The Founders

CO-FOUNDER, CEO

BORIS

SOFMAN PH.D.

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.
CO-FOUNDER, HEAD OF CLOUD AI AND DATA SCIENCE

MARK

PALATUCCI PH.D.

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.
CO-FOUNDER, PRESIDENT

HANNS

TAPPEINER

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.

Our Story:

2010


Anki, Inc is founded and moves to San Francisco

2014


Anki DRIVE hits mass retail becoming #2 top-selling toy on Amazon during the holiday

2016


JUNE

Anki amps up the gameplay of Anki OVERDRIVE with the announcement of two Supertrucks, FREEWHEEL and X52

Anki introduces Cozmo, the little bot with a big brain and even bigger personality

JULY

Anki announces the availability of Cozmo SDK Beta at launch in October

OCTOBER

Anki announces the upcoming launch of Anki OVERDRIVE in Nordic regions

Anki launches Supertrucks for Anki OVERDRIVE and Cozmo to critical acclaim

DECEMBER

Sales of Anki OVERDRIVE and Cozmo catapults the company’s products into the category of top four best-selling premium toys ($75+) of the holiday season (October leading up to Christmas), according to The NPD Group.

2018


AUGUST

Anki announces Vector

2005


Boris, Hanns & Mark meet at Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics PHD program in Pittsburg

2013


Anki DRIVE revealed onstage alongside Tim Cook at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference

2015


APRIL

Anki adds in-depth gameplay to Anki DRIVE with Commanders — building on traditional video game narrative and gaming elements

SEPTEMBER

Anki launches Anki OVERDRIVE — the next generation of Anki DRIVE featuring a modular track system, new cars and enhanced gameplay. Anki OVERDRIVE launches in the U.S., U.K., and Germany

2017


APRIL

Anki announces Anki OVERDRIVE: Fast & Furious Edition

JULY

Cozmo launches in Canada

SEPTEMBER

Anki launches Anki OVERDRIVE: Fast & Furious Edition in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, Australia and Nordic Countries

Cozmo goes international launching in the U.K., France, Australia and Germany

Cozmo is the #2 premium priced Toy in the U.S. and #1 in the U.K., France, Canada, and Australia