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Drone delivery startup Zipline is expanding its U.S. customer base across healthcare, restaurant and retail verticals. Global health and wellness brand GNC, Seattle-based pizza restaurant Pagliacci Pizza and medical courier…

Zipline’s new drone delivery platform attracts more US customers

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Mistaking performance for competence

A year or two before launching Actuator, someone on staff floated the idea of my writing a weekly robotics newsletter. I balked at the suggestion. Surely, I suggested, we would be struggling to fill the pages by week two. It’s not so much that I doubted whether there was enough robotics content to keep the…

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Mistaking performance for competence

Zipline unveiled its next generation electric autonomous drone platform Wednesday that includes an updated drone as well as a more accurate method of delivering parcels to a customer’s home. Zipline…

Zipline unveils cute little droid to make drone delivery more accurate

Zipline got its start six years ago using its autonomous electric drones to deliver blood in Rwanda. Now, the logistics and drone delivery startup is expanding its Rwandan government partnership…

Zipline is now the national drone service provider for Rwanda

Zipline, a drone delivery and logistics company that got its start delivering medical supplies in Africa, has started dropping prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to homes in the Salt Lake City,…

Zipline’s drones to deliver medicine in Salt Lake City area

Verily, the life sciences business under Alphabet, said Friday that it has raised $1 billion, capital that will be used to expand its data-driven healthcare products tailored to individuals. The…

Alphabet’s Verily raises $1 billion as tech giants enter red hot healthcare sector

Zipline has hired departing Verily CFO and Tesla veteran Deepak Ahuja as its first chief business and financial officer, an appointment that comes as the drone delivery and logistics startup…

Zipline lands departing Verily CFO, Tesla veteran Deepak Ahuja

Jumia, the pan-African e-commerce company, has partnered with Zipline to launch on-demand drone delivery in Ghana, with plans to expand the service to Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire in the near…

Jumia, Zipline launch drone package delivery in Ghana

Last year was record-breaking for African startups. I know I’m probably starting to sound like a broken record, but the astronomical growth is worth highlighting again and again. In this…

Reports say African startups raised record-smashing $4.3B to $5B in 2021

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The Station: Bird has drama in San Francisco, drone delivery startup Zipline raises $250M

Drone delivery startup Zipline, a company that got its start delivering medical supplies across Africa, has raised $250 million in new funding. This latest round has vaulted the company’s valuation…

Zipline raises $250M at $2.75B valuation to build out its instant logistics service

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The Station: Argo AI plots its fundraising course and Waymo changes leadership

Walmart now has two tests for drone delivery running in the U.S. Early Monday morning the company announced a new drone delivery program with Zipline, a startup that made its…

Walmart expands drone delivery tests to Arkansas with new Zipline partnership

Events in May offered support to the thesis that Africa can incubate tech with global application. Two startups that developed their business models on the continent — MallforAfrica and Zipline…

Africa Roundup: DHL invests in MallforAfrica, Zipline launches in US, Novastar raises $200M

Drones are being deployed in the fight to curb COVID-19 in the U.S. Novant Health and California-based UAV delivery startup Zipline have launched distribution of personal protective gear and medical…

Zipline begins US medical delivery with drone program honed in Africa

Goldman Sachs is investing in African tech companies. The venerable American investment bank and financial services firm has backed startups from Kenya to Nigeria and taken a significant stake in…

What we know (and don’t) about Goldman Sachs’ Africa VC investing

The business of selling consumer goods and services online is a relatively young endeavor across Africa, but e-commerce is set to boom. Over the last eight years, the sector has…

Jumia, DHL and Alibaba will face off in African e-commerce 2.0

Like another famous accelerator program founded around the same time, Techstars has grown considerably since its 2006 launch in Boulder, Colorado. In fact, the brand seems to be in so many…

Techstars’s new CEO on the state of the famed accelerator and what’s next for 2020

With a valuation of over $1 billion and $190 million in new financing, Zipline has become the latest contender to be the leader in the game of drones. The competition…

Zipline’s new $190 million funding means it’s the newest billion dollar contender in the game of drones

Zipline, the San Francisco-based UAV manufacturer and logistics services provider, has launched a program in Ghana today for drone delivery of medical supplies. Working with the Ghanaian government, Zipline will…

Drone delivery startup Zipline launches UAV medical program in Ghana

Nigerian trucking logistics startup Kobo360 has raised $6 million to upgrade its platform and expand operations to Ghana, Togo and Cote D’Ivoire.

Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360 raises $6M, expands in Africa

Realizing the true potential of any idea takes time and requires input from diverse cultures and perspectives. Technological innovation is no exception.

The innovation supply chain: How ideas traverse continents and transform economies

A drone revolution is coming to sub-Saharan Africa. Countries across the continent are experimenting with this 21st century technology as a way to leapfrog decades of neglect of 20th century…

African experiments with drone technologies could leapfrog decades of infrastructure neglect

Twenty-sixteen was a pivotal year for African tech. The continent’s IT scene attracted major investment, produced its first $1 billion startup, launched a national drone delivery program, and drew one…

2016 Africa roundup: drone delivery, VC, unicorns, exits and Zuck

Zipline International Inc. has raised $25 million in a Series B funding round to expand its humanitarian delivery drone business in Rwanda, the U.S. and beyond. The startup builds drones…

Zipline raises $25 million to deliver medical supplies by drone

A maker of delivery drones called Zipline began nationwide delivery of blood and other critical medical supplies in Rwanda today, through a partnership with the Rwandan government. The program strikes…

A test flight with Zipline, makers of humanitarian delivery drones

The past few years have been exciting for drones; they’ve gained the attention of consumers, enterprises and governments. Their ability to shoot photography and capture data, and potentially violate privacy,…

Are drones actually a sector or just another layer in the enterprise SaaS stack?

On the heels of a recent White House initiative announced after its first “Workshop on Drones and The Future of Aviation,” San Francisco based robotics startup Zipline will test drone…

Backed by White House, Zipline to test U.S. medical drone delivery

Strike the right balance on drone policy

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — more commonly referred to as drones — are on the cusp of a major commercial trial that has the power to save thousands of lives.…

Strike the right balance on drone policy

More big U.S. corporate names are entering Africa’s tech space and testing new models there. UPS took its first steps in the African drone delivery space teaming up with San…

Africa Roundup: UPS Enters Drone Space, Uber Tests Cash, Facebook Offers Free Internet in Nigeria