Starship Raises $40 Million Series A Funding
|A Starship autonomous robot
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Starship Technologies, a San Francisco-based startup that makes autonomous delivery robots, has announced $40 million in Series A funding led by Morpheus Ventures, with participation from Matrix Partners, Shasta Ventures, MetaPlanet Holdings, TDK Ventures, Qu Ventures and more. This round included, Starship has now raised $85 million in total funding.
San Francisco-based Starship has completed 100,000 commercial deliveries on its robots. Its robots are dispersed at several university campuses, with plans underway to expand to 100 more of such campuses in the next 24 months. Starship’s robots recently got deployed at the University of Pittsburgh. Not long from now (on the 9th of September), Purdue University will be getting the robots, with more campuses following shortly.
“This new investment will see Starship expand onto more campuses as we head towards a goal of offering our services to over one million students,” Starship CEO Lex Bayer said in a statement. An entire generation of university students are growing up in a world where they expect to receive a delivery from a robot after a few taps on their smartphone. The reception to our service both on campuses and in neighborhoods has been phenomenal. Our customers appreciate how we make their lives easier and give them back the gift of time.” He said.
Starship’s robots are present in 100 cities globally. The San Francisco-based startup was founded by two Skype co-founders, Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis. Bayer who serves as CEO was previously an executive at Airbnb.
Below is a video demonstrating how Starship’s robots work: