Speaker profile

Prasad Akella

Founder & CEO - Drishti

Dr. Prasad Akella, founder and CEO of Drishti, has the distinction of creating two massive market categories that use technology to extend the limits on human capabilities.

First, in the 1990s, Prasad led the General Motors team that built the world’s first collaborative robots (“cobots”, projected to be a $12B market by 2025). Then, in the early 2000s, as cofounder of the social networking pioneer Spoke, he envisioned and helped build the first massive social graph—a category that is now worth trillions. Prasad, today, is targeting his third category creation at Drishti. This time, he is working to combine the cognition of AI with the flexibility humans in factories.