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Persona’s founders are certain the world can use another humanoid robot
June 29, 2024

Persona’s founders are certain the world can use another humanoid robot

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Jerry Pratt and Figure quietly parted ways last month. The MIT research scientist spent just under two years with the Bay Area-based robotics firm. In 2022, he left Boardwalk Robotics, a humanoid startup he founded and led, and joined Figure’s well-funded ranks as CTO months before it exited stealth.

It was only last week, however, that Pratt made his exit public. The news arrived via LinkedIn, as he announced the founding of another entry in the increasingly crowded world of humanoids. Persona AI is presently as early stage as early stage gets, having been officially founded only last month.

The startup is the brainchild of Pratt and longtime associate Nic Radford, an industry vet with his own impressive resume including seven years as part of NASA’s robotics before founding Nauticus Robotics and Jacobi Motors.

The news was as much a hiring announcement as brand unveiling. ‘Hey LinkedIn!’ Pratt enthusiastically noted on the business site. ‘Ever dreamt of creating your own Iron Man suit but without the billionaire playboy part?’

Radford and Pratt say they want to bring on additional 10 to 20 ‘founders’ (their quotes) to help shape the company. ‘Jerry and I are obviously a pivotal part of this,’ Radford said, ‘but so will the next 18 people in. We really want to illustrate to them the esprit de corps of the company.’

At this early stage, Persona’s pitch doesn’t stray far from the various humanoid firms with which it’s set to compete. The introductory text on its website is largely a celebration of those technological breakthroughs that form the foundation of this unique moment in robotics.

The founders write,

That’s about as deep as the pitch currently goes outside of investor decks and employee interviews. Whatever advantage Persona believes it will ultimately have over Agility, Boston Dynamics, Figure and the rest isn’t clear at this very early stage.

‘In some ways, it’ll be very similar, in other ways it’s different,’ Radford answered cryptically. ‘It’s like the way GM feels themselves against Ford or Toyota or any car company. Every company feels, deep down, they’ve got certain competitive advantages. And then, deep down, every company’s commoditized and distilled down into the same things. They all provide transportation. Do we have our version of the Dodge Hemi? We’d like to think so.’

Pratt, for one, felt confident enough in Persona’s vision to leave a top spot at one of humanoid robotics’ most prominant and best-funded companies, Figure. Pratt says the split was amicable, and when I spoke with Figure founder and CEO Brett Adcock last week about his new project, Cover, he spoke highly of his former CTO. Pratt says the decision was, in part, geographical.

‘I was going between Pensacola [Florida] and California every two weeks,’ Pratt said. ‘At first when I joined Figure, I thought [Pratt and his wife] could move to California at about the two-year mark. I had planned to do it, but it just really wouldn’t work out. It was a fairly mutual parting of the ways.’

Rather than setting up shop in a traditional robotics hotbed like Boston or Pittsburgh, Persona will split its operations between Pratt’s home of Pensacola, along with Houston. The latter will serve as the company’s primary headquarters, eventually accommodating around two-thirds of Persona’s staff.


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