A newsletter that’s mostly about Amazon and iRobot
Shortly after the Amazon/iRobot news was announced on Friday morning, a colleague asked me if I was surprised. The short answer is yes and no. Yes, in the sense that the news dropped suddenly on what
Tortoise is coming to Comic-Con, and it’s bringing burritos
Tortoise is partnering with hospitality giant Sodexo to bring a mobile smart store — which is basically a fancy vending machine with wheels — to Comic-Con this year. One of Tortoise’
TechCrunch+ roundup: eVTOL takes off, pivoting with agility, when to hire a lawyer
“Where’s my flying car?” is a staple of Gen X humor, since it reaffirms the cynical viewpoint that technology frequently fails to deliver on its lofty promises. Until recently, elect
Daily Crunch: $8.5B Amazon-MGM merger will bring thousands of titles to Prime Video
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Tortoise co-founder Dmitry Shevelenko: ‘You can’t do too many things at the same time’
We spoke to Tortoise founder Dmitry Shevelenko about the future of micromobility, how to own changing business directions, difficulties in sidewalk robot delivery, and the agility of startups.
Tortoise pivots away from robotic delivery toward mobile stores
Tortoise, a startup that began in 2019 with a mission to rebalance scooters for shared operators like Spin and shifted last year to robotic last-mile sidewalk delivery, is pivoting yet again in a new
Tortoise expands remote operated robotic delivery to convenience stores across the US
Tortoise is expanding its remote controlled delivery robots to convenience store chains across the U.S. through a new two-year strategic partnership with KRS, an Idaho-based retail brand strategy comp
Advanced rider assistance systems: Tech spawned by the politics of micromobility
Operators like Spin, Voi, Zipp, Bird and Superpedestrian are investing in tech that can detect and correct poor rider behavior, sometimes going as far as stopping scooters if they're on a sidewalk.
iRobot’s poop problem
I’m all for encouraging more young people to enter STEM, to explore engineering and perhaps ultimately pursue a career in robotics. It’s a field whose importance will only grow with time, as more
AxleHire to scale Tortoise and URB-E zero-emissions delivery solutions nationally
Last-mile logistics supplier AxleHire provides same-day and next-day delivery through a network that includes gig economy, couriers and traditional carriers. Over the past year, it has been quietly pi
Micromobility’s next big business is software, not vehicles
It's the software that can determine if a micromobility company breaks out of the rideshare model and into the sales or subscription model, or becomes subsidized by or absorbed into public transit.
So, this is going to sound like a cop out (because, honestly, it kind of is), but the through line for the past week’s robotics investments is variety. That is to say that this week’s round of fun
Albertsons taps Tortoise for remote-controlled grocery delivery robots
Albertsons Companies, the grocery giant that owns Safeway and Jewel-Osco, has launched a pilot program that will test grocery delivery using remote-controlled delivery robots developed by Silicon Vall
Spin bets its scooter future on 3 wheels and remote-control tech
Spin, the micromobility startup acquired by Ford, has developed a new scooter with partners Segway-Ninebot and software startup Tortoise that aims to solve the sidewalk clutter problem for good. The S
Remote-controlled delivery carts are now working for the local Los Angeles grocer
Robots are no longer the high-tech tools reserved for university labs, e-commerce giants and buzzy Silicon Valley startups. The local grocer now has access too. Tortoise, the one-year-old Silicon Vall
What micromobility is missing
AT TC Sessions: Mobility, we heard from Tortoise co-founder and president Dmitry Shevelenko, Elemental Excelerator director of Innovation, Mobility, Danielle Harris and Superpedestrian VP of Strategy