Automotive robot delivery service Starship Technologies has today announced $25m in additional seed funding, as it recruits former Airbnb executive Lex Bayer as its new CEO.
The round includes follow-on investments from a star-studded cast of investors like Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk, Skype founding engineer Jaan Tallinn and former chairman and CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Gary Barber.
Bayer is joining Starship fresh off the press from Airbnb, where he led its business development, payments and Airbnb For Business departments.
Prior to Airbnb, Bayer founded online paytech firm Spare Change Payments, and served as its CEO until it was acquired by PlaySpan in 2009.
Starship co-founder Janus Friis said that the firm is now at the point where it’s ready to start scaling up the deployment of its robots.
This additional round of funding, combined with Bayer’s appointment, is expected to accelerate the firm’s services to market.