April 17, 2019
The Best Way to Make a Global Impact: Localization
Large companies are increasingly seeking out opportunities to create products that appeal to local populations
Geek of the Week: Olga Zinoveva brings bright mind to Bright Machines and the future of automation
Geek of the Week profiles the characters of Pacific Northwest tech, science, games, innovation, and more.
Who’s Hiring and Who’s Firing: A Flood of Tech Jobs Expands Beyond the U.S. West Coast
Manufacturing robotics systems maker Bright Machines announced that it will expand beyond its San Francisco roots into Seattle. Its first hire is a senior vice president of software engineering; no word on how quickly that office will grow.
The 10 Hottest Robotics Startups Of 2018
Makers of next-gen robots for warehousing and manufacturing, along with developers of cutting-edge drones and home robots, are featured on our list of top robotics startups of the year.
How AI Can Make Smart Robots Smarter
There’s a term that’s been going around called “lights out factories” which refers to manufacturing facilities that are so automated that you don’t even need to leave the lights on because there are no humans around.
Top VC deals: Amazon backs Tado, Nio Capital backs Innovusion, and Bessemer closes its 10th fund at $1.85 billion
Start-ups: Bright Machines raised $179 million in series A funding from Eclipse Ventures to make robots smarter, and better at manufacturing electronics.
Six big things: New billions keep piling up in US VC funds
Robots can do a lot of things. In the case of Bright Machines, a startup that officially launched this week after being incubated inside Flex, their primary purpose is to automate manufacturing processes.
The Funded: 11 Bay Area startups, including 2 that were profiled in The Pitch, raise over $400M
Eleven Bay Area companies, including one profiled in The Pitch last year, raised more than $400 million at midweek. Here is more about that, two IPO updates and several M&A deals.
S.F. smart robotics company lands huge funding haul, plans big hiring boost
Bright Machines scored a staggering $179 million first round of funding, as the San Francisco-based smart robotic systems company seeks to grab a piece of the multibillion-dollar smart automation manufacturing industry.
Autodesk, Flex veterans raise $179 mln for manufacturing startup
A group of former executives from Autodesk Inc and Flex Ltd has raised $179 million in venture capital for a manufacturing startup that aims to use a combination of robots and new software to remove much of the manual labor from manufacturing electronic devices.
Bright Machines lands $179M to bring smarter robotics to manufacturing
Robotics has had a role in manufacturing since the 1970s, but even today they are aren’t often driven by the latest software. Bright Machines, a San Francisco startup wants to change that…