Dr. Jens Lambrecht (Co-Founder, Managing Director), Thomas Staufenbiel (Co-Founder, Managing Director), and Dr. Eugen Funk (Co-Founder, Managing Director) © Jasper Kettner
What inspired you to found your startup?
We had gained a lot of experience on the practical side and had a lot of ideas and energy but at our former positions we encountered administrative restrictions and an anti-innovation attitude. At the same time in 2016 there was a hype about robotics and artificial intelligence. Nearly every big company had a robotics on their roadmap but there was a lack of companies that could cope with software integration. This gap was exactly what we were able fill with our practical expertise.
How do you define success for yourself and your company?
Success is when we over-satisfy the expectations of our customers and partners while developing novel ideas for new business opportunities.
Is there anything you’d do differently if you could do it again?
Not yet 🙂
What problem does your product solve?
We focus on B2B markets in domestics, industries as well as sports & entertainment empowering companies which are deeply settled on these markets to provide powerful robotic solutions to their end-customers and to reach a broad audience. For this purpose, we aim at a partner-integrated development approach combining understanding of key customer needs and broad robotics expertise.
Where do you see your company in 1/5/10 years?
The vision we have for our company is to become the leading European innovation hub for service robotics regarding different vertical industries, i.e. health & care, home & entertainment, concierge services, retail and security. Furthermore, we pursue to be a cutting-edge venture builder for innovative ideas in the robotics domain.
How are you different?
We create robotic solutions covering software and hardware putting an emphasis on the interaction and perception. We are able to provide more intelligent robot solutions regarding smart interaction and environmental analysis premised on a highly-scalable basis. This enables us to offer and reuse latest technology solutions on specific markets and to minimise the development cost.
How often does your product/service show up in a user’s day or week?
As service robotics is just about to spread to the everyday life of people, there will be a a wide range of robotics solutions in the future that involve participation of Gestalt Robotics.
Up to now, you might have seen some of our service robotics solutions on latest fairs and exhibitions, e.g. Mobile World Congress, Hannover Messe and IFA, as well as at companies board meetings or exhibition halls.
Impact: how are you doing good and building a better future?
Especially in the German society there is a crucial misunderstanding, that main reason for using robots is to replace jobs. In contrast, we are following the recent paradigm shift in robotics towards human-centered design of robotic solutions. Robotics have a great potential to assist, work and live together with humans by offering physical, informational and emotional support.
How has the startup scene in Berlin changed?
We encountered a fantastic early support for our startups from side of the universities in Berlin. Last year, the Technische Universität supported us with offices in order to help us standing on our own feet now and to bootstrap from scratch. Furthermore, in Berlin there evolved a huge ecosystem of incubators, meetups, investors and skilled people.
What are the pros and cons of launching your startup from Berlin?
The creative spirit of Berlin definitely encouraged us to found Gestalt Robotics. Berlin is quite open to innovation and it is easy to meet the right people and have opportunities for professional exchange. A con, respectively an opportunity, is that the technology scene, besides web technology, is not very strong in Berlin yet. regarding this issue, we want to be a corner stone towards a novel extended technology scene in Berlin.
Gestalt Robotics was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Berlin“, October 2017.