Marble co-founder and CMU grad says Pittsburgh can be ‘Silicon Valley of robotics’

Pittsburgh’s low cost of living and affordable housing are nice perks.

But they aren’t what will bring the tech talent and companies to the city to build it into an innovation powerhouse.

Kevin Peterson, a Carnegie Mellon University graduate who worked at Astrobotic before leaving Pittsburgh for San Francisco to help start an autonomous sidewalk delivery company, said Pittsburgh could become the Silicon Valley of robotics and be the place where companies tackle and solve some of the world’s most vexing problems.

That’s the message the city should be shouting.

“People talk a lot about affordability, and that’s nice, but that’s not what draws somebody who is really, really high caliber,” Peterson said. “People want to be the best in the world. They want to work on the most interesting problems, and they want to solve the most important, social, impactful challenges in the world.