Piaggio Fast Forward Company Overview
Jobs at Piaggio Fast Forward
Chief Visionary Officer
Professor in Harvard University's Faculty of Arts and Sciences and at the Graduate School of Design, holder of the Carl A. Pescosolido Chair, he is a leading international figure in the digital media field, has led a number of pioneering software development and design projects, and is the author of an influential corpus of publications that includes twenty-five books and hundreds of essays. In addition to widespread coverage in the international press, Schnapp's research has received support from leading foundations such as John Simon Guggenheim, the National Science Foundation, Getty, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Hewlett, and Knight.
His work in the domains of design, digital arts, and curatorial practice includes collaborations with the Triennale di Milano, the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Canadian Center for Architecture.
Chief Executive Officer
For the last 30 years Greg Lynn has been at the intersection of the digital and physical in architecture. He is the founder of Greg Lynn FORM where in addition to award winning buildings he has designed industrial objects in production with companies like Swarovski, Alessi and Vitra. As the Design Advisor of the Palo Alto retailer Curbside he is responsible for the company's physical identity. He was awarded the Golden Lion at the 11th Venice Biennale of Architecture and returns to the American Pavilion for a second time in 2016 where he will represent the United States again. He has received the American Academy of Arts & Letters Architecture Award and is a Fellow of United States Artists. Time Magazine named him one of 100 of the most innovative people in the world for the 21st century. Forbes Magazine named him one of the world's ten most influential architects. He is a Studio Professor at UCLA, o. Univ. Professor at Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien and Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University. He is the author of eight books.
Chief Operating Officer
Mitchell comes to PFF from Seegrid Corporation, the first producer of vision-guided industrial vehicles. He was responsible for engineering, production, and technology development. Seegrid’s products are used in manufacturing, distribution and e-commerce.
Prior to that he was CTO for Brooks-PRI Automation, a supplier of advanced factory automation systems used by semiconductor manufacturers and equipment suppliers. Mitchell was President and founder of ProgramMation, Inc., which PRI Automation acquired in 1993 and co-founded United States Robots in 1980, which was acquired by Square D company in 1982.
Mitchell is co-author of the textbook “Industrial Robotics: Technology, Programming and Applications”, has taught automation and robotics courses at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University, and engineering design at MIT. Mitchell holds twenty-five patents on robotics and automation systems and has contributed automation papers for trade journal publication and trade presentations and has been featured speaker at many events. He is a member of standards organizations and is vice-chair of the F45 committee of ASTM which is developing standards for the performance measurement of Unmanned Ground Vehicles. He received a B.S. degree from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at M.I.T, and a Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property from Northeastern University.
Chief Financial Officer
Three fun facts:
1) Was a professional cyclist
2) Love to cook and attempt to make anything I can from scratch
3) Grew up on a ranch in Texas
EVP, Business Development
His career has been focused on building companies that deliver innovative and delightful consumer experiences across multiple industries. Prior to joining the team, Pritesh was the CEO and Co-founder of Ambient Devices, a spin out of the MIT Media Lab. Through his direction and management of Ambient's distribution partnerships, the company launched over one million units to the shelves of retailers including Best Buy & Walmart. Additionally, he has forged partnerships with the largest utility companies in North America where Ambient's products were used to impact home energy consumption and enable utilities to meet conservation goals. He led the strategic partnerships with data providers including AccuWeather and Dow Jones as well as with several wireless service providers. Pritesh was also instrumental in raising each of the company's financing rounds since inception, from both debt and venture investors.
Outside of work, he spends time with his wife and two pre-teens. On weekends you'll often find him pushing pedals or carving ice.
Piaggio Fast Forward Values
We are constantly innovating to make a difference. We merge design and technology to disrupt existing norms.
No cubicles, no walls, and no bureaucracy. We believe in creating flexible work environments where cross-functional teams work together.
The Piaggio Group has been a pioneer of light mobility for more than 130 years. High performance, sleek, and user-friendly vehicles run in our DNA.
Our motto is autonomy for humans. We work towards a collective effort that approaches robotics in a human-centered manner.
Perks and Benefits
- 100% company-sponsored medical and dental coverage
- 401K non-elective contribution
- Conferences and seminars
- Speaker series
- Industry specialists & creatives
- Personal finance consulting
- Paid parental leave
- Flexible working hours
- Unlimited PTO
- Monthly corporate outings
- Holiday parties
- Game room
- A full machine shop for you to build your own toys!
- Gym access
- Standing desks
- Monthly massage sessions
- Free parking
- Free MBTA passes
- Free access to our electric bikes, motorcycles, hoverboards and gitas!
Hard, novel and interesting problems to solve; great people, cool robots and a handful of dogs -- it's all good stuff.
My favorite part about working at Piaggio Fast Forward is the people. They create an environment at PFF that makes it a place I enjoy spending time. After all, PFF internally stands for Pretty Fun Friends. That’s what you’ll get working at PFF.
Being a part of pioneering something so innovative is truly special but it’s the people that keep me here and make me want to work hard. The fast growth always provides new challenges to solve and there’s the opportunity to learn as much as you want.
PFF is equal parts challenging and rewarding. I have the opportunity here to help build something from the ground up. At the same time I'm expanding my knowledge of design across disciplines through product development from concept to completion.