Piaggio Fast Forward Company Overview
PFF was founded in 2015 by the Piaggio Group to pioneer the intelligent movement of people and goods. The company’s mission is to help people move better, further and faster, in ways that have not been possible before. PFF’s core product is Gita, a mobile-carrier that follows people on the go carrying up to 44 pounds. Gita encourages an active lifestyle for anyone who wants to move with ease, from millennials and parents to seniors and disabled individuals; it’s your answer for getting out the door without having to reach for the keys to the car. PFF seeks to promote walkable, livable, vibrant communities filled with enhanced transportation options that enrich the lives of all. PFF is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Jobs at Piaggio Fast Forward
Chief Executive 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 Creative 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
Prior to this, she was Head of Business Development for Plastiq, a venture-backed payments startup. As one of the first hires, she was responsible for many aspects of the business but primarily growing the company from 2-27 employees, setting the strategy for entering new industries and geographies, building and maintaining all partner relationships and growing the company to over $150mm in payments volume in under 2 years. Prior to that, she worked as an investment banker in the technology group at Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers. She worked on transactions worth more than $100 billion including several high-profile IPOs and M&A deals for such clients as Facebook, Yelp, and SanDisk. Before her career in finance she worked at Gucci Group (now PPR Luxury Group) and designed luxury business bags for women. Outside of finance and fashion, she has a love for food and has spent time consulting and investing in new restaurant concepts.
Having traveled to over 90 countries she was the 2016 Global Ambassador for Women in Travel and part of Phocuswright's 2015 Class of 35 rising stars in the travel industry under 35. She is passionate about tech and social entrepreneurship and is an active member of the Boston entrepreneurship community. She created the Entrepreneur Games, sits on the board of BUILD Boston, is an instructor at General Assembly, Youth CITIES, and the Startup Institute, and was part of the Future Leaders Group of MITX. She frequently lectures at Northeastern University and gives speeches around the world. In the free time she wishes she had more of, you can find her touring with her dance company, attempting to cook, sailing, planning future travel or exploring the great outdoors.
Chief Technology 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.
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!