Mitch Tolson is the Founder and CEO of Ally Robotics. He has 33-plus years of entrepreneurial experience, 25 of that within engineering, and over 15 years of experience in robotics, Mitch has designed solutions for and solved many challenges across systems engineering, software, hardware, robotics, operations and business as a multi-functional organizational leader.
Tolson’s startup experience ranges from brand design and marketing to product and program management to engineering and operations. He’s formed, coached, and ran several companies across the construction, food and tech industries. He’s designed two-stroke engines, motorcycle frames, semi-truck air assemblies, fuel lines, electrical harnesses, and mobile robots.
He has architected, designed, programmed, and supported live site deployments of over 100 software applications, ranging from financial management systems, to work management systems, to API services that served tens of thousands of concurrent users. He’s also worked extensively through change management and quality processes under ISO 9001. Tolson has architected and implemented many engineering process improvements from drawing release to ECN management, to knowledge management to hyperscale CI/CD pipelines. He’s formed and run many teams within larger organizations, such as robotics, product lifecycle management, DevOps and Engineering Systems.
Tolson enjoys coaching, teaching and inspiring students within athletic and STEM organizations. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics from the University of Washington.