Baraja was the first tenant at the CSIRO Lindfield Collaboration Hub

January 5th, 2021

“ ….You couldn’t write a better story… the quality of the laboratories and access to CSIRO scientists in the physics field has been critical…Lindfield also has the only distance range for calibrating LiDAR in Australia…”

Cibby Pulikkaseril, CTO & Co-Founder

Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Sydney, Baraja began its work on a breakthrough LiDAR technique in the garage of Founder & CEO Federico Collarte. Federico and his Co-Founder & CTO Cibby Pulikkaseril created an elegant solution to the complex problems facing legacy LiDAR systems that give vision to self-driving vehicles. Their Spectrum-Scan™ approach address scalability, reliability, vehicle integration and performance issues that legacy LiDAR technologies cannot.

Baraja, backed by Sequoia China, Blackbird Ventures and Main Sequence Ventures’ CSIRO Innovation Fund, has over 80 employees and has HQ offices in Sydney, and additional offices in San Francisco and Shanghai.

Baraja was the first tenant of the CSIRO Lindfield Collaboration Hub and helped to refine the hub’s offering to become a sought-after location for early-stage hardware ventures.

After moving their operations to CSIRO Lindfield from their garage and scaling from two to more than 80 employees, Baraja have gone from strength to strength.  The development of Barajas proprietary technology was accelerated through co location with the CSIRO.  In particular, on-site access to contract research in optical systems and electromechanical design, internal and external testing ranges, clean rooms and prototyping and mechanical services were invaluable to Baraja. The National Measurement Institute (NMI) co-located on the CSIRO site, also supported Baraja.

CSIRO Lindfield has been proud to be a part of Baraja’s growth journey and wished them a fond farewell in early 2020 as the moved to their own premises in North Ryde, where they continue to scale their operations.