Today's Entrepreneur is Mark Godwin, CEO and Founder of Automa, which aims to fully automate trucking. This starts with fully automating dispatch, using machine learning to maximize asset ROI and then creating a marketplace for trucking with automatic in/out sourcing.
Automa is one of the top 15 finalist to present at Splash Oakland on May 6-7. Be sure to support Godwin and Automa.
Godwin graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, a MS in Controls, and a PhD in Optimization, Machine Learning and Controls.
Let's take a look at his entrepreneurial background.
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Dr. Godwin was a key developer and manager of a software team that created a fully automated collaborative fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles (C3UV). The system’s robust distributed control algorithm used onboard computing and air-to-air communication. The system was demonstrated with four unmanned aerial vehicles that collectively executed a single mission.
If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I want to change the world.
My favorite startups:
Airbnb, Automatic, Venmo
What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
Limitations on time and resources is frustrating while finding a better way to serve your customers is rewarding. In the end, the limitations push you to innovate.
What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
1) Ideas are easy, execution is hard
2) Imagine the world as it should be, but act as it is
3) Customers know what they want, but they don't always know what is possible
Mark has a PhD from UC Berkeley and specializes in Machine Learning, Optimization and Controls. He has spent 8+ years developing algorithms for vehicle fleet automation.
Mark has been working with drones, self-driving cars and fleet automation since 2004. His experience includes a 5+ year project with drones for the Office of Naval Research and Air Force Research Laboratory, DARPA Urban Grand Challenge, a team member at a startup acquired by Google's self driving car X Project, on-demand buses for the US DOT and for-hire personal transporation. This experience has led to a deep understanding of the technology that will not only coordinate tomorrow's self driving cars, but will transform the transportation systems of today.