The inVia Robotics Story
inVia Robotics Team
Our story is one of innovation via robotics, which is how we named inVia Robotics. Our founders – Lior Elazary, Dan Parks and Randolph Voorhies – met while working on their Ph.D. degrees in robotics at the University of Southern California. They found they were a natural team, and they were curious and passionate about how they could apply automation to solve existing problems. They took Plato’s wisdom to heart that “necessity is the mother of invention.”
In the process of exploring applications and building prototypes, they had their “aha!” moment as they were ordering sheets of aluminum and other parts online ... with free overnight shipping. With a little research it became clear that the existing e-commerce fulfillment process couldn’t keep up with consumer demand for online ordering of every kind of product you could imagine. Warehouses would have to innovate, and this was the perfect environment for automation. The team was driven by a mission to automate repetitive tasks so people could focus on doing more meaningful work, and warehouses were filled with these types of tasks. So they developed the first system that made autonomous mobile robotics economical for anyone fulfilling e-commerce orders and made the benefits of automation available to the mass market.
Executive Team Bios
Lior has more than 20 years of experience as an executive in internet networking, robotics, software development and enterprise architecture businesses. He has led and directed diverse teams developing everything from back-office systems to core enterprise technologies. Most recently, he co-founded and later sold EdgeCast, a content delivery platform with customers such as Twitter and YouTube. Before that, he co-founded and later sold HostPro (now Web.com), an internet hosting company.
Elazary completed a master’s degree in computer science at the University of Southern California (USC) with a specialty focus on artificial intelligence. He attended a Ph.D. program in robotics at USC, where he met his inVia co-founders. Their work together sparked a passion for the dramatic effect robots can have in driving efficiency and productivity and, most importantly, in helping people live happier and more fulfilling lives.
Dan is a robotics expert with 17 years of experience in the field. He oversees the manufacturing, deployment and remote monitoring of the inVia Picker robots within customer warehouses. A part of the founding team, Dan is driven by the opportunities the implementation of robotics opens up for logistics and supply chain management, especially when it comes to the e-commerce space.
Dan completed his undergraduate studies at Georgia Tech, receiving a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He then went on to complete a Ph.D. in computational neuorscience at the University of Southern California, where he first met his future inVia co-founders.
Rand is a technology and robotics expert. He leads the inVia engineering team that builds the AI-driven software at the core of the robotics system. This includes product development, customer technology/software support, and management of technology investment strategy.
Prior to inVia, Rand worked within NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory during his Ph.D. program. Rand completed his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. in computer science and robotics at the University of Southern California. Rand enthusiastically joined Dan and Lior in co-founding inVia Robotics to apply intelligent automation robots to the e-commerce industry.
Kristen joined the inVia Robotics team in 2018, bringing more than 20 years of experience in marketing, tech, digital media and e-commerce from her various executive marketing positions at companies such as FedEx, AT&T and LifeSeasons. In her role as CMO at inVia Robotics, Kristen creates and implements all marketing and communications strategies, including branding, social media, PR, advertising and product marketing.
Kristen completed her undergraduate studies in international business at Arkansas State University. From there, she completed a master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.