Mike LeBlanc

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Michael John LeBlanc

March 10, 1986 (age 37)
Mayfield, Ohio
EducationBA, St. John’s College, 2009 MBA, Harvard Business School, 2019
TitleCo-founder, President and COO of Cobalt Robotics

Michael John LeBlanc (born March 10, 1986) is an American businessman, entrepreneur, and former United States Marine Corps Officer. He is best known as Co-Founder, President and COO of Cobalt Robotics, a company backed by Sequoia Capital.[1]

Early Life and Education

LeBlanc was born in Mayfield, Ohio, in 1986, and attended Charles F. Brush high school in Lyndhurst, Ohio. LeBlanc attended St. John's College in Annapolis, MD, graduating in 2009 with BA degrees in both Philosophy and Math, as well as minors in Comparative Literature and Classics. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 2019.[2]

Since graduating from HBS, Mike has been the protagonist in two Harvard Business School Case Studies, which focus on his role at Cobalt Robotics.[3][4][5]


Military Service

LeBlanc began his career as a Marine Corps Infantry and Intelligence Officer, serving for 13 years, and leaving the service as a major.[6][2] During his time in the Marine Corps he completed three tours of service in the Middle East, which included two combat tours to Afghanistan.[7]

LeBlanc’s first tour of duty was in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.[8] While serving as an advisor to the Afghan National Army, LeBlanc’s team faced an insider threat that manifest when one of their ANA partners shot at them from inside their base. LeBlanc, who was in charge of his team's defense, reportedly took an unconventional approach following the attack. Rather than perceiving all of the Afghans as threats, LeBlanc's security plan depended on the protection of the majority of Afghan soldiers who wished the Marines well, a strategy known in the Marine Corps as "soft targeting." The shooter, whose actions were triggered by the video "The Innocence of Muslims," was unable to kill anyone on LeBlanc’s team before he was taken into custody.[9]

Cobalt Robotics

LeBlanc joined Cobalt Robotics in 2019 after graduating from Harvard Business School. He has taken the skills he learned as a Marine and applied them to the startup industry. He has also been pioneer within the startup community in his efforts to bring veterans onto his team. He has identified the strengths that veterans bring to a team and taught them how to apply that in a startup environment, to great success.[6][10]

Awards and Honors

LeBlanc was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Joint Service Achievement Medal during his military service.[2] He has been featured in numerous media outlets, including FOX8,[3] Fast Company,[6] ABC7,[10] Axios,[11] and Business Insider.[12]


  1. Kolodny, Lora; Evers, Andrew. "This former Google X engineer wants to put a robot security guard in every office". CNBC. Retrieved 2023-04-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "(Maj) Michael LeBlanc : Timothy T. Day Foundation". tdayfoundation.org. Retrieved 2023-04-14.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Cobalt Robotics (Mar 3, 2023). "Cobalt Robotics Co-Founder, President, and COO Mike LeBlanc Featured as Protagonist in Harvard Business School Case". Retrieved 2023-04-14.
  4. "Mike LeBlanc at Cobalt Robotics - Case - Faculty & Research - Harvard Business School". www.hbs.edu. Retrieved 2023-04-14.
  5. "Cobalt Robotics: Scaling Workplace Robotics - Case - Faculty & Research - Harvard Business School". www.hbs.edu. Retrieved 2023-04-14.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Cramer, Jude (2022-11-11). "Hiring veterans at your tech startup is smart: Here's why". Fast Company. Retrieved 2023-04-14.
  7. Loyd, Rich (2023-04-13). "No Sleeping, No Days Off: Cobalt Robotics Aims to Replace Humans at Front Desks". Orange County Business Journal. Retrieved 2023-04-14.
  8. Boyd, E.B. (2013-10-28). "Lead or Die". Fast Company. Retrieved 2023-04-14.
  9. Boyd, E.B. (2013-10-29). "Hampton is creating a safe space for tech CEOs". Fast Company. Retrieved 2023-04-14.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Marine veteran turned business owner hires fellow vets to help with groundbreaking OC tech company". ABC7 Los Angeles. 2023-03-25. Retrieved 2023-04-14.
  11. Kingson, Jennifer A. (2023-03-03). "Robots are your new office security guard". Axios. Retrieved 2023-04-14.
  12. Palazzolo, Stephanie. "These 5-foot-1 security robots made by Cobalt are patrolling workplace hallways. Here's how companies are using them to protect offices and employees". Business Insider. Retrieved 2023-04-14.

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