Kyle Vogt Biography | Who is Kyle Vogt
Kyle Vogt is an American engineer, robotics pioneer, technology executive and entrepreneur. He is a co-founder of Cruise Automation, a self-driving car technology company, where he serves as the President and Chief Technology Officer. He also serves as the CEO of Cruise Automation, Inc. since October 2013.
Cruise Automation is now under the umbrella of General Motors after the multinational company bought it in May 2016.
Kyle Vogt Age
Vogt was born in 1986 in Kansas. He is 37 years old as of 2023.
Kyle Vogt Parents
Kyle parents name is known as Charles Vogt is the chief executive officer of Imagine Communications, a provider of digital video processing and edge multiplexing solutions.
Previously, he was the chief executive officer of GENBAND. He has also provided his services as the vice president of Accelerated Networks.
Kyle Vogt Education
Vogt is a native of Kansas City, Kansas and grew up in suburban Johnson County, Kansas. He attended public schools in the Olathe and Shawnee Mission school districts. In 2004, he graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.
For his undergraduate studies, he took up computer science and electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
While there, he participated in the 2004 DARPA Grand Challenge, a seminal event that many key players in the autonomous vehicle space credited with spurring the development of technology fundamental to self-driving cars.
Also while he was at MIT, Vogt interned at Roomba-maker iRobot and competed in two seasons of BattleBot.
Kyle Vogt Wife | Tracy Vogt
Kyle Vogt with his wife Tracy Vogt
The CTO of Cruise Automation is married to Tracy Vogt since 2014. She is also an entrepreneur who is the founder of Charlie’s Acres, an animal farm sanctuary situated in San Francisco Bay Area.
She is also a co-founder of Sculpt Escapes, a fitness retreat company. Tracy has a Bachelors degree in Communication and Psychology from Western Washington University.
The couple has one child.
Kyle Vogt Net Worth
According to Forbes 2016, Vogt’s net worth is $270 million.
Kyle Vogt Career
According to his LinkedIn profile, Kyle has co-founded several other companies. They are:
- Socialcam (2011)- He helped build and launch Socialcam, a mobile app for sharing video.
- Justin.tv, Inc. – Vogt architected and built the original Justin.tv / Twitch global live video platform.
- Twitch – Vogt helped build and launch Twitch, the ESPN for gaming. It was later acquired by Amazon for $1.1 billion.
Kyle Vogt Early life
Vogt, a native of Kansas City, Kansas, has been passionate about the concept of autonomous driving since his teenage years.
Growing up in suburban Johnson County, Kansas, Vogt attended public schools in the Olathe and Shawnee Mission school districts. In 2004, he graduated from Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.
He studied computer science and electrical engineering as an undergraduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
While there, Vogt participated in the 2004 DARPA Grand Challenge, a seminal event that many key players in the autonomous vehicle space credited with spurring the development of technology fundamental to self-driving cars.
Also while he was at MIT, Vogt interned at Roomba-maker iRobot and competed in two seasons of BattleBots.
Kyle Vogt Justin.tv and other ventures
Vogt left MIT during his Junior year to take a job with the team that would go on to form Justin.tv and Twitch.
A Co-Founder at Justin.tv, Vogt was later described as the “creative genius” at the start-up, who “hero-coded” the company out of problems and designed the camera systems necessary for live streaming.
As reported in Fortune, according to Justin.tv co-founder Justin Kan, Vogt would “just, like, lock himself in a room for three days and code away and then emerge with something that worked.”
Justin Kan’s younger brother and future co-founder of Cruise, Dan Kan, spent a summer interning at Justin.tv.
In June 2011, Vogt became co-founder at both Socialcam and Twitch.tv, both of which were acquired, Socialcam for $60 million and Twitch by Amazon in a deal for $970 million.
Kyle Vogt Twitch
Twitch came to be through Justin.tv. Vogt took up a job with the team that came to form Justin.tv in his junior years at MIT, making a co-founder alongside Justin Kan.
He is credited as the “creative genius” who is behind the coding to come up with the camera systems necessary for live streaming. Justin Kan’s younger brother and future co-founder of Cruise, Dan Kan, spent a summer interning at Justin.tv.
In June 2011, Twitch was bought by Amazon in $970 million deal as a spin-off of the general-interest streaming platform, Justin.tv.
Twitch enables its users to stream video games live and broadcasts eSports competitions, music broadcasts, creative content and “in real life” streams. One can also view the site’s content through video on demand.
Cruise Automation – Cruise
Since his teenage years, Vogt had been obsessed with the concept of autonomous driving. He got his friend Daniel Kan impressed by the autonomous driving idea and they began working on Cruise Automation in 2014, having been founded in October 2013.
The startup company was based in San Francisco and it participated in Y-Combinator, a startup accelerator that mentors up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
Shortly afterward in March 2016, General Motors bought the company on a $1 billion deal which was a cash and stock agreement.
Cruise initially focused on developing direct-to-consumer kits to retrofit vehicles with limited self-driving capabilities.
In 2015, the company changed its strategy and began writing software to be used for fully self-driving vehicles.
Under General Motors, Cruise has been working on developing software for making GM’s Chevy Volt electric vehicle fully autonomous.
Now the company is known as GM Cruise LLC or Cruise or better yet Cruise Automation.
The $1 billion was to be split between Vogt, his co-founding partner Daniel Kan, the 40 Cruise Automation employees previously at the startup before it was acquired and Cruise Automation’s early investors.
There have been several milestones in the company, in terms of investments, like:
- In April 2017, GM announced plans to invest $14 million to expand Cruise operations in California, adding an estimated 1,163 full-time employees by 2021.
- In May 2018, Cruise announced that Softbank’s Vision Fund would invest $2.25 billion into the company, along with another $1.1 billion from GM itself.
- In October 2018, it was announced that Honda would be investing $750 million into the company, followed by another $2 billion over the next 12 years.
- In November 2018, the company got a new CEO, Dan Ammann, who had been a president of GM.