Mitch Heinrich is a seasoned designer and technologist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. His design philosophy revolves around craft, materials and manufacturing processes. Mitch spent his early career at Squid Labs, a small technology incubator, where as a design engineer he supported the launch of a number of successful technology companies including Instructables.com (acquired by Autodesk) and Makani Power (acquired by Google [x]). During a brief interlude in 2009 Mitch was a Museumsquartier artist in residence in Vienna, Austria where he created cocktail serving robots and invented smell graffiti. Later that year he became the founding and lead designer at Fenix International (acquired by Engie), a startup dedicated to bringing affordable renewable energy to the developing world. In 2011 Mitch joined Google X where he he split his time leading an ecclectic team of hardware designers in a group he started called the Design Kitchen and dreaming up new moonshot ideas as part of the Rapid Evaluation team. Mitch is currently Senior Director of Bolt Projects at Bolt Threads where he is taking his passion for design, materials and craft to the field of sustainable biomaterials.