Our story and culture

We are a small team of entrepreneurs, engineers and designers with a history of building great products.

About the cofounders

Matician's cofounders are third-time entrepreneurs.

Navneet Dalal and Mehul Nariyawala were early employees at Like.com, which was acquired by Google in 2010. Then in 2012, they cofounded Flutter (YC W12), which was acquired by Google in 2013. At the time of acquisition, Flutter was the #1 Mac Store app in 73 countries and its users had performed over 77 million gestures.

Prior to startups, Navneet earned a PhD in Computer Vision and his thesis on Histogram of Oriented Gradients (HOG) was a landmark research discovery with over 27,000 citations. Based on his research, Flutter used built-in webcams on laptops and phones to detect various gestures. The algorithms worked locally on the device with just a 800kB footprint, and yet, it beat state-of-the-art algorithms in terms of precision and recall accuracy including Google’s in-house algorithms.

Following acquisition, Flutter team joined Google Research and helped launch Google Cardboard. Later, the team moved over to Nest where Mehul was the Lead PM for Nest Cam and Navneet led the algorithms team. The team conceptualized and launched Nest Cam Outdoor, Nest Cam IQ, and Nest Hello Doorbell along with many computer vision features such as person and stranger detection.

After Nest, Mehul and Navneet co-founded Matician in August 2017, and grew the team to include Google, Tesla, and Cisco alumni with deep technical expertise across both hardware and software.

Working at Matician

All engineers are empowered to find projects at the intersection of their interests and product needs.

We are a mission-driven and tight-knit group, working in a fast-paced environment with high autonomy and ownership. We highly value learning and curiosity, and we have a high-risk culture where we seek 10x solutions with the understanding that we may not always succeed.

Everyone is directly responsible for a key component of the product. Still, as a small team, everyone is tasked with multiple roles from research to prototyping to recruiting.

We have flexible hours — some of us arrive at 9am and leave at 6pm, and some at 12pm and 9pm. We are all about getting things done.

Outside of work

We are in for the long haul. We believe in work-life balance.

We offer generous vacations and healthcare that covers 99% of the premium. We don’t compromise on your health and well-being. They are paramount.

We have weekly team lunches, monthly poker nights, book clubs, and offsites.

Any questions?

Feel free to connect with us.

Our team is made up of Navneet Dalal, Mehul Nariyawala, Gavin Li, Seungho Yang, Kyle Dhindsa, Anshuman Kumar, Vishal Jain, Kalli Bonin, Ambarish Balakumar, Praveen Batra, and Thi Bui.

We're based out of 430 Sherman Ave in Palo Alto.

If you're interested in building robots from the ground up, drop us a line at jobs@matician.com.

We are always looking for exceptional engineers and designers with an appetite for adventure and learning.

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