We founded Built Robotics with a question — what will construction look like in a generation? And what solutions can we develop to address a chronic labor shortage, productivity that has fallen by half since the 1960s, and an industry that, despite significant improvements, remains the most dangerous in America? These are tough questions, and it’s impossible to know the answers today. But we kept coming back to one realization: we need a new way to build.
With that mission in mind, we came up with a simple idea. Let’s take the latest sensors from self-driving cars, retrofit them into proven equipment from the job site, and develop a suite of autonomous software designed specifically for the requirements of construction and earthmoving. And over the last two years, with a team of talented engineers, roboticists, and construction experts, that’s what we’ve done. It hasn’t been easy—in fact, no one has ever done what we’re doing—but with over $100 billion in earthmoving and grading services performed in the US each year, it feels like we’re onto something.
To support our efforts, we’ve raised over $15 million from Forest Baskett and Aaron Jacobson at NEA. We also have the honor of working with Founders Fund, Lemnos, and some incredibly insightful angel investors including Eric Stromberg, Maria Thomas, Edward Lando and Justin Kan. In addition, Carl Bass, the former CEO of Autodesk, is an independent member of our Board of Directors, leveraging his unique experience to guide us at the intersection of construction and technology.