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Forensic Diplomacy - How to Rock out Production/Manufacturer Relations

Jen McCabe (Downtown Project)
Location: C260

At Romotive, we went from new concept design to full production ramp in about eight and a half months. We did this without incurring any non-recurring engineering expenses, as a first time team. We did this because we treated our contract manufacturing team and suppliers as full partners collaborating to reach the same end goal – building a tiny blue and white robot named Romo.

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Jen McCabe

Downtown Project

Jen McCabe runs the Nimbus Portfolio, an allocation of Tony Hsieh`s Vegas Tech Fund devoted to hardware. She leads seed and early stage investments in robotics, drones, hardware-as-a-service, connected devices, health peripherals, internet of things, interactive play, smart home companies, and attendant software developments including machine learning, machine vision, localization and mapping, 3d imaging, haptic technologies, and new operating systems.

During her tenure at Vegas Tech Fund, Jen has invested in LittleBits, Scanadu, Karma, Whill, Skycatch, Meta-View, Soundfocus, Other Machine Company, VIRES Engineering, Paracosm, Swapbox, and others.

Prior to finding and funding great hardware founders, Jen was an early employee at Romotive, a Sequoia-backed personal robotics company. She led early manufacturing and new product lifecycle activities for the company.

A YCombinator alum, Jen founded Contagion Health, a social exercise challenge site that encouraged friends and family to get healthy. The company was seed funded by Esther Dyson and Founders Fund Angel. Earlier in her career, Jen worked in healthcare management for Unity Healthcare in Washington, DC, where she also served on two nonprofit boards.

Jen is extremely passionate about making advanced tech accessible, renovating the way products are manufactured, and building a next-gen hardware community in Las Vegas. She has 5 tattoos, 3 pets, and boulders and sport climbs regularly in the Red Rocks Conservation area. Also, she enjoys polishing her personal robot collection, including a vintage 1980s era Tomy Omnibot named Ringo.