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Logistics robotics startup Ambi raises $ 26 million – TechCrunch

Five months ago, Ambi Robotics came out of stealth with a raise of $ 6 million. Today, the Bay Area-based company is back with several times that, announcing a $ 26 million Series A, led by Tiger Global. The new round also includes participation from existing investors, including Bow Capital, Vertex Ventures US and The House Fund.

The startup first hit our radar thanks to UC Berkeley’s involvement (and frequent TC sessions: Robotics guest Ken Goldberg). Ambi operates in the robotic pick and place space – it’s a crowded category, but with an intense level of interest, as more warehouse and distribution centers accelerate towards automation after business closures. ‘last year.

Ambi has already recruited top partners, including Pitney Bowes. Although it didn’t sneak out until April, the robotics startup began rolling out its first systems – including AmbiSort and AmbiKit – in October of last year, ahead of the massive holiday rush.

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The company’s main differentiation is the AI ​​that powers its picking robotics system.

“Ambi Robotics combines cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology with engaging user interfaces to transform the role of ‘object managers’ into’ robot managers,” CEO Jim Liefer said in a statement. “With our Series A funding, we will be able to enable more businesses to help their associates work seamlessly alongside robots. “

This last cycle will be used to evolve both the systems and the human team that build them, and to deploy additional units.

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