Starship Technologies Launch and Expansions Manager Kia Alborz E1
Innovation and being open to new ways of doing business is so important during this pandemic and beyond. This episode of MAC6 Community Connection Radio Show and Podcast showcased how communities, businesses and people are finding ways to connect even if our connection looks a little different.
Jennifer Burwell and Kyle McIntosh co-hosted their first episode of MAC6 Community Connection Radio Show and Podcast on May 13th at Phoenix Business Radio X. One of their new Co-manufacturing community members, Kia Alborz from Starship Technologies, joined them on air.
Since the beginning of the COVID 19 Pandemic, Starship made the shift from serving college campuses to serving local communities by delivering contact-free groceries and food from local stores and restaurants using robots. Talk about a pivot and innovation right?!
Starship Technologies’ delivery robots operate commercially on a daily basis around the world. The robots use a combination of sophisticated machine learning, artificial intelligence and sensors to travel on sidewalks and navigate around obstacles. The computer vision-based navigation helps the robots to map their environment to the nearest inch.
The robots can cross streets, climb curbs, travel at night and operate in a variety of weather conditions. A team of humans can also monitor their progress remotely and can take control at a moment’s notice.
The robots have traveled over 500,000 miles, crossed more than 5 million streets and completed more than 100,000 commercial deliveries.
Kia Alborz is Starship’s Launch and Expansions Manager. Kia graduated from Austin College in Sherman TX and St. Mary’s law school in San Antonio Texas and litigated for several years prior to working with startups.
Kia began launching markets for Lime, the micromobility company, directly prior to joining Starship.
ABOUT YOUR MAC6 COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS CO-HOSTS
With a background in marketing, in various for profit and not for profit companies, Kyle McIntosh wondered, “How can I pair the passion and commitment to community progress of a non-profit with the sustainability and reach of a for profit company?” From this question and perspective a mission evolved to tear down the false distinction between the two sectors and to promote companies with Conscious Capitalism® business models through MAC6.
Kyle is the President and Creative Excitant of MAC6. Day to day, his main operational role is on the “spaces” side of the business, focusing on creating thriving communities in the commercial office buildings, the co-working space, and the co-manufacturing space. The other role that he plays is that of EOS implementer, working with clients to bring the Entrepreneurial Operating System, from the book Traction® to their businesses. Additionally, he sits on the boards of Conscious Capitalism Arizona, telling the stories of good businesses in Arizona, and The Tempe Chamber of Commerce, sustaining Tempe’s quality of life and keeping our community and economy vibrant.
Kyle loves Arizona and wants to see us all collectively find great success based on the awesome things that are happening here every day.
Jennifer Burwell, joined MAC6 in 2013. Jennifer is their VP and Director of Programs. She uses her experience in real estate, team development and management to seamlessly integrate each of the MAC6 business units to assure they are all focused on the long-term company vision. She is also a student of human behavior.
As a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst, she uses her knowledge to facilitate culture-focused leadership programs with organizations of all sizes to integrate the company’s values and create higher-performing teams.
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