Zoox

Zoox

A robotics company developing autonomous vehicle fleet using the technology of robotics and machine learning.

Zoox is a robotics company developing autonomous vehicle fleet using the technology of robotics and machine learning that is headquartered in Foster City, California and was founded in 2014 by Tim Kentley-Klay and Jesse Levinson. It aims to provide autonomous mobility as-a-service in the urban.

Funding

Seed

In July 2015 Zoox completed their seed funding round with $40 million in funding from undisclosed investors.

Series A

In November 2016 Zoox completed their series A funding round with $250 million in funding from undisclosed investors. At the time of announcing their series A funding Zoox came out of stealth mode with a company valuation of $1.55 billion.

Sereis B

On July 18, 2018 Zoox completed a venture capital round with $500 million in series B funding from Grok Ventures (lead investor) and Blackbird Ventures. At the time of receiving their venture funding Zoox had a company evaluation of $2.7 billion. The company plans on using the funding to deploy their autonomous vehicles by 2020.

Timeline

October 2019

Zoox raises a $200,000,000 series C round.

July 18, 2018

Zoox raises a $500,000,000 series B round from Blackbird Ventures and Grok Ventures.

2018

Zoox is valued at $3.2 billion, according to data from PitchBook.

November 2016

Zoox raises a $250,000,000 series A round.

July 2015

Zoox raises a $40,000,000 seed round.

Funding rounds

Funding round
Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Investment
Zoox funding round, July 2018
Series B round
500,000,000
July 18, 2018
Grok Ventures
Blackbird Ventures
Zoox funding round, October 2019
Series C round
200,000,000
October 2019
Zoox funding round, July 2015
Seed round
40,000,000
July 2015
Zoox funding round, November 2016
Series A round
250,000,000
November 2016
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People

Name
Role
LinkedIn

Amanda Lind

Employee

Anne-Elyse Wachur

Employee

Anthony Kuhl

Employee

Brandon Feig

Employee

Carl Bass

Board member

Dimitri Alves

Employee

Felix Lorsignol

Employee

Frank Ramírez

Employee

Greg Zanghi

Employee

James Pearson Hughes

Employee

Jesse Levinson

Co-Founder

Jim Pallotta

Investor

Joseph Wu

Employee

Kit Cutler

Employee

Laurie Yoler

Board member

Luke Robus

Employee

Mark Schwager

Employee

Matt Rudolph

Employee

Megan Yee

Employee

Reid Rosenberg

Employee

Sandy Kory

Investor

Sophia Ho-Sing-Loy

Employee

Tim Kentley-Klay

Co-Founder

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News

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Reuters
July 10, 2020
@bsindia
Amazon will pay $1.3 billion in cash for the takeover, which the parties hope to close by September
Aarian Marshall
July 7, 2020
Wired
Making an autonomous vehicle is proving harder and costlier than many startups predicted. So they're teaming up with giants like Hyundai, Jaguar, and Ford.
Aarian Marshall
June 26, 2020
Wired
The ecommerce giant is buying Zoox, which is designing autonomous robotaxis. Beware Uber and Lyft.
By James Pero For Dailymail.com
June 26, 2020
Mail Online
Musk's critical tweet no doubt references the CEO's own ventures with the electric vehicle company, Tesla, which has been making its own self-driving vehicles and software for some time.
Kirsten Korosec
June 7, 2020
TechCrunch
The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here -- just click The Station -- to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi friends and first-time readers. Welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to [...]
Kirsten Korosec
May 31, 2020
TechCrunch
The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here -- just click The Station -- to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hi and welcome back to The Station, a newsletter dedicated to all the present and future ways people and packages move from Point A to Point B. I'm [...]
Mark Matousek
November 16, 2019
Business Insider
The autonomous-driving startup Zoox has a promising but difficult business model: making custom, self-driving vehicles that will give rides in cities.
Kirsten Korosec
September 28, 2019
TechCrunch
Cars might still reign supreme, but things they are a changin'. And companies are lining up to provide new ways -- and some recycled ones -- for people to get from Point A to Point B. The past several years have seen an explosion in startups, automakers and tech companies launching and testing products from [...]
Megan Rose Dickey
September 21, 2019
TechCrunch
Aicha Evans, CEO of self-driving startup Zoox, is joining us at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in just two short weeks. Evans came on board to Zoox earlier this year following the unexpected firing of co-founder and former CEO Tim Kentley-Klay in August. At the time of the announcement, Zoox co-founder and CTO Jesse Levinson told [...]

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