Starship Technologies is fresh off a recent $ 40 million fund round, and the robotics startup finds itself in a much-changed market compared to when it got its start in 2014. Founded by software industry veterans, including Skype and Rdio co-founder Janus Friis, Starship’s focus is entirely on building and commercializing fleets of autonomous sidewalk give robots.
Starship fabricated this list when it debuted, but five years later it’s one of a number of corporations looking to deploy what virtually amounts to wheeled, self-driven coolers that are in a position carry small-time packages and everyday merchandise, including fresh food, to waiting customers. CEO Lex Bayer, a onetime sales supervisor from Airbnb, made over the top spot at Starship last year and is eager to focus the company’s efforts in a drive to make full advantage of its technology and experience lead.
The result is altering what appeared, to all external spectators, like a long-tail technology play into a thriving commercial enterprise.
“We want to do 100 universities in the next 24 months, and we’ll do about 25 to 50 robots on each campus, ” Bayer said in an interview about his company’s plans for the future.
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