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Meet Justin Crandall and Bart Lomont of Robin Autopilot

Today we’d like to introduce you to Justin Crandall and Bart Lomont.

Founded by Justin Crandall and Bart Lomont, Robin was created in response to our own frustrations with finding and managing reliable lawn care providers.

In 2015 we launched an Uber-for-Lawns business that grew to $5 million in just 2 years. In that short time, the company completed more than 100,000 lawn care jobs and also experienced every challenge you can imagine, from truck breakdowns to crew members that don’t show up for work, to unprecedented amounts of rain. We were also a big contributor to one of the greatest sources of pollution in the United States—dirty, gas-powered lawn equipment.

Gas-mowers in the U.S. haven’t changed much in the last 50 years but it turns out that in Europe they had already discovered the future. In 2017 there were already more than 1 million autonomous robot mowers safely operating in Europe, and these mowers were battery-powered and emissions-free. The robots could also mow in the rain, didn’t miss days of work, and were lower cost than traditional landscaping services.

With that knowledge, we committed fully to robotic mowing-as-a-service in June of 2017. Robin sold the Uber-mowing business and turned the company’s focus 100% to the future of landscaping—robotic mowing. This was the birth of the Robin AutopilotTM robotic lawn care service.

The first of its kind, Robin Autopilot gives our customers a powerful way to limit air and noise pollution, driving meaningful environmental change via their choice of lawn care service. Our fully electronic robotic lawn care service is a more reliable and more affordable path to a clean cut lawn and clear air, and reduces as much pollution every week as replacing both family cars with electric!

The potential impact was massive and we realized we couldn’t successfully fulfill our mission on our own. To expand nationwide we need people in every market that are fully invested in the same goals, with the same commitment to reliability, affordability, and eco-friendly services that we have.

In November 2017 we launched Robin Autopilot franchising. The first franchises will begin operations in the Spring of 2018 and we’ll be in at least 15 states by the end of 2018.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
From equipment breakdowns to rain delays, to crew members that just didn’t show up it was a very difficult business to operate. More importantly, we couldn’t delight our customers which has always been our goal. With the robots, we have a more reliable and delightful experience.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We are the world’s first robotic lawn service. We combine proven robotic mower technology (more than 1 million units already operating in Europe versus less-than-10,000 in the U.S.) with high-quality crews to handle the edging, trimming and other yard care needs. Our robots are more reliable, affordable, and eco-friendly than traditional services.

In fact, one gas mower emits as much pollution per hour as 11 cars. Said another way, the average person commutes about 6 hours per week, so replacing one hour of weekly mowing with a robot is the same environmental impact as replacing both family cars with Teslas!

What were you like growing up?
I always had a curiosity and desire to learn. Starting in 5th grade that passion became learning about business. I initially wanted to be Warren Buffett or Peter Lynch, the great stock-pickers of the time but over time my business interests expanded to entrepreneurship.

Starting a company is not for the meek and you have to accept massive failure is a possibility. But at the end of your life, if you took that risk and lived it out–good or bad–then you’re going to feel like you lived at your potential. I love that.

Personality-wise, I’m a quiet competitor. I don’t talk much but love to compete and hate to lose.

That was true when I was playing baseball in college, golf with my family, and building a business.

Pricing:

  • Robin Autopilot service starts at $19/week for mowing only. This includes a robot mower, all maintenance, and insurance.
  • For $28/week you also get regular edging and trimming.
  • For $37/week we add shrub trimming and bed weeding.

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