Rick is an active mentor, advisor and investor in areas as diverse as IoT, robotics, AI, digital and additive manufacturing, and a recognized expert on the Internet of Things and advanced manufacturing, with a unique perspective from his previous roles in plant operations, sales, product marketing, systems integration and technology.
Rick was the CTO and co-founder of the world’s first platform for creating connected IoT applications, ThingWorx, which was acquired by PTC in 2013. Rick was previously CTO at Invensys Wonderware, a leading global provider of manufacturing operations software solutions, and was a vice president with SAP Research in the areas of future manufacturing and the “internet of things”. Rick was also the CTO and co-founder of Lighthammer Software Development, where he was responsible for conceptualization and development of innovative web-based and service-enabled software products targeted at the manufacturing industry.
At Lighthammer, Bullotta identified and created a new market segment for “manufacturing intelligence and integration” software. He has contributed to a number of industry standards efforts and open source software projects. Rick has been involved in the industrial sector in diverse roles, including factory operations and management, systems integration, sales and marketing, product management, and industrial engineering. He holds a degree in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University.