This Week @ The Garage SF (8/4)


Last week, Arc Boats, co-founded by Mitch Lee (’11) and Ryan Cook (’12) emerged from stealth, revealing their first commercial electric boat. From the Bloomberg article:

Arc, a startup with a deep bench of former SpaceX employees, is entering the fledgling market for electric boats with a $300,000, 475-horsepower pleasure craft.

The Los Angeles-based company plans to have its first model, a sleek speed boat called the Arc One, ready for sale by the end of 2021, after which the company hopes to manufacture limited editions of the craft. Backed by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from Chris Sacca’s Lowercarbon Capital fund, the company has raised $4.25 million in seed funding.

Chief Executive Officer Mitch Lee founded the Arc Boat Co. with his college friend Ryan Cook, who shares a passion for sustainability and nature. Cook and Lee both majored in mechanical engineering at Northwestern University and have been working together since Lee helped recruit Cook to Boeing Co. After Boeing, Cook spent seven years at Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. where, according to his LinkedIn profile, Cook worked on the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket. All of Arc’s employees except Lee have a background at SpaceX….

Congrats, Mitch and Ryan!


  • Arc Boats (from above) is hiring for a multitude of roles including lead software engineer, marketing lead, and mechanical designer. Apply here!

  • From Tom Boonsiri (Kellogg '12), lead Product Manager at Google: I'm hiring for two full-time Product Manager roles on my Chrome iOS and Android teams based in the East Coast (Washington DC preferred, or Montreal or NYC) and the West Coast (Mountain View or SF preferred, or Seattle) respectively. Please apply here for the East Coast role and reach out to me at re: either role.   

  • Consensus, co-founded by Eric Olson (’16) and Christian Salem (’16) is hiring an NLP/Machine Learning Lead. Apply here.

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