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BOUNDARY BREAKERS

Christian LaRosa

Christian LaRosa

Founder and CEO

An FAA-licensed remote pilot, Christian’s background is primarily in the space of aerospace engineering and bionics (biologically-inspired engineering). He has previously served on a student-led effort to develop a Pulsed-Plasma Thruster (PPT) under support from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Raytheon. Christian also participated in NASA Lucy’s L’SPACE NPWEE, developing a new method of lunar seismic data collection for the Marshall Space Flight Center. He carries intern experience with the Port of Tampa Bay in international logistics. His contribution is in leading the team in line with a technically complex vision.

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Q: How do you align your organization with a strong vision and mission?

A: The best way to inspire others is to bring out the best in them and let them find the parts of themselves they didn't know were there. It's not about aligning. It's about building genuine interest in a chunk of the future that can be made real. People can do so much when they know what they're capable of.

Q: What is the most important attribute of leaders today?

A: An obsession over seeing the cyclic, patterned world and how it works. It tends to hide brilliance in plain sight.

Q: When was a time you were scared during your career journey?

A: I'm scared most of the time, even now. Honestly, I'm terrified. There's always risk in the tech sector that something will go wrong. You have to have an extremely high tolerance for pain and the patience to match. What excites me though is when it goes right and you start to see it change people's lives. Entrepreneurship is wanting a better tomorrow than today. I don't think I'll ever trade that for peace.

Vanessa Alexander

Director of Organizational Development

Vanessa's background is primarily in the corporate and trade sectors. She holds a master of science degree in industrial and organizational psychology, where she learned to translate methods of management that create a workplace that is effective and desirable. In addition, she carries experience with the Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone (GMFTZ), one of the fastest growing trade zones in the western US, providing valuable knowledge of regional logistics. She has been a volunteer for the non-profit organization, ACES, for over 6 years.

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A: There are many things I am proud of, but I am especially proud to be a part of the team of leaders at Rosotics. I have always valued the responsibility of leadership and what comes with it. I am proud to demonstrate what good leadership looks like, be a part of a community and make decisions that can affect so many industries and people for the better.

Q: What's one thing that makes you most proud?

A: I value employees who are confident in their uniqueness and abilities. New and bold ideas are vital to any company's success and I value those who are willing to go against the grain, speak up and put those ideas into action.

Q: What are the qualities you look for in employees and why?

Q: How would those who know you describe you?

A: My friends and family would describe me as a lover of musicals and dance. Someone who loves to learn and reads every single piece of information at a museum.

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Austin Thurman

Austin Thurman

Chairman and COO

Austin's background is primarily in the finance and accounting sectors, believing in scaling the most powerful ideas from concept to market. He values integrity and a razor-sharp attention to detail. Austin has experience in accounting and financial planning, having worked in the past analyzing and organizing financial records for a restaurant corporation as well as working at a financial planning firm. Through studies in both management and finance, he clearly understands the societal impact of ideas. Fascinated by the future potential of swarm manufacturing, Austin now serves in upper management at Rosotics.

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A: Growing up I took the risk of not specializing outright but instead tried to be the best I could at everything I loved. I wanted to be the best student, baseball player, and violinist I could be and risked never becoming “great” at any one thing. But my involvement and deep dedication to these passions led to diversified success in my life which has molded me into the leader I am today.

Q: What's the most important risk you took and why?

A: Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom, Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins, and Stories That Stick by Kindra Hall

Q: What three books can you recommend?

A: Communication is one of the most crucial leadership qualities you can have. I am always working on active listening skills as well as the ability to articulate points effectively. Good communication will prevent many unnecessary fires from starting in a team and it will allow you to move forward together in an efficient way.

Q: What are the leadership qualities you are continuing to work on?

In pursuit of unparalleled quality, scale, and speed.

Rosotics produces hyper-efficient metal additive manufacturing solutions that solve tougher problems in industrial engineering. A pioneer of swarm robotics, we enable today’s manufacturers to additively manufacture structures that are normally difficult or impossible to print. We have developed a size-invariant additive manufacturing platform that utilizes autonomous aerial hardware to manufacture, which is able to fundamentally redefine manufacturing economics and logistics. The platform, known as Stinger, minimizes production hardware and mobilizes it at scale, learning from nature's greatest scale builders, who are able to build fast and efficiently when working together.

Long term, our intention is to utilize scale invariance in order to broaden the throughput and means of production at the large scale. We believe, by mimicking systems of nature in approach, that industrial engineering as we know it will experience a revolution.

Rosotics Corporation

Phoenix, AZ, United States of America

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