SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Anki, the robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) company today appointed Dominic Ruso as Chief Financial Officer. Ruso is a proven senior business leader and brings more than 30 years of experience to Anki. He will spearhead the financial side of the business as the company continues to successfully expand into new territories and markets. To date, Anki has raised $130 million in funding.
"I'm thrilled Dominic has joined our executive team as we bring robotics and AI into more homes across the world," said Boris Sofman, Anki co-founder and CEO. "This technology is a very powerful tool to transform many industries. The challenge is to deliver viable robotic products to consumers at an affordable cost. Dominic's vast experience will help Anki navigate the financial complexities of the business as we scale internationally and continue to innovate and expand our product lines."
Ruso was formerly the CFO at Beats by Dr. Dre and served as the finance lead during the Apple integration. Prior to Beats, Ruso was the Channel Controller for EMEIA and held senior positions in Sales Finance in Cupertino. Before joining Apple, he spent many years at Cisco Systems, Inc., holding various senior positions in Finance and Operations.
Anki recently launched Anki OVERDRIVE in September 2015 and has been featured in top national gift guides including Today Show, Parents, Family Circle, CNET, Popular Mechanics, CNN and more. In the game, players command robotic Supercars using mobile devices as they battle and race on epic battlefields they construct in seconds. Players can challenge friends in a variety of game modes, or, go head-to-head with AI controlled Commanders in a quest to become champion of the Anki OVERDRIVE Tournament.
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Named one of the Top 50 Most Innovative Companies in 2015 by Fast Company, Anki is dedicated to bringing consumer robotics into everyday life, building on decades of scientific research to make artificial intelligence accessible to everyone. Founded in 2010 by Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute graduates, Anki creates consumer experiences using technology that was once confined to robotics labs and research institutes.