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Get Your Digital Drink on With Robot-Crafted Cocktails The future is now.

By Michael Austin

This story appears in the June 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Raymond McCrea Jones
Let’s get this party started: Barry Givens.

Entrepreneur: Barry Givens, owner of Monsieur, which produces robotic bartending machines for homes and businesses.

"Aha" moment: When Givens was a student at Georgia Institute of Technology, he and his roommate went to a bar to watch an NBA Finals game. Knowing the place would be packed, they arrived early, scored a table and ordered drinks. At halftime, about two hours later, their drinks finally arrived. The staff wasn't incompetent—just overwhelmed. The two mechanical engineering students conceived a machine that could make simple drinks so customers wouldn't have to wait for human bartenders.

Distilling the idea: After graduating in 2008, Givens worked as a mechanical designer for John Deere and then as a project manager at Caterpillar. That didn't last long. "I just didn't feel right in corporate [America], and I decided I wanted to go full-throttle in a bigger venture," he says.

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