Meet the Humans

Adam “Business Time” Aleksa

Director of Roboanalytics

Favorite robot:

Boston Dynamics’ BigDog

Favorite thing about Detroit:

Abandoned city feel.

Weirdest thing I do at work:

Invent arbitrary ways to earn imaginary points that result in pizza parties.

Most unusual talent:

Can compose an entire song in under an hour.

Why I am a human:

A series of dangerous, experimental surgeries.

Lou “Loubags” Bridda

Vice President of Sales

Favorite robot:

Soundwave

Weirdest thing I do at work:

Refuse to sit still for more than fifteen minutes at a time.

Most unusual talent:

I can enter the code to fight Mike Tyson on the old school Nintendo game faster than any living being.

Why I am a human:

How many robots do you know who used to own a karaoke company?

Steve “Power Feed” Burkett

Software Sensei

Favorite robot:

“Robot” from Lost in Space. I love it when Dr. Smith calls him a “bumbling bucket of bolts.”

Favorite thing about Detroit:

Campus Martius. It’s a great place for people to gather and have fun. Live music, food, a cool fountain, great views, lots of energy, and seasonal events all year. Plus, during the winter months there's ice skating, an awesome Christmas tree, and a very cool Menorah. What else could we ask for?

Weirdest thing I do at work:

We ‘scrum’ every day. Seriously, how many people can say that?

Most unusual talent:

I can look like the Bald Eagle from the Muppet Show. (Hmmm... I guess that's really more of a gift than a talent.)

Why I am a human:

Not only do I get to experience all the cool things the world has to offer, but I’m also aware of those experiences... and aware that I’m aware of them... and aware that I'm aware that I’m aware... you get the idea.

Elvis “Bear” Jakupovic

Cloud Engineer

Favorite robot:

Bender

Weirdest thing I do at work:

I spin down unused servers with wanton abandon.

Most unusual talent:

I can speak Bosnian.

Why I am a human:

Cogito ergo sum.

Max “MAXX PWR” Nussenbaum

Fixer

Favorite robot:

The Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz

Favorite thing about Detroit:

Post-apocalyptic vibe.

Weirdest thing I do at work:

Attempt to communicate with customers when neither of us share a common language.

Most unusual talent:

Freestyle rapping.

Why I am a human:

I cry every time I watch The Iron Giant. There’s no better proof of humanity than that.

Tyler “Hugs Every Cat” Paxton

Co-Founder

Favorite robot:

The Iron Giant

Favorite thing about Detroit:

Detroit was built by makers and tinkerers and that culture still exists. People aren’t afraid to work hard, get their hands dirty, and grind out something amazing.

Weirdest thing I do at work:

I fill out ten CAPTCHAs every morning just to remember the pain we are saving people from.

Most unusual talent:

I can sleep through anything.

Why I am a human:

PlayThru told me so.

Morgan “Morgosaurus” Princing

Business-y Designer Lady

Favorite robot:

Tacocopter

Favorite thing about Detroit:

Dalley In the Alley

Weirdest thing I do at work:

Send condoms to advertisers.

Most unusual talent:

I’m a wiz at world geography.

Why I am a human:

I can appreciate beauty (and all that other gushy emotional stuff).

Reid “Lazer Eyez” Tatoris

Co-Founder

Favorite robot:

R2D2

Favorite thing about Detroit:

The people here embrace every awesome idea, no matter how crazy it sounds. Just Google “Detroit Robocop Statue.” Detroit is a city full of incredibly passionate people who want to change things. I love feeling like we are part of something larger and watching the city grow and change along with our company.

Weirdest thing I do at work:

Read the “Are you a human being or a human doing?” Google Alerts that pop up in my inbox every week.

Most unusual talent:

Ability to get any song stuck in my head the second I hear it.

Why I am a human:

I’m completely susceptible to baby animal pictures. No human can resist. I have to block Zooborns if I don’t want to go down a rabbit hole of awws.