Palatucci Ph.D.

Head of Cloud AI and Data Science


Mark wants to create products that truly surprise and excite people. Before co-founding Anki, Mark was the founding-CEO and principal engineer at Copera, an embedded systems and mobile software company. Prior to that, Mark held engineering and research positions at Google and Intel. He earned a B.S.E. from the University of Pennsylvania and both a M.S. and Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Mark finds that flying airplanes gives him a thrilling excuse not to check his email.

Hanns Tappeiner

Co-Founder, President


Hanns is passionate about creating products he always wanted but didn’t exist. He has worked extensively at refining the connections between operator and robot, developing deeper senses of feel and control. Hanns has designed robotics across the globe for companies in Germany, Italy, Austria and the US. Hanns studied at the University of Technology in Vienna before earning an M.S. in Robotics from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. On the weekend, Hanns is probably working or outdoors somewhere with his motorcycle.


Patrick De Neale

VP, Business Development


Patrick began working in robotics as a strategy advisor at Samsung where he developed applications for autonomous robots. He later joined Neato Robotics where he worked on the design and development of the award-winning Neato XV-11, and was recognized by The Wall Street Journal for his work in robotics. He earned a B.S. from Cornell University and a M.B.A. and M. Eng. from the University of California, Berkeley. When he’s not finding ways for robotics to enrich human experiences, Patrick is disappearing off beaten tracks, eating dishes prepared on sundry vehicles, and trying to keep pace with his twin daughters.

Gabriel Hebert

VP, Operations


Gabe has a broad background in global supply chain management, manufacturing operations, and customer support. Prior to joining Anki, he held manufacturing and supply chain executive posts at Calix, Proxim Wireless, Rhapsody Networks (acquired by Brocade), CoSine Communications, and MaxStrat (acquired by Sun Microsystems). He earned a B.A. from Saint Mary’s College and a CPIM from APICS. Gabe’s expertise in quality and efficiency has yet to improve his golf game, but that’s the furthest thing from his mind when he’s with his granddaughter.

Craig Rechenmacher

Chief Marketing Officer


Craig has 18 years of experience driving brand, product, digital marketing and business development at leading global interactive entertainment and gaming companies. He previously held a position as Chief Marketing Officer of Slacker Radio, the world’s most complete music service. Prior to Slacker, Rechenmacher was Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Origin, EA’s direct-to-consumer digital distribution platform. During his seven years at the company, he led global marketing efforts for EA’s Partners and Games Label division, working on key titles including Rock Band, Need for Speed, Dead Space and The Godfather.

Mark Bradley

Chief Revenue Officer


Mark is a proven dynamic and strategic leader with extensive international sales and marketing experience across Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania. He previously served as Vice President for Asia Pacific at EA, one of the world's leading interactive entertainment companies, with commercial and brand responsibility over product content across mobile, PC online and console gaming. He’s worked on some of the largest entertainment properties in the gaming industry including FIFA, Battlefield, Need for Speed, Plants vs Zombies, The Simpsons, Madden, The Sims and Star Wars. Mark is devoted to accelerating the pace of Anki's international expansion and establishing Anki as a household name in consumer robotics.

Jesse Janosov

VP, Product


Jesse blends more than 20 years of industry expertise in entertainment technologies with visionary thinking to propel Anki’s mission of creating profound experiences through robotics and AI. He was previously founder and CEO at Blue Crystals Labs, Inc., where he pioneered patented skill-based casino games. Prior to that, Jesse served as Vice President and General Manager at Zynga, where he achieved record revenues and margins for social casino titles. Before Zynga, Jesse was CEO of Rivet Games, and before that, Vice President at Playdom. In the past, he has also worked at Lightspeed Venture Partners, and at Microsoft, where he served several leadership roles in building games across PC and console platforms.

Board Members

Boris Sofman
Mark Palatucci
Hanns Tappeiner
Marc Andreessen, Co-Founder and Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Danny Rimer, Partner, Index Ventures

A few of our investors

We work hand-in-hand with our investors to build a world-class company that delivers inspired consumer robotics products.
Andreessen Horowitz
Index Ventures
Two Sigma
JP Morgan

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