5 Questions with Terry Olkin of Longmont’s Left Hand Robotics

Longmont’s Left Hand Robotics has developed a first-of-its-kind commercial robot designed to clear snow from surfaces such as sidewalks. The startup company, founded in 2016 by Terry Olkin and Mike Ott, is allowing snow removal companies to try its product, the SnowBot Pro.


Left Hand Robotics cofounder Terry Olkin with “Snowbot” in Longmont, Colorado on March 13, 2018. (Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer)

Left Hand’s executives say demand for the robot has been strong and production is expected to ramp up in advance of next winter. We chatted with Olkin, a software engineer by trade and the firm’s CEO, to learn more about the robot and the business.

The following interview has been edited for length and clarity.

1. What’s your background and how did you get into robotics?

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