Paul Mikesell, who co-founded Isilon Systems in 2001, has recently said his goodbyes to Uber, and raised cash for an under-the-radar robotics startup based in Seattle, according to GeekWire.
Although details are not being publicly announced, Mikesell did say in an email to GeekWire that “we’re not talking about what we’re building yet, other than what you can guess from the name of the company.”
The company, called Maka Autonomous Robotics System, has raised $900,000 according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. Additionally, the Maka company has recently registered for a business license.
According to Mikesell, he will focus on three key areas: robotics, autonomy, and deep learning. “We’ve got a specific area that we are focused on,” he said. “We think there’s a huge market opportunity here.”
Although Mikesell said goodbye to Uber, he definitely helped shaped the company as director of infrastructure engineering. After spending four years at Uber, he helped a team grow from 30 to 280 people. Additionally, he helped facilitate the well-known transportation company to open its Seattle engineering office in 2015.
Mikesell has also touched base with his previous partner, Sujal Patel. Patel and Mikesell created Isilon Systems, a Seattle-based online storage company that was acquired by EMC in 2010 for $2.25 billion. Patel is also an investor for the unknowns of the Maka company.
“Paul is an exceptional entrepreneur and an incredibly talented engineer,” said Patel. “I am super excited to be working with him again on this new project.”