Connie Hu is the CEO and Co-Founder of ArcBotics
, an award-winning robotics company whose mission is to make learning robotics easy and affordable. She and the rest of the ArcBotics team believe that anyone should be able to learn robotics, no matter their background. To that end, ArcBotics has created two flagship robots – Sparki and Hexy the Hexapod – to teach students and adults alike robotics, coding, and electronics. Connie was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30: Education in 2017, and her entrepreneurship work has been featured on Fast Company, Discover, Huffington Post, The Boston Globe, The Great Courses, in the book Make: 21st Century Robot, and more.
ArcBotics’ robots are used by over 2000 schools and top universities like Stanford, MIT, and Purdue to teach 150,000 students robotics and coding. ArcBotics has self-funded through profitable growth since starting in 2012, beginning with multiple successfully shipped Kickstarter campaigns totaling over $400,000 USD to 2500 backers. Their robots are now sold by over 20 global distributors including Barnes and Noble, Adafruit, and Micro Center.
Before ArcBotics, Connie was a management consultant at The Bridgespan Group (incubated by Bain and Co), the leading consultancy for global foundations and nonprofit organizations on strategic planning. Connie has an Honors B.A. in Anthropology from Dartmouth where she was President of the social enterprise society, President of the Casque and Gauntlet Senior Society, and worked on a 2-year thesis project investigating microfinance programs where she conducted original fieldwork in rural China over 4 months. She is a StartingBloc Fellow and a New Sector Alliance Fellow.
Connie is especially passionate about robotics education, the intersection of anthropology and technology, using technology to benefit under-privileged communities, and promoting more women-run businesses. She speaks on topics related to scaling a hardware startup, crowdfunding, bootstrapping businesses, and encouraging more women to start businesses. Among her speaking engagements have been the American Leaders Conference, MakerCon, and Middlesex Business School.
In her spare time, you can find Connie competing in national west coast swing dance competitions and reading a book a week. Connie immigrated from rural China, grew up in Kansas, and currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.