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Ahti Heinla, co-founder of Starship Technologies, on how robots will transform the delivery space

At Tech City News, we’re always keen to shine a light on those who make up the UK’s thriving technology community.

This week, we spoke with Ahti Heinla, co-founder and CEO of Starship Technologies, a robotics company.

Heinla talked about the future of the robotics industry and his definition of success. 

Tech vertical: Robotics
Funding: €16.5m
Staff count: 90
Location: London
Founded: 2014

Q: Where did the idea for Starship Technologies come from?

While still at Skype, Janus Friis and I were brainstorming the changes we could make in the world using new robotic technology. We realised we could make the world smaller with robots by creating a low-cost and sustainable delivery option for the things people need most in everyday life: groceries, takeaway food, packages, etc. Once we realised this was possible to do with autonomous robots, we set out to create them....