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Terry Olkin

Left Hand Robotics
Co-Founder & CEO
An MIT graduate in Computer Science and Engineering, Terry has worked at both large Fortune 100 technology companies and small startups, including three he co-founded. He has over 25 years of experience that spans software engineering, conceiving new products, building business plans, raising money, leading large teams, delivering products to market, and working closely with customers.  Before founding Left Hand Robotics, Terry was a Fellow at Workday, Inc., a provider of enterprise cloud applications for human resources and finance, where he advised on architecture and the integration of GridCraft’s technology into the Workday platform. Terry cofounded and was CTO at Boulder-based startup GridCraft, Inc., which was acquired by Workday in May 2015.  Prior to GridCraft, Terry spent nearly ten years at Oracle, and in his last position as Senior Vice President and CTO of Global Business Units he advised on M&A, architectural, and product-related issues across all seven of Oracle’s vertical industry product lines. Previously while at Oracle, he initiated, designed and led a 350+ person team to build Oracle’s collaboration and social suite of software. Prior to that he drove design and development of key areas of Oracle’s flagship database product.   Terry is a named inventor on over 21 patents mostly in the areas of networking and data security. Terry was also instrumental in a number of common technology standards including the ANSI SQL database language, Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) interface, and the Java Messaging Service (JMS).  Terry has taught Enterprise Data Security at the University of Colorado – Boulder, mentors youth robotics teams, volunteers at numerous robot competitions, and is president of the nonprofit GEAR Alliance.