“We envision a world where the lives of people are made safer, easier, and more productive with the help of robots.”
Dr. Eugene Izhikevich
Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board
Navigating the autonomous future
Founded in 2009, Brain Corp is an autonomous technology company creating transformative solutions in robotics and AI. With over 30,000 autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) deployed globally, our autonomy software, BrainOS®, is enhancing productivity, efficiency and safety across commercial spaces like retail stores, schools, warehouses and more.
Through innovation and strategic partnerships, Brain Corp pioneers the commercial robotics domain, envisioning a future where robots are as common as computers and mobile phones.
The values that drive everything we do
We believe the best ideas are yet unimagined. Driven by integrity and passion, we work as one to turn imaginings of progress into realities through AI and robotics.
01. We are customer-driven
We put customers at the center of everything we do. We listen, respond with urgency, and exceed their expectations.
02. We prioritize simplicity
We believe in efficiency and pragmatism. Complexity is our enemy.
03. We stay curious
We embrace a growth mindset and constantly seek new ways to improve.
04. We commit
We value diverse perspectives and encourage respectful debate, but once a decision is made, we commit to it fully.
05. We are accountable
We hold ourselves to high standards in everything we do and deliver results.
06. We have a bias to act
We favor proactivity, swift execution, and calculated risks.
07. We have grit
We are passionate and resilient. We channel challenges and adversity into growth opportunities.
Brain envisions a safer, easier, & more productive world.
We contribute to that world by creating software that transforms everyday machines into autonomous solutions that support people in dynamic public spaces like grocery stores, retail stores, airports, hospitals, malls, universities, and more.
Brain Corporation founded
Our journey started with a team of computational neuroscientists providing research services to technology firms, including Qualcomm. Guided by Dr. Eugene Izhikevich, our team was dedicated to exploring AI inspired by the intricacies of the human brain.
Brain Corp sets off on its own
Dr. Eugene Izhikevich set out on his mission to launch a company focused on bringing robots everywhere. He recognized the best way to realize this vision was to build a software operating system and then partner with other companies, each one focusing on their own type of robot, but each one using the software.
Unveiling BrainOS to the world
September 22, 2014, marked the debut of the Brain Operating System - BrainOS. This system represented a breakthrough in robot programming - inspired by a deep understanding of how biological brains learn from demonstration.
Debut of EMMA
The unveiling of EMMA (Enabling Mobile Machine Automation) in 2017 marked a significant achievement in commercial cleaning technology. By automating manual equipment, EMMA not only redefined efficiency but also earned ISSA Interclean's prestigious 'Innovation of the Year' award.
Brain Corp Begins Providing AI Services to Walmart
Our collaboration began with Walmart, which involved equipping a few hundred stores with BrainOS-powered autonomous scrubbers. The success of this initial deployment quickly led to a full nationwide deployment across all Walmart stores, showcasing the effectiveness and scalability of our platform
Our European foothold in Amsterdam
The opening of our Amsterdam headquarters in 2019 marked a significant step in our international expansion. This new hub was instrumental in driving new business and support for our customers, which now span 5 continents.
#1 in robotics autonomy
Being named the top Autonomy Solution Provider for mobile robotics by ABI Research in 2019 was a significant achievement for us. This recognition underscored our expertise in creating reliable and adaptable AI systems and marked our position as a leader in the field of robotics autonomy.
Recognition as a Top Workplace
In 2020, we were proud to be recognized as a Top Workplace by The San Diego Union-Tribune. This award was a reflection of our dedication to fostering a collaborative and engaging work environment, which we believe is essential for driving innovation in AI and robotics.
100 billion square feet
Our technology marked a major milestone by navigating over 100 billion square feet. This achievement underscored the adaptability and scalability of our AI systems, showcasing their effectiveness in a wide range of commercial settings.
Launch of BrainOS Mobile
With the introduction of BrainOS Mobile, we provided a tool that significantly advanced the management of robotic fleets. The app enabled users to monitor machine performance, receive real-time notifications, and access training materials, thereby optimizing operational efficiency.
Release of BrainOS Next Gen Robotics Platform
The launch of the next BrainOS Robotics Platform marked a significant advancement in AI and robotics, bringing improved navigation, safety, and product development capabilities.
Sam’s Club Deploys Inventory Scanning Robots with Brain Corp
Our collaboration with Sam's Club underscored Brain Corp's leadership in retail automation, deploying state-of-the-art robotic inventory scanners at an unprecedented scale. By rolling out our computer vision technology across 600 Sam's Clubs nationwide, Brain Corp became the world's largest supplier of robotic inventory scanning technology.
The journey continues
Embarking on a journey to reshape the commercial realms with autonomous robotics, Brain Corp is at the vanguard of creating industry-aligned robotic solutions. By leveraging the robust capabilities of BrainOS, we're broadening the scope of what robots can accomplish in commercial and industrial settings.
Harnessing the power of our proprietary autonomy platform, BrainOS, we're expanding the horizons of robotic and AI applications, enabling a new era of human-robot collaboration. As we continue to innovate, our vision extends beyond just meeting the current market demands, aiming to anticipate and fulfill the evolving needs of different industries, making a lasting impact on society by transforming the way we live and work.
David Pinn assumed the role of CEO at Brain Corp in 2022, where he has held various executive positions since joining in 2017, including Chief Strategy Officer and Chief Financial Officer. During his tenure, Pinn was instrumental in leading Brain Corp’s transformation from a robotics hardware company to a software as a service (SaaS) provider. He played a pivotal role in securing over $100 million in funding from prominent investors such as the SoftBank Vision Fund, Qualcomm Ventures, Hercules Capital, ClearBridge Investments, and Satwik Ventures.
Prior to joining Brain Corp, Pinn served as Head of Finance for Antenna79, a technology startup backed by L Catterton, the world’s largest consumer-focused private equity group, where he facilitated the raising of $94.9 million in private equity funding. Before his tenure at Antenna79, Pinn co-founded Snaptracs, Qualcomm’s consumer electronics subsidiary. Under his leadership, Snaptracs was successfully sold, leading to a merger with Whistle and a $117 million acquisition by Mars.
Pinn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Chief Technology Officer
Chief Technology Officer
As CTO, Cannon will lead all technical development within the organization, focusing on the continued advancement of Brain Corp’s AI software platform, BrainOS®, which powers the world’s largest fleet of commercial robots operating in public indoor spaces.
Since joining Brain Corp in 2017, Cannon has held multiple leadership roles, including most recently, Vice President of Software Engineering. In his time, he has overseen and played a key role in many of Brain Corp’s software and research development efforts across its portfolio of autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), helping optimize performance, scalability and the cost of its platform offerings.
Prior to joining Brain Corp, Cannon was at iRobot for over five years where he worked on improving robot mapping performance to reduce time to generate maps and simplified system architecture while increasing functionality and capabilities. Cannon holds a Bachelor and Masters of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire.
Chief Revenue Officer
Chief Revenue Officer
Chief Administration Officer
Chief Administration Officer
As Chief Admin Officer, Brian leads Brain Corp’s Corporate Services, which includes its Human Resources, IT, Facilities, Business Systems, Data Privacy & Security, and Safety teams. Since joining Brain Corp in 2018, Reinhart has held multiple positions including Deputy General Counsel, Global Head of Compliance, and SVP of Operations & Legal. During this time, he has successfully led multiple key initiatives, including implementing Brain Corp’s robot safety and data infrastructure, managing partner relationships, driving continuity planning, and leading numerous critical negotiations.
Prior to joining Brain Corp, Reinhart served as General Counsel for multiple organizations, supporting both legal and commercial initiatives throughout his career. Reinhart has navigated a myriad of complex transactions in these past roles and has supported organizations’ global expansion, product line growth, organizational efficiency and governance, and has managed diverse teams across corporate services functions.
Brian earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Illinois College of Business in Champaign-Urbana and completed his Juris Doctorate and Masters in Business from St. Louis University, where he earned Beta Gamma Sigma honors.
Andy Ng joined Brain Corp in 2016 and serves as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.
Previously, Andy was the Founder and President of Invent Advisers, LLC, an intellectual property consulting company that worked with startups in San Diego, California. Andy developed his legal expertise at Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, and Vinson & Elkins LLP.
Andy earned his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics from Duke University.
President, Brain Corp International
President, Brain Corp International
Michel Spruijt joined Brain Corp in 2019 as VP and General Manager for Europe. Michel is responsible for all partner support, team expansion, and the oversight of general operations globally.
Prior to joining Brain Corp, Michel held the position of General Manager EMEA at Ergotron, which builds kinetic work environments. During his 20-year tenure, Michel successfully built cross-functional teams and managed Ergotron’s growth trajectory in EMEA. He held several roles at Ergotron, including management positions in Business Development, Sales, Operations, Customer Care, Technical Support, and Business Operations.
Michel speaks four languages including Dutch, English, German, and Hungarian, and earned a degree from Grafisch Lyceum Utrecht.
VP, Human Resources
VP, Human Resources
Sorana Petersen joined Brain Corp as the Vice President of Human Resources in March 2023 and leads all functions of HR and Talent Management. Her extensive experience in training, leadership development, and business operations provides a balanced and thoughtful approach to establishing and executing a people first culture.
Sorana has held various leadership and executive HR roles at both privately held and public companies. Most recently she was the Senior Director of Human Resources for Best Buy Health – a division of Best Buy enterprise focused on leveraging technology to enable care in the home. Prior to Best Buy, Sorana served as the Vice President of Human Resources at GreatCall where she led the human resources, training, quality assurance, and organizational development functions.
Sorana received a Bachelors of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation from HRCI. She is also a certified Executive Coach through the UC Berkeley Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute. She resides in San Diego with her husband and two boys, ages eleven and eight.
Dr. Eugene Izhikevich co-founded Brain Corp in 2009 with the goal of creating software that transforms everyday machines into autonomous mobile robots. Not only has he grown Brain Corp into a global leader in its field, but he has also fostered a company culture that prides itself on inclusivity and innovation.
Before starting Brain Corp, Eugene was widely recognized for his contributions to the theory of spiking networks. In 2005, he implemented the world’s largest thalamo-cortical model. It simulated one hundred billion neurons and one quadrillion synapses – the same number as the human brain. In addition, Eugene was a senior fellow in Theoretical Neurobiology at the San Diego-based Neurosciences Institute and is the founder of Scholarpedia, a free, peer-reviewed encyclopedia.
Eugene earned a Master of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Lomonosov Moscow State University, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Michigan State University. He also served as a postdoctoral researcher and visiting professor at Arizona State University.
Fay West joined the Tennant Company in April 2021 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Tennant, she was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of SunCoke Energy, Inc., a raw material processing and handling company, from 2014 to 2021. Before joining SunCoke Energy, Inc., in 2011, as Vice President and Controller, she was Assistant Controller at United Continental Holdings, Inc. Prior to that role, she served in several leadership roles at PepsiAmericas, Inc., including Vice President of Accounting and Financial Reporting, and Director of Financial Reporting. Prior to joining PepsiAmericas, Inc., she was Vice President and Controller of GATX Rail Company.
Steve Altman, former president and vice chairman of Qualcomm Incorporated, was a 15-year member of Qualcomm’s Executive Committee. During his tenure with Qualcomm, Altman provided direction and guidance on key initiatives across all areas of the business, as well as on overall company vision and strategy.
He led the creation of Qualcomm’s IP licensing strategy, which became a catalyst for the rapid worldwide growth of CDMA technology and the success of the Qualcomm Technology Licensing business. In his role with Brain Corporation, Altman will help develop the company’s licensing and royalty strategy.
Richard is a Director at Qualcomm Ventures. His current investments interests are around the AR / VR, IoT / IIoT, Robotics and connected device ecosystems. Richard joined Qualcomm Ventures in 2008 and actively serves as a Board Member for Brain Corp. In addition, he also serves as a Board Observer for a number of investments including Magic Leap, Airspace Technologies, The Void, and Reach Robotics.
Richard is involved in the full-gamut of venture capital lifecycle from fund raising/investor relations, sourcing/diligence/closing investments, and portfolio management and plays a crucial role in driving strategic direction, scale-up, and sale of these businesses. He has led over a dozen of investments with successful exits in HeyZap (acquired by RNTS Media), Livescribe (acquired by Anoto), Owlchemy Labs (acquired by Google), and Earn.com (acquired by Coinbase).
Prior to joining Qualcomm, Richard had over seven years of investment banking experience at Merrill Lynch & Co and Société Générale. As a Vice President at Société Générale, Richard led the leveraged finance deal teams, with a focus in the Gaming, Lodging, Leisure and Media & Telecom sectors.
Richard holds an MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson School of Business and a B.S. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
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