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Jan 10, 2024

Founding Story

Founding Story

Founding Story

Low-code tools are going mainstream

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Multilingual NLP will grow

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Combining supervised and unsupervised machine learning methods

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Automating customer service: Tagging tickets and new era of chatbots

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Detecting fake news and cyber-bullying

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We've worked at industry-leading hardware companies, including SpaceX, Amazon Robotics, L3Harris, and Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. After experiencing repeated bottlenecks in embedded software across companies, we started Metalware to accelerate the pace of hardware development.Just a few months into our journey — we were accepted into the Y Combinator program, raised a $3M seed round from leading Silicon Valley investors, and began working with amazing early customers. Here is the behind-the-scenes story of our founders, from childhood obsessions to starting Metalware.

Formative years

Andrew Nedea was born in New York — though he spent most of his childhood in Romania — and has been programming computers since he was practically in the womb. His first self-made dollar was a consumer internet game that hit 400k+ users before he was 15. In Andrew's free time, you can find him at the gym or (you guessed it) programming.Meanwhile, in rural Maryland, Ryan was busy taking apart and rebuilding any electronics product he could get his hands on — from remote control cars to MP3 players to gaming consoles. His first self-made dollar was fixing broken XBOX 360s and flipping them on Craigslist in middle school (pro-tip: "Red Ring of Death" is easily solved with a heat sink and a little thermal paste). In Ryan's free time, you can find him reading books or training for his next IRONMAN.

Start of the journey

Andrew and Ryan's paths converged while working at SpaceX, where they connected over philosophy, fitness, and an appetite for risk-taking. Together, they built the Starlink factory and wrote software that runs on more than 1 million antennas worldwide. Time and time again, they found themselves on the "critical path" of their projects, stressed out due to firmware. Reading datasheets. Register values set incorrectly. Missed errata. Andrew and Ryan decided to set out to solve inefficiencies in firmware development.Metalware was founded in 2023 to manifest our passion for hard tech + robotics, the culture we embodied at SpaceX, and a perfect blend of Andrew and Ryan's hardware, software, and business expertise. They relocated to San Francisco from Los Angeles, moved in together, and immediately got to work!

Accelerating embedded development