17. A Robot Mixologist to Spark Wellness Talks, with Dayo McIntosh

2022-04-14 · 1:12:24

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks to Dayo McIntosh, who is the founder of Yateou; Yateou is an early-stage startup that makes wellness products and has a customer facing robot, ADE, that personalizes customer orders. Dayo speaks about what motivated her to start Yateou, how she uses the robot arm, ADE, and about her plans for Yateou's future.


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  • 0:00:00 - Start
  • 0:01:24 - Introducing Dayo, Yateou, and the ADE robot
  • 0:04:35 - How does ADE work
  • 0:10:09 - Putting ADE in a truck
  • 0:14:08 - Keeping it simple
  • 0:17:02 - Having ADE stolen!
  • 0:19:34 - Customer experiences so far
  • 0:21:53 - ADE and the novelty effect
  • 0:24:04 - Deciding to use a Kuka arm
  • 0:26:40 - Dayo’s background
  • 0:28:18 - Getting into beauty products
  • 0:32:07 - Finding a place for ADE
  • 0:34:26 - Focusing on the customer experience
  • 0:36:11 - The value of self-care products
  • 0:44:41 - Yateou team
  • 0:51:39 - Yateou’s direction
  • 0:56:54 - First hires
  • 0:58:05 - Yateou’s funding so far
  • 1:04:11 - Lessons learned
  • 1:10:54 - Contact info

Transcript

The transcript is for informational purposes and is not guaranteed to be correct.

(0:00:02) Audrow Nash

This is a conversation with Dayo McIntosh, who is the CEO and founder of Yateou. Yateou is an early stage startup that makes wellness products and has a customer facing robot ADE, that personalizes customer orders. One thing that I found cool about Yateou is that they put it on a truck that's kind of like a big food truck that has a big window so that customers can see it working to make a customized order. It's an interesting way to draw people in so that Yateou can start a conversation with them about wellness, which is where Diana's interest in the idea started. I enjoyed talking to Dayo to hear about her experience with Yateou. Her background is in robotics. So it's interesting to hear about how she came to using her robot arm ADE, as well as hearing about the challenges she's encountered to get to where she is, such as having her truck with the robot stolen. And it's also interesting to hear about the clever things that she's doing to manage the complexity in her growing new business. I'm Audrow Nash. This is the sense think act podcast. Thank you to our founding sponsor open robotics. If you enjoy this interview, please consider subscribing. And now here's my interview with Dayo. Hi, Dayo, would you introduce yourself?

(0:01:27) Dayo McIntosh

Hi, Audrow My name is Dayo G. McIntosh, and I'm the founder and CEO of Yeto.

(0:01:34) Audrow Nash

Would you tell me about Yateou?

(0:01:37) Dayo McIntosh

Yes, yeah, so is this sustainable clean beauty and wellness brand. We create products that are all natural vegan, cruelty free and ethically sourced. And the unique thing about what we do is that we've incorporated robotics to bring that technology front and center to the beauty and wellness industries.

(0:01:56) Audrow Nash

And how do you use robots?

(0:01:59) Dayo McIntosh

So right now we have our essential oil mixologist robot called ADE. ADE is the first consumer facing robot for the beauty and wellness industries. And currently we have ADE stationed in a moving truck, making it mobile so we take Addie to different events, markets and things like that. And people can interact and interface directly with ADE to create customized and personalized personal care and wellness products. Gotcha. What,

(0:02:35) Audrow Nash

what does it look like?

(0:02:38) Dayo McIntosh

Addie is a Kuka robot. It is about two feet tall. And it's a manipulator. It's an arm. It's a robotic arm. And again, it sits in a truck with a transparent glass that people can see. See and watch ADE in action.

(0:03:00) Audrow Nash

Gotcha. So you said Abby, Eddie's the next mixologist. What does that mean? What does that actually doing?

(0:03:08) Dayo McIntosh

So similar to a bartender, right? We have ADE going to different dispensing vats to create products, again, tailored to each individual person's like personal care and wellness goals. And once. So for example, we have an interface and someone like you would go up to the interface, for example, a screen a tablet, and say, hey, I want to mix this ingredient with this ingredient. And I want it to smell like this. And that would kick it into gear. And that's how we create personalized products.

(0:03:46) Audrow Nash

Super cool. So for this, is there any like? So if I say my skin is super dry, and I want it to smell like oranges, or something like this? Does it? Does Addie come up with a recipe or dive to say I want to this much I don't know, shea butter in it or this much whatever. How does that work? Is it recommended based on goals? Or is it like I know the ingredients.

(0:04:13) Dayo McIntosh

So the full picture, the full rein skill of this is to have give consumers the options to customize and mix and match however they want. But rolling out we're going to start out with pre made orders that people can adjust. So it's more of an adjustment than a full blown customization feature.

(0:04:34) Audrow Nash

Yeah. Oh, gotcha. And how does so for ADE to do its mixologist work? How does Addie actually go to the dispensers or other dispensers robotic to does that he push into something and it comes out like a soap container or how does it work?

(0:04:52) Dayo McIntosh

So the dispensers are not robotic. So they are actually wine bottles that we've added dispenser or would you call it droppers to them sort of thing. And the idea behind that is that we wanted to eliminate as much or I wanted to eliminate as many possible holdups by limiting the number of automations or automated pieces we had in this operations. So ADE is the only robotic automated piece in this whole setup, and it goes to each bottle depending on what you select and pushes up on the dispensing nozzle, that's what I was looking for pushes up on the nozzle, and that releases a set amount of liquid ingredients for the product.

(0:05:42) Audrow Nash

So it's kind of like one of those soap dispensers and restrooms where you you push the thing and a little bit comes out

(0:05:47) Dayo McIntosh

exactly, it's exactly like that, or something you'd see at a bar, for example, I don't know if you've seen those. Those dispenser actually, I think they have them now at home, like you have those mobile bars that you can install in your kitchen. And they all have like nozzles that you attach to the bottom of, of Yeah, like a cocktail bottle or liquor bottle, and then you just push up on that, and then you get what you want.

(0:06:15) Audrow Nash

Gotcha. And then how do you how do you control Addie? For this? So does it does that he know the position of all of the different ones. And you can say option one, option two option, it will go push option one, option two, option three.

(0:06:28) Dayo McIntosh

That's exactly how it's set up. Yes. And currently it is not fully automated. And that's what I'm working towards. So for the time being, we use the Teach pendant, what we call a teach pendant. It's sort of like a controller. So think of like a game, a game controller, for example that you use to with your console. So instead of that, like we have this teach pendant, and I can call out the different positions that I want ADE to visit with the Teach pendant, and that keeps adding together.

(0:07:02) Audrow Nash

So how does the Teach pendant what I'm imagining is like a big pen kind of thing with maybe like a bunch of QR tags or some some fiducial markers on top and you like hold it into a spot and there's a camera looking at it and you click it or something? And it says okay, here is the location I want? Or is that how it works?

(0:07:19) Dayo McIntosh

No, think of a really industrial looking tablet. Oh, okay. So that's exactly what the Teach pendant is the controller. And so like, on this tablet, we have all the different programs, we have different positions. And if I want it to go to bottles one and seven, I enter that into the Teach pendant on to the Teach candidate and make that selection and click press or go play. And that again. gets it going.

(0:07:55) Audrow Nash

Gotcha. So you select all of the things you want it to do on this. Exactly. It's like I want I want it to go to one and seven, whatever. And then it will grab the bottle, bring it over there. How do you get it to know the initial positions of the bottles where it has to push to get the stuff?

(0:08:14) Dayo McIntosh

I'm sorry? Can you how do we?

(0:08:16) Audrow Nash

So if you if you have all the dispensers up? How do you? So if you add a new dispenser to the right, say a bit further away? How would you tell it that there's one over there that it could go push for option 10? Say

(0:08:30) Dayo McIntosh

so right now everything is controlled, we have a limited amount of dispensers, we have 20 of them. So 20 positions that are set. So if we're introducing a new ingredient, we're taking something else out. So like it doesn't go beyond the set parameters that we have in place right now. And

(0:08:50) Audrow Nash

warming up for the first ones. So for all 20 of those. How did you tell Addie all those positions.

(0:08:57) Dayo McIntosh

Um, so that was programmed. We programmed it. And I worked with engineers to come up with a programming for this. And so that was hard coded. Yeah. And so adding those position one is, you know, to disagree. Yes. Away from Me. And yeah, so you can get to all those positions. Without knowing what exactly is there, right. It's just going to position.

(0:09:24) Audrow Nash

Yep. And how does so if you want to do you want to make a custom mix for someone? Is it kind of like these different dispensers will top off the bottle. So you have like, maybe you can pick the framework fragrance and that's like one dispenser, and you can add some extra attribute like extra moisturizing or whatever it might be. And that makes it a little bit custom but is it largely made already, and you're just adding like a little topping to it.

(0:09:55) Dayo McIntosh

Exactly. It's largely made already and what we're working on right now So you can make adjustments to the, to the recipe.

(0:10:04) Audrow Nash

Gotcha. Very cool. Yeah. So and then this is all in a truck, and that truck has a big sheet of glass. So you can look and watch the robots working. Can you tell me a bit about that?

(0:10:19) Dayo McIntosh

Yes. So when I set out the goal, and again, the vision still for this is to be in a brick and mortar store, to be sort of like the central point where people can come together. And it's going to be a safe place for self discovery for exploration, like finding clean, natural ingredients and products that work for your hair, skin and wellness in general. And so that was the goal. But living in the Bay Area, we all know that real estate here is really expensive. And so when that didn't seem feasible, I had to think outside the box, and that's where the idea of the trucking came about, I really liked the idea of having this experience, right, we're building this experience for people that will sort of engage them and get the conversation going about what they're using, in their, like, on their bodies, for example, and what their overall personal care and wellness like regimen. Resume is. And so that was the idea behind this. So you walk up to the truck and and immediately you get this experience, right, you're walking up and right in front of us is robots, you know, working to create a product tailored for you.

(0:11:37) Audrow Nash

And so the way that it looks for the customer is they come up to you and your truck or whoever you're working for it. And then they talk to you for a little bit and then you poke on your teach pendant or whatever you call it a tablet. Yes. And then do you do you hand ADE a bottle? Does that ego pick one up? Or how does it work?

(0:11:58) Dayo McIntosh

So right now we have it set have different trees, the different bottle sizes in the truck. So when we make the selection, it knows what bottle to go to based on what we've selected. So if we pick a small bottle, it will go to tray one. Medium bottle tree two, large bottle tray three. And so that's how it's currently set up. Yes. So we don't do any of the like handling of bottles or ingredients like everything is housed again in the truck. And ADE manages that whole setup. So the same?

(0:12:31) Audrow Nash

How does that he pick up the bottle? Because that seems like a kind of tough task. So you have some sensors, like you have a camera or some sort of like physical sensors or something for telling where the bottles are?

(0:12:44) Dayo McIntosh

Or how do you know. So that's something that we're putting into place. But right now, everything is hard coded. So we can't afford to, you know, move anything. So those trays are bolted into the ground so that regardless of where we go with the trust, like nothing moves, and so that position is always constant. So it always knows if they want a small bottle, I go to this position. Open up my gripper and there's going to be something there for me.

(0:13:15) Audrow Nash

Yeah, but so getting a bottle on a tray. The tray is fixed, but like it has a bunch of bottles on it. Correct? How does it go and grab a bottle on a fixed tray? Is it just you have like a bunch of bottles sitting in kind of like, I don't know, separate sections for each bottle and it goes in it knows that this one is empty. Now it goes to the next one.

(0:13:39) Dayo McIntosh

How does it sell a bottle? So everything that we've done right now has been like really rudimentary, right? eliminating any, any potential? Yes, any uncertainty or any

(0:13:50) Audrow Nash

possibility of vacation for small, medium and large and you replace it every time or

(0:13:54) Dayo McIntosh

Yes. So we have a long tray and I feed in the bottles or whoever feeds in the bottles. And then we have it on an incline. So whenever ADE grabs up, it slides down. Exactly, exactly. It's clever. Yeah.

(0:14:08) Audrow Nash

I really liked the approach you're taking, which is like, keep the problem as simple as possible, because you can always grow and there's no need to like automate everything, especially while you're testing out an idea. Right. And so I really like it that it's so clever because you have three spots and the bottles just slide down into it.

(0:14:26) Dayo McIntosh

Exactly. So one of my biggest fear when I started doing this, I did a lot of research about a lot of like consumer facing robotic applications, right. And I found that the number one problem that customers or people seem to speak about was that these different applications they were always down like they weren't. They weren't working. They weren't working often. And the problem with that is if you have so many are different stations that are all automated If you run the risk of like one or the other going down, and so you're constantly fixing a problem. And so when I set out to do this, I wanted to simplify it as much as possible, again to begin with and figure out the rest as we, as we grow as we as we move forward. And so like everything is super simple. What I'm building right now, yeah, yeah, it's it's been good so far.

(0:15:26) Audrow Nash

And how so Okay, now ADE has picked up a bottle from one of a set of spots. So you say a small medium or a large bottle, or whatever the sizes are, she grabs one, and then pushes and adds a few different things from the dispensers. I assume the bottles have no tops. Yes, correct. So you can squirt right into it. And then does ADE like, is there like a little door or something where ADE puts the bottle for you to give it to the customer? Or how does that like the whole process now?

(0:15:56) Dayo McIntosh

Okay, so let's say you walk up to the truck, you're like, Hey, do I want this product. And I wanted this way, I input that selection onto the Teach pendant that keeps adding together, it moves over to the trays with the with the product bottles grabs a bottle, small, medium, or large, takes that and goes to the dispensers on the wall. So if you selected product number one and seven, for example, it would go to product one, or dispenser one dispenser seven. And once that's done dispensing, it would deliver the bottle to two cutouts that we have in the truck. So in the truck we have we cut out two doors, think of it as a trap door, two doors with a revolving revolving tray. So as you would place the bottle on the tray on the inside of the truck, we would revolve that tray and it would appear on the outside of the truck for the customer to grab.

(0:17:00) Audrow Nash

Cool. Okay. So, with this, how long have you been doing this? So how long have you had the truck setup with?

(0:17:10) Dayo McIntosh

Ooh, two years. Two years? A little over two years? Yeah. So we started doing our beta and showcasing it in q4 of 2019. And then, as we all know, COVID hit right, the next year. And so all of that shutdown. And actually it was stolen. And so that set us back. And so we've been in the process of like rebuilding. So that, you know, as things have opened back up, we can get back out there. I'm showcasing and doing what we do.

(0:17:43) Audrow Nash

So you don't currently have an Audi replacement ADE.

(0:17:48) Dayo McIntosh

Yeah, it's a funny story. So now I currently have two ADDYs. So the original ADE was still the truck was stolen with Abby. Yeah, they It's wild. They ended up destroying the truck. Taking the computer, the brains behind it. So it is a manipulator, right. It's just the arm, the hardware, and then you have the controller the brains behind it. So they took that I'm guessing they took it for the wires. So that was missing. And so I have to start over purchasing you ADE. And so now I just have the manipulator the arm for the first one.

(0:18:31) Audrow Nash

That's crazy. I can't believe just how did they steal your truck? With this? Did it like at night? You just found your truck missing or Yeah, kind of thing? Are you in the Oakland area? Or were

(0:18:42) Dayo McIntosh

you? No, I'm actually I would consider this the suburbs. I live in New work close to Fremont and just across the bridge from like Menlo Park and Palo Alto. So yeah, that that was devastating. Yeah, like I said, it was right before the lockdown. So no one was working. Everything was shut down. And so we just started rebuilding at the end of last year.

(0:19:11) Audrow Nash

Gotcha. I just had a friend who had his car stolen, and they just found it recently been so crazy that

(0:19:18) Dayo McIntosh

it is. Yeah.

(0:19:21) Audrow Nash

Yeah. Your robot truck.

(0:19:24) Dayo McIntosh

And my robot truck. Yeah, like a whole truck. I was like, how do you steal a whole truck? But yeah, that happened. So it's part of the year two story.

(0:19:34) Audrow Nash

Gosh, now, so two years a lot. Some have some difficulties with like the truck being stolen and COVID. But how have customers been engaging with ADE and how has the experience been and the times that you have been in front of people?

(0:19:51) Dayo McIntosh

So um, so we debuted ADE unofficially at Afro tech. So the time which is November berth 2019, it was just a really great opportunity to, like, showcase Addie, and have a crowd of people where we could get feedback and just kind of gauge people's reactions. And so that was a really awesome experience, we got a lot of feedback, we got a lot of interest. And we were really excited to launch after that, based on the interest and the excitement that we found, or that we received, being at that event. And yeah, so it just, again, all of that, the lock downs, the theft, all of that set us back, but we're gearing up again, to go back out there. And we know that we're going to have the same amount of like excitement and interest that we had initially. So that's what motivates us to keep going. And that's what we're looking forward to.

(0:20:49) Audrow Nash

And the any like funny stories about people being just like, thrilled or anything when the robot gives them their custom product or anything.

(0:20:59) Dayo McIntosh

So when we launched, we weren't actually or when we did our beta back then we weren't actually in operation. So everything is just like, online right now. You can buy premade products online, but we haven't actually ever started selling via adding those evolving demos. And again, yeah, we were we were all of our plans were, you know, shifted by but in disarray, by everything that has happened. Yeah. When

(0:21:33) Audrow Nash

that happened. Yeah.

(0:21:36) Dayo McIntosh

So we were really excited to again, have this experience of actually selling with Addie and gauging customer experience, user experience. And, again, getting that feedback. I think that's really important. As we iterate and as we grow. Right. So

(0:21:52) Audrow Nash

what So you mentioned it a little bit, but the hope with Addie, is it start? So basically, people come for the robot, and then it engages them in meaningful conversation about their self care effectively. Yes, that's yeah, the draw of the robot and then maybe build a community around this. Yeah.

(0:22:12) Dayo McIntosh

Well, so at ease, definitely a novelty, right. We haven't built into a truck. And I don't think right now is with the right love until like, it makes me super excited. And and robotics is the future of so who knows what will happen. But it is a novel team. And the idea is that the efficacy of our products will bring people back to say that it serves two purposes. First, it's experiential retail. So again, you're having this experience, people have this fun, it's you're having conversations, you're having community, right around this really fun, this novel, really interactive, unique experience, right. And then the other hand is operational efficiency. So we envision a time where the second it will be put to use in the back fulfilling orders and manufacturing. And so that's that's the goal, the single robotic arm can turn out based on our calculations, let's say about 500 products in a 24 hour period. And even more than that, so that definitely kicks into gear, what we're doing, and we're able to put out huge volumes, as control all of them.

(0:23:24) Audrow Nash

Doing it manually. How long would that take? You to do?

(0:23:27) Dayo McIntosh

Yeah. I mean, 500 Do you have someone like making that? I would say maybe, like less than half of that. Possibly. But then you don't have people working? 24/7 Right. Like,

(0:23:40) Audrow Nash

definitely. We manual and repetitive and like yeah, not

(0:23:45) Dayo McIntosh

rather, exactly. would rather people would rather the humans use that time to engage and interface with customers and have meaningful conversations versus doing this manual? Taxing indexing work?

(0:24:00) Audrow Nash

For sure. Oh, what a cool thing. Yeah. Let's see. So how, I guess how did you pick a Kuka arm? Like those are? Like, I believe pretty expensive arms? They're like really nice arms? Yeah. I think like, I mean, you don't have to give me the exact number but I think like $40,000 for like one of those arms. Something.

(0:24:24) Dayo McIntosh

That's That's exactly right. They are quite expensive. That is a very good question. I have to this day I I don't know I just have this fascination with Kuka specifically have this fixation on Kuka. And it again, it's unexplainable. I don't know why. But I think the few times I've been around robots, they've been cool. Cuz so that may explain that. But as far as the cost, you're absolutely right. They're all super expensive. And for someone who's like bootstrapping, And so big expense all at once. It's a big expense. And so when I set out working with limited funds, I send an SOS and this is what I call it an SOS different robotics groups that I was a part of asking if someone if anyone had any, like, used robots, you know, that they could sell sell to me for a certain amount of money. And someone happened to respond. And at the time, she was the CEO for Cafe X, the coffee robot in the Bay Area. Cool. And she just responded and say, Hey, we have this, this arm in the back. It's been there for years. We don't even know if it works. But you're more than welcome to have it. Yeah. And so that's how we got started. So I got that for like a fraction, like maybe 10% of the cost of what so what else? Yeah, yeah. So that's, that's my wild, wild acquisition story. The very first

(0:26:01) Audrow Nash

one. Did you did something similar for come through for the second one? Or how did

(0:26:05) Dayo McIntosh

for the second one, we just got? We're able to use the insurance money? Payout from the last Yeah, to

(0:26:13) Audrow Nash

whatever. I mean, that like it works out for I mean,

(0:26:16) Dayo McIntosh

it I mean, yeah, I would rather that didn't happen. But like, I know, you know, that was that was great, right, that we had this option? And because replace Yeah, we could we could very easily replace what was so

(0:26:30) Audrow Nash

I'm glad it was insured. Gosh,

(0:26:32) Dayo McIntosh

I know. Yeah, it all worked out well.

(0:26:38) Audrow Nash

And then. So now, actually, would you would you tell me a bit about your background? Because you've mentioned so you're not an engineer, but you this whole project? Like? How did you come to this?

(0:26:51) Dayo McIntosh

That is a very good question. Like I get that question a lot. Because it just doesn't make sense. Right? And

(0:27:00) Audrow Nash

well, it doesn't matter. It's I think it makes sense. But yeah,

(0:27:03) Dayo McIntosh

I love robotics. So for me personally, I've always been fascinated by innovation and just technology in general. I think that's just my personality. There's this, I have this very curious nature. And I'm again, fascinated, that's that's the only way to put it fascinated by how things work, and just the innovation behind it. And so when I started set out to create a business, I wanted to incorporate that fascination with innovation with robotics into what I was doing, again, knowing that this is the future. So I tell people, I'm not an engineer, I'm not a technologist by any stretch of the imagination. My background is actually in project management and program management. And I've done that for the last. I did that over 10 years across the energy, oil and gas tech industry and real estate industry. And so I think those the acquired skill sets over you know, 10 years has really helped me in my bootstrapping efforts with the limited resources I have to get it and yet so to where it is today.

(0:28:18) Audrow Nash

How did you so how did you pick that you wanted to I mean, that just the all the decisions along the way are really how did you pick Consu? So robotics okay, I get it. You're fascinated by technology. And so you wanted to do something with technology didn't Is that how it started? But then like, how did you get into beauty products? Or like self care products?

(0:28:46) Unknown

Yeah. Yeah, kind

(0:28:48) Audrow Nash

of marry the two ideas

(0:28:51) Dayo McIntosh

that's yeah, I was laughing because yeah, go on.

(0:28:55) Audrow Nash

And then fit them to the together and say we can make a robot through the final mix further. Yeah. It's interesting how you how you've arrived at this

(0:29:05) Dayo McIntosh

Yeah, like hearing you say it and hearing people say it I had made it is crazy. Like I could never have you know, orchestrated this on my own. I think things just came together and lined up in a way that made so much sense. And now looking back I'm just I guess, amazed at what has transpired. So I started yet so after going through a really challenging point in my life. I don't know if you're familiar with, you know, the stats that the medical community has put out has put out about the lack of safe products in the market. And like the toxic ingredients and chemicals that we've seen, okay, so the beauty industry is unfortunately, notorious for lacks regulations around the ingredients and chemicals in a lot of the products that we use. And not only that, it hasn't always been inclusive, it didn't always cater to everybody, right? There were certain demographics that were left out such as myself women of color. And you learn that the average woman uses about 12 products on a daily basis that exposes her to about 168, chemicals, ingredients, a lot of which have now been linked to everything from like allergies to cancer, and even reproductive dysfunction, which hits a bit too close to home for me. And so that's my story. That's the background of of this, right. And so going through that really challenging point in my life, I decided or determined that I wanted to take better care of myself, I wanted to invest in my well being, I wanted to be conscious about the products that I was using, just as I was conscious about the food I was eating, right. So I, I tend to eat healthy. And so I wanted to also have that reflected in, you know, the rest of my my well being, like the products I use and things like that. So I spend time doing a lot of research, but I was really disappointed with the lack of safe and again, inclusive products in the market, things have gotten much better, because there's more awareness now. But at the time, it was just sorely lacking. And so I started mixing and matching products in my kitchen, I started creating products for myself. And that process was just very restorative and very therapeutic. And so I wanted to, I guess offer that to others who were on similar paths who are looking for solutions that were chemical free, non toxic, vegan, cruelty free. And so that's how yet to get started. And from that, the idea of marrying technology to that because again, where the world is evolving, right? And so I wanted to evolve or create a brand, the company that will be around and relevant not just for today, but for the future. And so that's where the idea of robotics came into intervene and marrying that together.

(0:32:06) Audrow Nash

So the desire to start the company because of the lack of options, lack of inclusive options, and then the lack of safe options that came first. And then yes, you then had the idea to put the robot. How did you fit the robot into the like, how did you go? This is how I can use a robot in this situation?

(0:32:31) Dayo McIntosh

Like the aha moments? Yeah, I don't. Again, I couldn't even tell you a pinpoint like, this is exactly what happened that, that set that in motion. It's just something clicked at some point. And I was like, I'm going to use the robots to create this really awesome experience for people and get that conversation started. And who knows, it may have been I mean, I've been primed from, you know, maybe robots as seen throughout my life, or just different impressions. I can't exactly pinpoint, you know, the specific moment and the specific moments, but it just clicked one day, I was just like, and this is what we're doing. And we're going to incorporate robotics and it's all going to like mesh. I like the way you said it. I say this a lot. We married the apothecary with robotics. And that's what we're doing at marrying this

(0:33:27) Audrow Nash

security. Or it's what's apothecary, I don't know the word.

(0:33:31) Dayo McIntosh

And the classic carry is for Yeah, in the past where you'd go to have I guess someone that came to a pharmacist back then create these like potions or concoctions that you use for you. Exactly. So I like that idea of being very authentic, being very traditional, right? We're not we're not using product or ingredients that people have never heard don't know how to pronounce. It's all natural stuff. Right? And so just again, going with that age old idea and marry that with this technology. I think it just checks the box for me of this beautiful like the old for representation. Yeah, exactly. Just marrying the old and the new. Yeah, it's I think it's beautiful. So

(0:34:24) Audrow Nash

yeah, no, yeah, I like it too. And one thing I'm struck by is your care about the experience rather than just like pumping out products. How did you decide to focus on the experience more than like, say just making a bunch of them and like promoting with ads or like whatever other companies often do.

(0:34:48) Dayo McIntosh

It goes back to So yeah, tell means exceptional. And it's from yerba. It is Nigerian so Yoruba is a true I live in Nigeria. And yet so comes from the Yerba tribe. So yes, it means exceptional because we acknowledge that there's no one size fits all, when it comes to beauty and wellness, like we're all different. What might work for you might not necessarily work for me and vice versa, right. And so, the idea behind this was that people have this platform to create products tailored to their unique goals and needs and wants. And that was the idea, the driving force behind like, the name, the brand, everything we're doing, right, the individual individualization and personalization of creating something for you, that will force you or encourage you, or empower you to invest in your well being and take better care of yourself. Because when you do that, when you feel good, when you look good, it all translates to every aspect of your life and your your quality of life is so much better. And so that is that is what we're about, right? We want people to have a better quality of life, so that they can really enjoy the one life they have to live.

(0:36:09) Audrow Nash

Gotcha. Now, I don't know very much about like, I don't know, like, I mean, I use lotion, but that's about the extent. Okay. Can you tell me like, I don't really know, the so if I didn't use lotion? Or if I, and then all the what are some of the other products? And what's kind of the importance of all of these? Like, you say you feel really good. And that's if you feel really good, you're more confident or things like Yes, but how does it kind of fit? And how can it specifically help a person to invest in their own? What do you call it?

(0:36:43) Dayo McIntosh

Well, being well being? Yes. So we don't do like makeup, right? We're more about the personal care. So it's, again, if you think about all those chemicals and ingredients that are toxic and affect your health. That's what we mean about feel good, right? It's not an artificial, we're, we're really concerned about actually feeling good. You know, like, you're healthy, you're, well, when you're healthy, you're happy, right? Imagine if you have allergies, or you have cancer as a result of what you're using. It affects your outlook, right and your, your carriage in general, just because you're you're miserable, you're in pain or your whatever it may be. So imagine being well, you're well, you're healthy, you feel good, you're able to enjoy

(0:37:35) Audrow Nash

things in life that you want to do that you

(0:37:37) Dayo McIntosh

want to do. Yeah, and I think it seems, or right. And it might seem so yes, exactly. And it might seem so trivial, but like things like that really matter. And again, it's it translates to every aspect of your life. If you're healthy. And well, you're, you're happy, you know, because you're not afflicted by, you know, all these other things that might, you know, casts cast a shadow or impact you negatively, you know,

(0:38:10) Audrow Nash

yeah, you're never I don't know, it's like, if you're healthy, you don't think about it. But if you're unhealthy about it.

(0:38:17) Dayo McIntosh

Oh, you think about it. Yeah. And your constant. It's a constant reminder. Yeah.

(0:38:25) Audrow Nash

And so you can't do other things, because you're preoccupied with just like health and existence and this kind of Exactly, exactly. You're saying allergies, you said reproductive issues. cancer, cancer. Yeah. And these are these are coming. Like they're positively linked to products that are often used in the beauty industry.

(0:38:46) Dayo McIntosh

There are links to chemicals and ingredients that we see in everyday products that that we use, and that's alarming, right? For sure. It's alarming. And again, these are, it's it's new research, right? The the medical community is now linking them to these things, but it's because of the awareness. So there's a organization called the EW G and there's several other ones coming out, that are focused on bringing awareness to things like this so that we can change or the government can change those lacks regulations, like we need to do better, because people are ill, they're they're unwell because of I mean, there's a direct correlation many times. So if we're able to, like make those adjustments and make those changes, just imagine how happier how, like, better off people would be in general.

(0:39:40) Audrow Nash

Yeah, they get on with their lives rather than worrying about things or what exactly yeah, and have lived the life they want to live rather than what they're Yeah, they're having health difficulties or unable to have kids. Yeah, something like that.

(0:39:54) Dayo McIntosh

Exactly. And so we're going to, you know, get that conversation started with ADE. Big engage people draw them in again with this, you know, fascination, this novelty. But really we're after the, the the core of the matter, like the meat of it is that we want people to be intentional about how they take care of themselves what they use, so that they have a better life.

(0:40:22) Audrow Nash

Oh, yeah, I really like that. Yeah. So what's the what's the range of products that you're mostly offering?

(0:40:29) Dayo McIntosh

Yeah. So we started off with Hair Skin and aromatherapy oils. So right now we just offer oils and butters. So you mentioned you use lotion. And butter is similar to lotion, but it doesn't have water. Like, the consistency of lotion is like very light. Yeah, butter is very thick. So think of mushy butter. Yeah, exactly. Oh, do you Okay, yeah, exactly. So we offer things like that. Again, I talked about the hair for your skin. And then the diffuser oils, there are my therapy oils or the fuser oils. So essential oil blends, that you would add to your diffuser. And it just, it's it, it changes the mood, right, it has an impact on your mood. And those are, again, when we say we say well being, because that encapsulates personal care, beauty and wellness in general.

(0:41:29) Audrow Nash

Gotcha. And just for the essential oils and things that so that the world smells like the oils, right? So like you put it in something and it like bubbles it or something, and it makes it so that everything smells really nice. And you're saying that's tied to mood and things like this. I admit I'm really unsophisticated.

(0:41:47) Dayo McIntosh

That's fine. A lot of people don't know about this. But it's so essential oils have because they are very natural. They're very potent, do derived from plants from roots, whatever, they're potent, and they're effective, right? They've been known, we can make any claims because those haven't been cleared yet. But they've been known to help with, like stress to, to help with depression many times, like there's a long list of what are the benefits of essential oils? Again, we can't make any direct claims, because there's still a lot of like research and that needs to go into that. To make them you know, things that are allowable of sorts. Yeah. So they've been known to, to help with certain things with health, right, and the well being and they've been used for years for, you know, for a long time only say since the beginning of the world, but very long, so So yeah, so we're just tapping into the benefits of those things. And again, when you defuse these things, they they help with those ailments. Like for example, we have a blend we call sleep. It has camo mill, it has cedar wood, and it has French lavender. And that is to help you have like a retinol. Yeah, it does. It smells amazing. It helps you have like restful, peaceful sleep, or sleep. And so again, it all ties back to improving the quality of life. Right? If you get good rest your you function better during the day, so yeah,

(0:43:30) Audrow Nash

yeah, I mean, I, like even I am not speaking about the efficiency of any of these towards like actually carrying anything, or fixing or reducing. But even from like a habit perspective, which I'm big into habits, like if you play the same music at the same time, every day can make it easier to get into a specific state of like consciousness or something. And so if you were to do the same essential oil, and you smell it, and it's like, Okay, now it's sleepy time, this kind of thing that could be very valuable. Yeah, exactly. Ingredients. So you're not like poisoning yourself while you're trying to get good.

(0:44:06) Dayo McIntosh

Exactly. Right. Yeah, exactly. So like we're very conscious about, again, like, the stuff that we're giving people because it matters, right? We source everything from like one supplier that works to like local farmers that are paid well above, you know, what others are getting because again, all of it matters like it all. It all ties together. We're very social conscious brand. And that ties again into our mission to help people live their best lives. Sam,

(0:44:40) Audrow Nash

so you, you say where, who else is in our How is your team and is it how many people are helping you guys out yet? So

(0:44:49) Dayo McIntosh

I am a solo founder. And but I have built a village and I've had like incredible partners along the way that have helped me get to where I am. It's it hasn't been easy because again, it's so much easier when you have a team. And you're you have a co founder and you guys are able to share the burdens of building a business but specialize to some level to exactly. But yeah, it's been me from the concepts of design, the operations, all of it. And I've just been really resourceful about finding the right people along different paths of the journey to come on board to get me to the next level.

(0:45:43) Audrow Nash

Gotcha. Do you. So how do you work with software engineers and things like the people who programmed the arm about the specific positions? And what to do?

(0:45:55) Dayo McIntosh

How do I work with them?

(0:45:56) Audrow Nash

Like, do you hire like a do contract?

(0:45:59) Dayo McIntosh

Or? You do? Yes, yeah. So they've been contractors. I've had a couple of books, one of them has really been instrumental in getting it to where it is. And I tell the story, because it's part of our startup story, right? i He happens to work at Tesla. And when I set out to, when I acquired the arm from Cafe X, I didn't know what to do, right? I had, again, limited funds, you're like I have. Now I have this now what? What do I do with it? I didn't know what to do with it, and hired some people who had no idea what to do with it. Because Kuka tends to be very proprietary. And it's pretty, as far as I understand. Yeah, with a lot of the stuff that he do, and not a lot of people really know how to use the Kuka. But I live in New York, which is right next to Fremont. And I remember that Tesla, just down the street from me and happens to be one of the biggest customers of poucos. And so I just started super clever. Okay, yeah, I just started spamming is what I call it spamming Tesla employees who had like, robotics or anything like that, on their LinkedIn profile. And that's how I met my engineer that again, that has been really instrumental in in the build out for adding so yeah,

(0:47:27) Audrow Nash

gotcha. That's really cool. That's so funny to spam. Yeah, the talent.

(0:47:33) Dayo McIntosh

I am the queen of spamming.

(0:47:36) Audrow Nash

I've heard this a lot from startups, where it's like, you have a task, and you need someone with a specific skill set. But you probably can't hire them fully. Because you're bootstrapping. Yeah, yeah. So you can contract them a little bit. But the clever thing that I've seen a few companies do is hire someone on like a contract basis to do a specific task. And you look to the top companies like Tesla, because the they're basically a talent filter in some ways. And also, like, especially you being very clever, and going, Oh, Tesla uses a lot of Kuka arms, I can find someone there. Yeah. So that seems like,

(0:48:18) Dayo McIntosh

like starting starting a business forces you to think outside the box. I mean, for sure. Many times your back is against the wall, and you either sink or swim. And so it's in those moments that I would say your your all your creativity. Yes. Let's use that word creativity really. Desperation masked as creativity. Yes. Yes. Correct. Yeah, that's when it really comes to light. And so yeah, that's, that's how we got to where we are. But speaking about hiring people for specific tasks. Outside of the engineer that we used, have gone to have used the Upwork. I don't know if you're familiar with. They seem cool. Yeah. Some a lot to to get people on board for what I need. For example, as we're looking to fully automate adding a portion of that is something we call a PLC, programmable logic control controller. Yeah. And then having an HMI like the human machine interface for the tablet I talked about. So like people are, you're tapping on the tablet, you're tapping on the screen, and that keeps adding to Garin. So all of that is powered by this PLC. And that has been the most challenging part of trying to automate versus finding someone. Yeah, who can who can develop that or build, you know that on top of what we have, and so I've gone to Upwork work several times to try to find the right talent.

(0:50:03) Audrow Nash

Has that been successful for you generally, to find someone who's good with DLC stuff?

(0:50:09) Dayo McIntosh

Um, generally, I mean, we're still, you know, working that out, but I think Upwork Upwork is a good is a good resource for for startups or founders who are looking for contractors. Yeah. Yeah.

(0:50:26) Audrow Nash

Gotcha. Yeah, the PLC stuff, as I don't know too much about it. But in my, my impression of it is it's like, older factory robots. Or maybe, maybe not, maybe not even older. But like factory robots, they would have programmable logic controllers. And that would be how you control the robot. And it was like, this was like, from the 60s or something like this, that it was used? Oh, really? Okay. And maybe maybe way off? Maybe 80s? Maybe you I don't know. But it's amazing to me that those skills are still very, like, there's still if you if you are a PLC program, I think you can make a good salary. But it's, to me, it sounds like painful work

(0:51:08) Dayo McIntosh

is just really challenging. And then you factor in the Kuka part, which a lot of people don't have experience with. But yeah, PLCs is what it's sort of like the brains, right? Especially if you have different different components outside of the robot. So we have a payment system, we have the HMI, we have the robot. So the PLC serves as, again, the brains the the project manager, in a sense like that, that knows when to call each component into action.

(0:51:39) Audrow Nash

For sure, like the high level organizer of everything,

(0:51:41) Dayo McIntosh

yes, yes, exactly. Yeah.

(0:51:45) Audrow Nash

How do you? I guess, what's next for you guys? Like we're Where do you think that's always headed.

(0:51:55) Dayo McIntosh

So we definitely want to get back out there, that is a dream that was deferred. And so we want to pick up right where we started, which is hitting the road with adding demoing, but now actually selling now that we have products and, you know, products that people can buy. So that that is in the works. Right now, we partnered with this company full speed automation to work on the automation part of of what we're doing. We say they've been a part of

(0:52:32) Audrow Nash

it, like from the web to distributing or what what part

(0:52:36) Dayo McIntosh

No, just just the ADDIE part the operation of the process, from when a person orders to what ADE does next. And then the final piece of that. So they've been a really great partner so far, the ability in the first no code, sort of automated platform, for manufacturing for robotics in general. And so they, they saw a potential opportunity to, to utilize their program for a robot and see what it does. And so we're able to work with them to see what comes of that. And I think that will be done in May, and will finally be able to take it out. And again, yeah, hit the ground running and see what happens from there.

(0:53:30) Audrow Nash

And then growing, so you'll be selling your product. And then I guess you'll figure out how to reinvest it at the time. Whether it's making more of the operation autonomous or I guess, yeah. I don't know. I love the idea of a robot like food truck doing a service. I think that's the coolest thing.

(0:53:54) Dayo McIntosh

Yeah, I mean, there's so many places we can take this. I mean, one of the things again, because this is experiential, like we see an avenue where I talked about having it at festivals, or like even private and corporate events. So something akin to like a photo booth that you'd see at a company party, but instead are like a wedding and you have custom, you know, diffuser oils, essential oils for your guests, and they get to like play with a robot to create that. So there's that avenue. And then we're currently in the process of trying to patent our application. And so being able to like monetize that, I think is is the next next step. Like if we're able to do that I think that changes the game right? It changes everything.

(0:54:45) Audrow Nash

So you mean get a pat and then maybe you'll license it out or something so others

(0:54:48) Dayo McIntosh

exactly there's that yeah, or franchising. Do vending so, so that is again another path that we can take but for the immediate Future were focused on, you know, the road, just getting back to the road with our one truck and then leasing it out the truck out for like events and things like that. So that is the immediate future. And yeah, we're excited to see what happens with that.

(0:55:17) Audrow Nash

Do you think your first show will be in May? Or your first I

(0:55:21) Dayo McIntosh

mean, at the end of May? Yes. And we're actually moving we're relocating to Reno. So we, Reno, Nevada, Reno, Nevada. Gotcha. The tech scene is really up and coming there. I noticed. It's also well, it's close to the California it's close to the Bay Area, which I love. So I feel like that's, that's still an option for me, right, I can very easily come back as needed. And then finally, it's just a great, I think it's going to be a great exposure, because you have people from all over coming to Tahoe, or like that area for vacation for whatever it may be. And so you have this element of like a big fish in a small pond type deal. We were able to get Yeah, so able to build brand. Brand Awareness quick, quicker than we would here and just meet the right people and meet the right investors, all in that area. So that's what I'm gambling on. And we'll see what happens.

(0:56:32) Audrow Nash

Oh, yeah, I like it. I like that.

(0:56:36) Dayo McIntosh

Big fan. Yeah. I mean, I mean, we'll see what happens. Right. And I think your worst case scenario, we can always come back. But I think I think that's that's going to be a great dreaming, ground for for us to like really gloat, grow and flourish? For sure.

(0:56:54) Audrow Nash

Do you want to our once the ground has been hit, and you're off? What do you imagine will be the first people you'll hire? That that's easy to be co founder? Oh, it's easy.

(0:57:07) Dayo McIntosh

That is easy. Straight up, I need a marketing expert, that my first hire is going to be someone highly skilled in marketing in the beauty industry. I am I am great at executing I'm great at operations. I'm great ads, you know, creating. I mean, I think everything I've done so far, has been has been great, right? And the ability to do that. But one area that I struggle with is marketing, especially in the beauty industry, which is key like that is crucial for a beauty brand. And so finding someone who has that background, that experience expertise, all of that is is the critical hire. I need I need that person. And quickly. So yeah, that is that is the first first hire for sure.

(0:58:02) Audrow Nash

Hell yeah. And then investment are you? Have you taken any money yet? Are you? A well? Are you looking for angel investors? Are you like, where are you at in terms of funding?

(0:58:17) Dayo McIntosh

Yeah. So I, I went, this is just an idea. I was part of a founder Institute accelerator. And so there you're kind of like, coached on like, like, pitching, trying to raise money. But it was just an idea and such a wild idea that it just wasn't. I mean, I wasn't having like serious conversations, right. And so I just decided that I needed to put my head down, build, have traction, and then go back to the table for these people to take me seriously. And so that's what I set my mind on doing. I got a business loan, an SBA loan, cashed out my 401 K. And that's what has gotten me this far. I am now at the point where I do need to get some sort of investment. I have, you know, working prototypes, some traction, you know, and I feel like I can now go back to that table to have those, those conversations. And so I'm just starting down that path. Again, I think Angel invests investors are who I need at this point, before bringing in any institutional like larger, like venture venture capital investors, probably so yeah, I just I need someone that believes in the vision and the dream and sometimes when I sit in front of investors, they don't quite get it. And so I know that they're not the right partners, right? I need someone that that is like I bind I see where you're going with this and I'm excited because I See the potential. That's who I'm looking for. And that's what I need. So

(1:00:04) Audrow Nash

you're starting a conversation, and then you'll have quality products behind it, is how I kind of see it. And the robot is a great way to start that conversation, get people excited. Like that. I mean, I, I'm trying to imagine like other beauty products, were there, like we would have, we would be at a wedding or something like some special event. And it's like, it would just be like, a shelf with their things. Whereas you like people will come over and see, it'll be like a big hit. Yeah, because everyone is an experienced robot work? Yeah.

(1:00:36) Dayo McIntosh

Yeah, you have it a sweet 16 party or a bar mitzvah? Or whatever. Like, it's, it's an experience. It's like, I mean, just like when the photo booths came out, right? Like people are constantly looking for entertainment or experiences at their events. And so this is just going to be one other option for them.

(1:00:57) Audrow Nash

Yeah. And then it starts off, it kicks off that wellness conversation, too. And also the conversation about a lot of the other companies or maybe not a lot, I don't know, many other products having toxins and unhealthy things. Yeah. So then making people more conscious,

(1:01:16) Dayo McIntosh

more aware, yeah, I feel like healthy eating. I mean, similar to the path that that took, right, it just became a thing. And like maybe the last six, seven years, maybe maybe more in the Bay Area in California, but around the country, if you really got that urgency, or that we started to see change in the last five or six years around healthy, like healthy eating organic, things like that. So I think this is going to take that same path of progression. You starting the conversation, and then people become fully aware, and they start making those necessary changes. Lifestyle changes.

(1:01:58) Audrow Nash

Yeah. Let's see what are just kind of a bit of a side tangent. But what are some things people should look out for in products to make sure they're not putting toxic products on them?

(1:02:12) Dayo McIntosh

You've heard of like, parrot beings? Well, you may not have heard of it, but like parabens. fragrances. You want to avoid things like that. And there's there's a long list, which I know there's some debate about that, because you can't cut out all like chemicals. Right? Yeah, I mean, even like, you need some of them to numb and things like this. So exactly. But it's just being mindful about what you're using. So the US compared to I think, the UK, Europe, has they have better, better regulations? They've limited the ingredients and the chemicals that can be used. And yeah, you know, they're they're doing well, I mean, they still have those companies and those companies have adjusted right to meet those, those charges. So I think we can do the same thing over here as well.

(1:03:09) Audrow Nash

Gotcha. And, like going back to the angel investor talk, and you don't have to answer if either it's too new or whatever. But what would be like a meaningful amount of money that you'd be looking for investment, like how much would kind of be a nice step for you, to help you keep the vision going.

(1:03:32) Dayo McIntosh

I'm looking to raise 500,000 At this point, and I've kind of projected that that will be like a 1212 month runway to get us to profitability is what I'm looking at in my mind. And that's to hire the right people to get the inventory we need for you know, some of the proceeds that have come our way such as like b2b opportunities, and then fully automating Addie, and having that in house manufacturing that I that I spoke about. So that's, that's what I'm looking at raising right now. And then we'll adjust as we move forward.

(1:04:11) Audrow Nash

Gotcha. And what what lessons have you learned from this whole process? Like, what were some of the biggest takeaways, if you had to do this all again, other than lock up the truck?

(1:04:28) Dayo McIntosh

I'd say start, first of all, start small and start with just start somewhere. I find sometimes I'm very much of a perfectionist and it can be crippling right and it took me a while to actually get out the gate because I wanted things to be perfect. So it had to be a certain way had to look a certain way and sometimes you need to be in the market and and generate feedback from people so that you can build a better product right? That that would be my advice to myself, even if I could start over, it's just start go with the strength you have start where you are. And then you can build on that as you go along. And then when I got started with a premade products, there were just so many things that I went to market with so many options, because I wanted everyone to have an option like for themselves, right. And it's very hard to like market that and to build on that when you get started. So I always say start small, get a small, niche following people that are crazy, absolutely crazy about what you're building, like fanatical, even about what you're building because that excitement that that passion, like spreads and grows. Right. And and then you're able to draw more people in. Based on their their, their excitement. Yeah.

(1:05:49) Audrow Nash

Yeah. Also, I mean, I've heard of this whole idea of like, I don't know, there's like, if you have 10,000 fans, or if you have 100 fans or something, like if you have that group. So if you have the 10,000 fans, and they are, let's say 1000, and they give you $1 Each or something like that, sorry, if you have 100 fans, and they give you $10 Each, they're kind of the same thing. Yeah. So if you if you have like that core group that really likes what you're doing. Yeah. And have a small audience that's just like so behind you. And they really have this kind of thing.

(1:06:25) Dayo McIntosh

Yeah. And again, that excitement that passion is contagious. They talk about it. People get curious. Exactly. You have the people that are curious now because they've heard so much about this. Yeah, it's just it's just I think the way to go. And it's a good lesson lesson for me going forward.

(1:06:47) Audrow Nash

Yes. Do you have any, any ideas on how to like foster that? Have you as anything you've done work to yet or? I don't know. I'm wondering, how's it? How's that going? It seems so far.

(1:07:01) Dayo McIntosh

It seems well, go ahead seems like

(1:07:02) Audrow Nash

a challenging thing, because in theory, it makes a lot of sense. I'm just, I don't know, the practical way of getting there seems a little murky to me.

(1:07:13) Dayo McIntosh

Yeah. I used to think social media was like, so easy. Like marketing in general. You put up a picture and like, you know, people come or whatever it may be, but I'm finding it. It's Rocket Science. Like there's a, there's a method to the madness, there's, you know, it's, I mean, you have to know what you're doing. And again, back to the beauty industry. People are hesitant to try the unknown, right? Because you're talking about their health, which is kind of ironic, because we're trying to, like help them do better. What are you talking about your health and like overall, like presentation and Outlook, right? So people are very cautious about what they use. And so they're very hesitant to try something new or something that hasn't been validated by a celebrity or an influencer, or someone like that, that they will trust. And so that's one of the challenges that we're running into is, is finding that partnership or finding someone who can sort of give that that validation or that blessing to take us to the next level. So in the meantime, we're just, you know, trying different things to see what works. And then just trying to have conversations and connect with people, too. Yeah. To grow from there.

(1:08:39) Audrow Nash

Oh, yeah. Can you imagine any other ways that robots will be used in your whole process? Or I mean, so you have the arm as a mixologist and you have an arm as kind of a front show? mixologist? Can you imagine any other ways robots can use or

(1:08:55) Dayo McIntosh

what do you mean by French show? Like, wanting to manufacture? Okay, so yeah, so we haven't won in a

(1:09:00) Audrow Nash

Trump manufacturing one?

(1:09:02) Dayo McIntosh

Yes, exactly. Yes. So the patent we we filed doesn't limit us to just like robotic arm, if that makes sense. So we have like, it can it can look like whatever form that is, you know, provided it's approved, right? can look like a different form. And so, in the future, like we're going to explore what else we can do with that. Again, as you know, technology evolves as people become more familiar and comfortable with robots in general. We can we can really explore that then down the road.

(1:09:44) Audrow Nash

Gotcha. Well, I look forward to seeing that.

(1:09:47) Dayo McIntosh

Yeah, me too. I, again, I'm so excited about what I'm building here, right because I married this and passionate about, you know, having making a call positive impact on the world. And for me, that looks like helping people like live a better life. Because that's connected to my personal story. And then like just dealing with innovation robots in general, like how cool so I'm super excited to be, you know, building this brand where I get to marry those two things and, and just see this crazy dream come to life. It just makes me really happy and excited. So I'm just, I'm very excited to see what comes of this. I don't know where it's gonna go. I don't know what it's gonna look like, you know, five years, 10 years down the road, but I am excited about the journey.

(1:10:42) Audrow Nash

Oh, yeah. I love that. Yeah. Yeah. See? So wrapping up. Is there any contact info, website info, anything you'd like to pass on to our listeners and watchers? Yeah,

(1:10:55) Dayo McIntosh

you can find us online on yeto.com. And that's why@eou.com. On there, we have a contact form, you can reach out to us on there. You could also send us an email at Hello at Yateou, which is why@eou.com. And, yeah, we respond really quickly. And yeah. If anyone is looking for technical specs on the robot we have it's a Kuka agilus spot. The smaller one is a QR six or 700. And the larger one is a QR six are 900. So that one is slightly bigger than the one we had previously. And it has a longer reach.

(1:11:42) Audrow Nash

Awesome. Thank you. Yeah.

(1:11:45) Dayo McIntosh

Thank you so much. I really enjoyed chatting with you. And yeah, I, I hoped, you know you're able to. Well, I can't really say that. So it's good to see. I hope you have a good move. But it was nice chatting with you. Audrow. Thank you. Thank you for the opportunity.

(1:12:05) Audrow Nash

Yeah. Oh, yeah. All right. Hi, everyone. Thanks for listening to this conversation with dial Macintosh. If you enjoyed this interview, consider subscribing. Thank you again to our founding sponsor, open robotics. See you next time.