Welcome to Inc.'s Founders Project podcast with Alexa Von Tobel--where we bring you stories of the entrepreneurs building the future. Listen to tales of guts, inspiration, and drive that define the people and companies at the forefront of technology. Each week, we dig into a founder's professional playbook--and uncover what makes them tick. On this week's episode:
How to Find a Better Way with Dave Ferguson of Nuro
What would it look like to better everyday life through robotics? That's the question Dave Ferguson and Jiajun Zhu set out to answer in 2016. After working as the machine learning and computer vision lead at Waymo, Ferguson co-founded Nuro to focus on autonomous vehicles that deliver goods (not people). The company's focused approach--on transporting everything from produce to prescriptions--aims to cut down on the 100 billion vehicle trips we take to run errands each year. Nuro's vehicles have been piloted across Texas, Arizona, and California, and the company is valued at over $8 billion. Ferguson shares what it means to design a passenger-less vehicle, how Nuro supports a more sustainable relationship to consumption, and why he aims to make Nuro a company where employees do the best work of their careers.