While working at his next job at a consumer electronics company, the "eureka moment" suddenly hit: What if products could walk and talk on their own? You could design a completely different kind of warehouse. And you could staff it with robots.
Mountz left that job in 2002 to start Kiva Systems, the Boston company that would bring that vision to life. Today, nearly a decade later, thousands of Kiva's bots run around filling orders for the Internet's a-list retailers, including Staples