Robotics fundings, acquisitions and IPOs: May 2018

Twenty-seven startups were funded in May for a total of $2.5 billion. The top five were: Cruise Holdings announced a two-phase funding by SoftBank Vision Fund totaling $2.25 billion. $900 million will be funded right away. Future funding of $1.35 billion is contingent on two things:…

Robotic fundings, acquisitions and IPOs: April 2018

Twenty startups were funded in April 2018. Fifteen disclosed transaction amounts totaling $808 million of which the $600 million to SenseTime, the Alibaba-funded Chinese deep learning and facial recognition software provider focused on smart self-driving vehicle systems, was by far the largest. Year to date,…

Robotics fundings, acquisitions and IPOs: March 2018

Twenty-four startups were funded in March 2018 raising a combined total of $350 million. That brings the 3-month total to $1.5 billion! Sorting robots at JD’s smart automated warehouse in Shanghai There was an additional funding of $2.5 billion to JD Logistics, an 81.4%-owned spin-off…

Robotics fundings, acquisitions, IPOs, failures: February 2018

Nineteen different startups were funded in February, raising $377 million; a substantial two-month start for the new year. Five acquisitions were reported during the month, while the IPO front had no activity whatsoever. CB Insights said that China dominated the funding of AI-related startups during…

Robotics industry fundings, acquisitions & IPOs: January 2018

Twenty-five different startups were funded in January cumulatively raising $784 million; a great start for the new year. Four acquisitions were reported during the month while the IPO front lay waiting for something to happen. According to Silicon Valley Bank’s annual survey of 1,000+ executives,…

December 2017 fundings, acquisitions and IPOs

Twenty-one different startups were funded in December cumulatively raising $430 million, down from the $782 million in November. Three didn’t report the amount of their funding. Only three were over $50 million of which one was a Chinese startup. Three acquisitions were reported during the…