Robot delivery company Starship Technologies has hired an Airbnb veteran as its new CEO and raised $25 million (£18.6 million) in seed funding.
The London startup was set up in 2014 by Skype cofounders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis. Heinla had been Starship’s CEO, but is switching roles to CTO as the firm welcomes Lex Bayer as its new boss.
Bayer has worked at Airbnb since 2013, most recently as the company’s group head of business development, payments, and Airbnb for business. He will run Starship from San Francisco, where he is currently based.
Starship manufactures six-wheeled delivery robots which have been deployed in eight locations in the US and Europe, including Mountain View, Washington DC, Hamburg, and London.
The $25 million raise will be used to scale up its fleet of robots. It currently has hundreds of robots and will have more than 1,000 within a year.
“We aim to get to thousands of robots doing deliveries and millions of people experiencing that kind of service soon,” Heinla told Business Insider.
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SOURCE: Business Insider, Isobel Asher Hamilton