From Left: Charlie Bares, Kent Cavender-Bares, and John Bares.

From Left: Charlie Bares, Kent Cavender-Bares, and John Bares.

Rowbot was founded in 2012 by three entrepreneurial brothers. Charlie Bares is a large-scale dairyman and corn grower from NY State. Kent Cavender-Bares is an environmental scientist, who trained as an agricultural engineer and is based in Minnesota. John Bares is a co-founder of Carnegie Robotics, a robotics team that has deep experience designing and manufacturing high-quality products for agriculture and other markets.

Founding Team


Kent Cavender-Bares, CEO

Kent's vision for creating the future of robotic farming starts with the needs of both the plant and the farmer. His driving motivation is to make it easy for farmers to use all of their inputs more efficiently. As CEO, he defines Rowbot's solutions, works with investors, manages operations and charts out IP strategy. He holds a B.S. in agricultural and biological engineering from Cornell, a M.S. in environmental engineering from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in environmental engineering from MIT. Prior leadership roles in environmental non-profits. Kent grew up operating and repairing farm equipment.


John Bares, Founder of Rowbot's Strategic Partner, Carnegie Robotics

The team at Carnegie Robotics is a strategic partner of Rowbot's, helping with early development of our robotic platform and autonomy technology. John has brought a wealth of robotics expertise to the challenge from years as a member of the research faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, including leading the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC) for 13 years before launching Carnegie Robotics. John holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Carnegie Mellon.


Charlie Bares, Head of Grower Advisory Board

Charlie's hands-on knowledge of farming has been critical in the development of Rowbot's strategy since day one. Charlie runs one of the most profitable dairy farms in the Northeast, with over 2,000 acres of corn in production. He has been in dairy farming for over 20 years and holds a B.S. in animal science from Cornell.