• Paul Perrone

    Founder & CEO

    Paul Perrone is founder & CEO of Perrone Robotics. He is the inventor of “MAX”, the world’s first general-purpose robotics operating system for AVs & robotics (patented in 2006). He’s been an early pioneer in the space leading Perrone Robotics for over 15 years in the development of technology and business for robotics and AVs. His activities have included leading and fielding the development of fully autonomous vehicles for a 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge team and a 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge team, working with rocker Neil Young to automate his ’59 Lincoln Continental (“LincVolt”), fielding and integrating MAX technology with customers for commercial use, leading the Company’s Series A capital raise in 2016, and pushing the business and MAX technology further for use in AVs in the automotive, industrial, and broader robotics space. Apart from his commercial activities, Paul has also chaired the SAE On Road Autonomous Vehicle Standards Committee. He has 15+ years AV experience and 21+ years total hi-tech industry experience. He has a unique blend of experience in the development of business, operations, legal matters, and highly technical matters. Paul is also a published author and distinguished public speaker.

  • Dave Hofert


    Dave Hofert is the Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Sales for Perrone Robotics, Inc.  He has held software development and management roles as well as Marketing and Marketing management roles at Sun Microsystems, Fidelity Investments, Nokia, and Oracle. Dave earned his Executive MBA from Boston University in 2000. In 2005 Dave became involved with Perrone Robotics when he helped organize funding for PRI to participate in both DARPA Grand Challenges and several JavaOne conference keynotes. Most recently, Dave worked within the Java Embedded Sales organization at Oracle where he was the Sr. Director of Business Development for IoT.  There he developed IoT and sales strategies and managed a world-wide business development team.

  • Michael Raschid

    CLO & VP of Ops

    Michael Raschid is Chief Legal Officer and Vice President of Operations at Perrone Robotics.  He has extensive experience with technology licensing, intellectual property and other strategic commercial matters engaged in by technology companies.  In his career spanning over 25+ years, he has represented both private and public technology companies, as well as some of Silicon Valley’s leading venture capital investors.  Prior to joining Perrone Robotics, Mike was a partner at a leading Washington, DC firm, and a leading Silicon Valley law firm where he headed the technology transactions practice in its Northern Virginia office.

  • Nolan Bushnell

    Board Member

    Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur and scientist. Often cited as the father of the video game industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater. Mr. Bushnell is passionate about enhancing and improving the educational process by integrating the latest in brain science, and truly enjoys motivating and inspiring others with his views on entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and education.

    Over the past four decades, Bushnell has been a prolific entrepreneur, founding numerous companies, including: Catalyst Technologies, the first technology incubator; Etak, the first car navigation system whose mapping is still the basis for car navigation systems today; Androbot, a personal robotics company; and ByVideo, the first online ordering system, which allowed customers to order and pay for product from kiosks. Additionally, he has consulted for numerous corporations, including IBM, Cisco Systems and US Digital Communications.

    Currently, Mr. Bushnell is devoting his talents to fixing education with his new company, Brainrush. His beta software is teaching academic subjects at over 10 times the speed in classrooms with over 90% retention. He uses video game metrics to addict learners to academic subjects.

    His Anti-Aging games project helps seniors avoid many of the problems of mental aging through game exercises that maintain mental flexibility and problem solving. He was most recently featured in the New Yorker magazine for this effort. Over the years, Bushnell has garnered many accolades and distinctions. He was named ASI 1997 Man of the Year, inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame, inducted into the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame and named one of Newsweek’s “50 Men That Changed America.” He is also highlighted as one of Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial icons in “The Revolutionaries” display at the renowned Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California.

    In March 2009, Bushnell was honored with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Fellowship Award (BAFTA) the highest accolade the Academy bestows, for his outstanding creative contribution to the Video Games Industry. He was similarly honored with a LARA award from the German Academy of Entertainment. Currently a biopic about Bushnell, tentatively titled Atari, is in pre-production. The story was acquired by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company and is set to star DiCaprio as Mr. Bushnell.

    Bushnell has created many business cultural innovations that have become the norm, including unique business planning sessions, flat egalitarian management organizations, casual work attire, play/work environments, creativity as a competitive weapon, and the innovator’s bonus. All can be traced to their first use at Atari and Chuck E. Cheese and later instilled at Apple and other Silicon Valley corporations.

    Bushnell received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah, where he is a Distinguished Fellow and attended Stanford University Graduate School.

  • Mark Lydon

    Board Observer

    Mark Lydon is a Managing Director at Intel Capital and leads investments for Intel’s Internet of Things Group. Mark is a voting member of Intel Capital’s investment committee. Mark joined Intel Capital in 2000 and brings over 25 years of experience in venture capital investing, business development, engineering and operations spanning both high tech startups and Fortune 100 companies. Prior to Intel Capital, Mark held a variety of management positions in engineering, business development, sales and marketing at Dialogic Corporation, helping the company grow from a startup to a worldwide leader in telecommunications technology.

    Mark began his career as an engineer at IBM, where he contributed to the development of the industry’s first integration of computer systems and telecom private branch exchanges. Mark invested in and managed exits for a number of companies including Vocera Communications (IPO on NYSE), Rapid Bridge (acquired by Qualcomm), Skyhook Wireless (acquired by Liberty Media), Continuous Computing Corporation (acquired by Radisys Corporation), China ITS (IPO on HKSE), IPTego (acquired by Acme Packets), Crossbeam (acquired by Blue Coat Systems) and Telera (acquired by Alcatel). Mark has a BS in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic University.