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Keller Rinaudo: A mini robot — powered by your phone
Your smartphone may feel like a friend — but a true friend would give you a smile once in a while. At TED2013, Keller Rinaudo demos Romo, the smartphone-powered mini robot who can motor along with you on a walk, slide you a cup of coffee across the table, and react to you with programmable expressions.
Keller Rinaudo is the co-founder and CEO of Romotive — makers of the small, covetable robot, Romo.
WHY YOU HOULD LISTEN TO HIM?
Keller Rinaudo founded Romotive alongside friends Phu Nguyen and Peter Seid. The startup makes Romo, an adorable miniature robot that harnesses the the powerful processor in every smartphone. Something between a personal robot and a pet, Romo has a personality thanks to controllable facial expressions and is able to roll around on a tank-like base. As CEO of Romotive, Rinaudo sets the strategic direction of the company, raises funds needed to scale quickly and focuses on growing the team through recruiting.
A 2009 Harvard graduate, Rinaudo worked with Dr. Yaakov Benenson and colleagues on biological computers — tiny devices made of RNA, DNA and proteins that, when implanted in the body, could work as molecular doctors signaling genes in need of treatment. Rinaudo is also a professional rock climber ranked top 10 in sport climbing. He has scaled alpine cliffs in France, underwater caves in Kentucky and the limestone towers of Yangshuo, China.
“That’s a lot of excitement for a smartphone toy robot. But, hey, this is a toy with big ambitions, and Rinaudo and his crew–though admittedly unsure about where this all might lead–are convinced they’re onto something.” CNET
The $4 million Lamborghini
The brand new Lamborghini Veneno will run you $4 million, but only if you can get your hands on one of the 3 being produced.
McLaren P1: A hybrid supercar
The brand new, $1.1m McLaren P1 can do 0-60 in under 4 seconds and boasts a carbon fiber body.
Consumer Reports: Best cars for 2013
Consumer Reports announced their Top Pick vehicles which received the highest scores in their self-administered tests. Detroit automakers didn’t make the cut.
CNN Anchor: ‘Be Happy,’ Traffic Jams Are ‘A Sign That The Economy Is Improving’
CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield related a shocking bit of information to her audience on Tuesday. Skyrocketing gasoline prices mean that Americans are wasting more money than ever sitting in traffic, but there is a silver lining. While those traffic jams may be draining your wallet, CNN reports that they are also a sign that the overall economy is improving.
Economic hardship forces Italians to consume less fuel
Waldo Waldman on leadership
Rob “Waldo” Waldman – The Wingman – is a professional leadership speaker and author of the NY Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. He teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated fighter pilot and businessman.
“An amazing book that bucks the old paradigm that maverick leaders and self-made entrepreneurs set the bar. It will forever change the way you look at leadership.” —Marshall Goldsmith, author of The Wall Street Journal #1 business bestseller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
“In Never Fly Solo, Rob ‘Waldo’ Waldman shares potent, personal leadership lessons on what it takes to access the power of your wingmen. If you want a former fi ghter pilot with 65 combat missions as your wingman and if business success is your target, take flight with Waldo’s book and earn your wings. You’ll never fly solo again.” —Jeffrey Gitomer, bestselling author of The Little Red Book of Selling
“If you are serious about building trusting relationships and launching your business and life to new heights, then invest in yourself and buy this book.”
—Keith Ferrazzi, author of the New York Times #1 bestseller Who’s Got Your Back
“Authentic and inspirational, Never Fly Solo is a winning formula for successful leadership that everyone in business should read.” —Howard Putnam, former CEO of Southwest Airlines and author of The Winds of Turbulence
“Waldo does a superb job of applying to the business world the lessons he learned in his military career. His excellent use of vignettes shows how standards and values are applicable to leading an honorable life.”
—General Ron Fogleman, U.S. Air Force Retired, former Chief of Staff, USAF
“Waldo the Wingman knows the value of relationships and how to build real partnerships that benefit everyone involved.” —Mark Sanborn, speaker and bestselling author of The Fred Factor and You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader
Rob “Waldo” Waldman understands one thing better than most businesspeople: You can’t reach your highest potential alone. You need wingmen—trusted partners—who can help you overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and prepare for success. A decorated former combat F-16 fighter pilot and now a successful entrepreneur, Waldman lives his life by this rule.
Whether you’re a senior executive, mid-level manager, or new hire fresh out of college, your success depends on the mutual support of trusted associates. In Never Fly Solo, Waldo helps you maximize your relationships to reach your greatest potential. You’ll learn how to:
- Commit to the core wingman values of integrity, accountability, service, and excellence
- Transform your relationships with colleagues into interdependent partnerships for success
- Take courageous action and ask for help when adversity strikes
- Communicate effectively in high-stress situations
- Connect with your coworkers and customers on a deeper level
Through compelling, real-world stories, Waldo relates how his Air Force wingmen helped him overcome challenges and become successful by teaching him lessons that work in an offi ce as well as in a cockpit.
Like the world of aerial combat, today’s high-stakes business world operates faster than the speed of sound. Teamwork and trust are critical for thwarting the missiles of fear, change, and risk that too often send even the most seasoned professional into a downward spiral.
You can’t dodge these missiles alone. Never Fly Solo is your flight plan for taking positive action that leads to greater success.