Frank Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report. After selling his business and retiring from 25+ years as computer direct marketing and materials and consulting to the Democratic National Committee and major presidential, senatorial, congressional, mayoral campaigns and initiatives all across the U.S., Canada and internationally, he has energetically pursued a new career in researching and investing in robotics.
Early in 2008, in a personal effort to learn about the robotics industry and the future of robotics, with an eye toward selectively investing in publicly-traded and privately owned robotics businesses, I began an intensive research project that took me to Japan, Korea, China, Switzerland, Germany and all over the Internet. My eyesight has suffered but not my mind. I love what I’m doing and finding out and, in an effort to share my research, I set up this website, The Robot Report, to track the business of robotics. Early in 2009 I set up the Everything-Robotic blog to supplement The Robot Report with periodic in-depth personal insights.
Frank is also a panel member for Robohub's Robotics by Invitation series. Robohub.org is a Swiss-based online platform that brings together leading communicators in robotics research, start-ups, business, and education from around the world.
In early 2013, with some entrepreneurial financial partners, Frank Tobe co-founded Robo-stox™ LLC, and helped develop a tracking index for the robotics industry: the Robo-stox™ Global Robotics & Automation Index. On November 12, 2013, with a one-armed robot and a 3-fingered robotic hand, along with friends and business partners, in a widely seen media event, the Robo-stox™ family rang the closing bell of the NASDAQ exchange in celebration of the launch of an ETF predicated on that index.
For further information, go to the Robo-Stox™ website: www.RoboStox.com.