Zipline builds products that improve access to healthcare and saves lives. Zipline created Zip, a small robot airplane designed for a high level of safety, using many of the same approaches as commercial airliners. It can carry vaccines, medicine, or blood.

about the company


Keenan Wyrobek is co-founder and head of product and engineering at Zipline, the world’s first drone delivery service whose focus is delivering life-saving medicine to the most difficult to reach places on earth. Zipline has been contracted by the Government of Rwanda to deliver blood to transfusion clinics across the country. The company plans to expand its medical delivery service to countries across Africa and Latin America over the course of 2017. In addition, Zipline recently announced plans to bring its life-saving technology to help underserved Native American populations the United States. Prior to Zipline, Keenan was a co-founder and director of the Personal Robotics Program at Willow Garage. He was involved in launching and growing the Robot Operating System (ROS) and shipping PR2, the first personal robot for software R&D. Keenan has spent years delivering high tech products to market across a range of fields including consumer electronics, sportswear, and medical robotics. He is passionate about creating magical customer experiences and hiring world-class teams.

Peter Seid is Cofounder at Romotive.

Phu Nguyen is Cofounder at Romotive.

Romotive in the press

May 2, 2017

Simulyze President and CEO Kevin Gallagher to Speak at Xponential 2017 About the Technology Behind Drone Deliveries

WHAT:Xponential 2017 will be held May 8-11, 2017, hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), a global, nonprofit organization devoted to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. The four-day conference will bring together leaders in drones, intelligent robotics and unmanned systems to present current activities and discuss the industry’s future. The May 10 panel discussion, “The Technology Behind Drone Delivery: A Discussion on Critical Technical Aspects,” will feature remarks by Simulyze CEO and President Kevin Gallagher. The panel discussion will address the potential for drone delivery services and the key technical challenges that must be considered and overcome for drone delivery to become a reality. Mission Insight was the only enterprise-level solution used that integrated all aspects of multiple flight operations into a single interface.

Feb. 16, 2017

MassRobotics targets robotics startups with labs and collaborative working space in Boston

A new collaborative working space for fledgling robotics startups officially opened in Massachusetts today. The building consists of offices, a laboratory, and a testing facility, as well as equipment to aid robotics startups develop their concepts, such as 3D printers and an electronics lab. Elsewhere, 7-Eleven partnered with drone delivery service Flirtey to complete what was touted as “the first fully autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence,” while over in the U.K. Amazon delivered its first package by drone. That MassRobotics has opened in Boston is indicative of the burgeoning robotics industry that’s sprung up around MIT. “We are excited to now offer shared workspace designed to support companies, robotics technologies, and the robots they are developing,” said MassRobotics executive director Thomas Ryden.

Jan. 17, 2017

Measure raises $15 million to help companies use drones to capture and analyze data

We make drones work,” proclaims Washington, DC-based Measure, a startup that’s setting out to help enterprises set up their own drone programs. Founded in 2014, Measure is a “drone-as-a-service” startup that works with companies in specific sectors to figure out how they can best use data acquired by drones. Today, Measure has announced a $15 million funding round from Cognizant Technology Solutions, with participation from existing investors. And a few months back, drone startup Zipline raised $25 million to deliver blood, vaccines, and other medical goods to hard-to-reach locales. Elsewhere, San Francisco-based DroneDeploy recently nabbed $20 million for its software-as-a-service platform that helps businesses analyze and make sense of their aerial drone data.

Jan. 13, 2017

Apple joins official government committee overseeing self-driving cars

In the latest sign that Apple has long-term ambition to break into the transportation industry and self-driving cars, one of its top officials has joined a new Department of Transportation committee. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives, and a former Obama administration official, will join a new federal committee that advises on transportation automation. She’ll be joined by John Krafcik, the CEO of Alphabet’s self-driving project Waymo, as well as officials from Uber, Amazon, Zoox, Lyft, and Hyperloop One. The committee will be co-chaired by Mary Barra, the General Motors CEO. In December, Apple sent a comment to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirming its work in self-driving cars.

Nov. 25, 2016

a16z Podcast: Drones for Delivery in Healthcare – Andreessen Horowitz

The peace dividend of the smartphone (and electric vehicle) wars has yielded components and cost dynamics that make all this possible. But more importantly, the economics — bypassing motorcycles and going 20x as fast — are actually profitable, as drones can help leapfrog existing (or lacking) road infrastructure. In this episode of the a16z Podcast (in conversation with Chris Dixon and recorded at our recent inaugural a16z Summit), Rinaudo and UPS’ Vice President of Healthcare Strategy John Menna discuss using drones to leapfrog infrastructure, and save lives by doing it in less than 15 minutes. What does the trend towards “light and fast” logistics — based on smaller inventory in a number of controlled-environment yet centrally managed locations — look like? And finally, how can drones for healthcare delivery further the trend of personalized medicine?

Nov. 14, 2016

Consumer drone business struggles, but enterprise market looks promising

3D Robotics - an early drone startup that raised more than$125 million from investors - has seen its consumer business all but crash. 3D Robotics took a beating after releasing its Solo consumer drone last year for about $1,500, said co-founder and CEO Chris Anderson. The new rules simplified licensing requirements, making it possible for small companies to certify themselves to operate commercial drones. A separate report released the same month from Grand View Research projected annual sales of consumer drones globally at just $4.19 billion by 2024. Alphabet Inc has also pushed our managers and cut funding for commercial drone project, according to a Bloomberg report this week.

Nov. 11, 2016

Drone startup Zipline raises $25 million to expand on-demand blood deliveries

Half Moon Bay drone startup Zipline on Thursday announced it raised $25 million from major investors to deliver blood to transfusion patients in Africa. “Zipline will help solve that problem once and for all.”Last month Zipline began dropping blood in Rwanda, and plans to ramp up to between 50 and 150 on-demand deliveries a day to 21 local transfusion clinics. Including its most recent round of funding, Zipline has raised $43 million. Photo: A Zipline drone. (Courtesy of Zipline)Share this: EmailTwitterFacebookLinkedInRedditGoogleMorePinterestTumblrTags: Africa, drone, rwanda, Zipline

Jan. 16, 2016

Surprise! YC is the top accelerator for getting VC funding

And, would you believe it, Y Combinator is, by far, the biggest accelerator out there. So why do these three, and Y Combinator in particular, see so much action? While these are the three top accelerators, it's basically Y Combinator and then everybody else, because, of course. There are three accelerators we all think of right away: Y Combinator, 500 Startups and Techstars. The biggest investor in companies to come out of 500 Startups was SoftTech VC, which has made 10 investments, including Popout, BetterDoctor,, StyleSeat and NewHound.

Dec. 8, 2015

Research and Markets: Global Programmable Robots Market Worth USD 2381.5 Million by 2020 - Analysis, Trends, Technologies & Forecast 2015-2020

The global programmable robots market is expected to be worth USD 2,381.5 Million by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 14.94% between 2015 to 2020. This programmable robots market report includes the detailed analysis of market dynamics, Porter's five forces model, value chain, competitive landscape, and market scenario during the forecast period. The report profiles the key players in the programmable robots market with their respective market share analysis. The Porter's five forces framework has been applied for the analysis of the programmable robots market. Key Topics Covered:Analysis of the programmable robots market which has been segmented based on component, application, and geography.

May 21, 2014

Gigaom This cloud-equipped factory wants to be the go-to manufacturer for small hardware startups

Right now, early-stage hardware startups commonly build their products by hand. AdvertisementAdvertisement“When we’re building Factorli, we’re looking at how do we build an operating system that will run the whole factory,” McCabe said. … There are huge costs that you just don’t account for.”AdvertisementMcCabe’s newest venture, Factorli, is meant to solve those manufacturing barriers that haunt even the best hardware startups. McCabe said the factory will be capable of producing basically anything made out of plastic, metal and a circuit board. When demand outstrips what they can do in house, they begin the process of outsourcing the work to a factory.

March 14, 2014

Gigaom VegasTechFund’s Jen McCabe on the future of hardware

AdvertisementAdvertisementToday, she’s interested in making starting a hardware company as easy as a software company. But when the Romotive team decided to move to San Francisco, she stayed behind in Las Vegas and joined VegasTechFund. “Don’t want to wait on promising hardware companies. But VegasTechFund, which has invested in companies like littleBits, Whill and Scanadu over the last six months, is confidently moving ahead with adding hardware companies to its portfolio. Her current mountain is at VegasTechFund, a Las Vegas investment fund where McCabe oversees seed and early stage investments in hardware like robots, drones and connected devices.

Feb. 13, 2013

Gigaom Playtime for tech at the Toy Fair (photos)

There are plush toys, dancing plush toys, building sets and dolls. For example, I was charmed by shelves of Android robot plush toys (from $10 to $43) from Gann Memorials, a company in North Carolina. AdvertisementAdvertisementThere were also tech toys for babies with iPads, such as Tiggly, a puzzle game to help toddlers recognize shapes. AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd the $90 for the LittleBits toys that have been dubbed the next-generation of LEGOs had me ready to plunk down my credit card. And as I wondered how tech toys might do in the bigger market outside the geeks and early adopters, I got a reality check from a fellow blogger who writes for the parenting site Babble.

Oct. 17, 2012

Turn Your iPhone into a Robot With Romo [VIDEO]

Users simply dock their iPhone 4, 4S or fourth-generation iPod Touch into a mobile robotic base, and use another mobile device to drive him. Created by Romotive, Romo has an iOS brain, according to the company's Kickstarter page. SEE ALSO: Create Your Own Robot Using This Multiplo Kit [VIDEO]This isn't the first time that Romo has been introduced to the public. Enter Romo, a pint-sized personal bot that combines the brain power of a smartphone and the wheels of a radio-controlled car. Correction, 10/20/12 5:55PMThis article has been edited to reflect the following correction: Romo is currently in version 3.0, not version 2.0, as previously stated.

July 19, 2012

Gigaom 5 Las Vegas startups you need to know

Just about a year into a concerted effort to build a technology scene in Las Vegas, startups of all types are already forming in Las Vegas and moving to the city. Last weekend, in fact, SuperNAP data center operator Switch Communications hosted the second-annual Startup Weekend Las Vegas. RomotiveAdvertisementRomotive, with its vision to fuse the worlds of smartphones and robotics, might be one of the coolest consumer-tech companies around, not just in Las Vegas. Switch actually has its own venture fund, too, as well as multiple programs designed to bring high-tech jobs to the city. AdvertisementIt’s also not alone in this space, as startups such as Storific and Tabula are also trying to use smartphones to streamline the ordering process.

Feb. 24, 2012

Gigaom How startup life is different when you’re building stuff, not apps

I recently visited the headquarters of two Las Vegas startups, Romotive and Walls 360, that are busy making their own stuff. However, because individual orders are printed on demand, Campbell said the plan is to let customers upload their own images and have Walls 360 print them. Las Vegas gave it both. Advertisement[slideshow]AdvertisementEat, sleep, build robotsAdvertisementFor Romotive, one of the startups that Zappos’ (s amzn) CEO Tony Hsieh has lured to Las Vegas, life is definitely interesting right now. Walk into the office of a startup that’s creating physical products, and it’s a different experience.

Feb. 17, 2012

Gigaom For startups, Las Vegas is a beautifully clean slate

If one really wants to call Hsieh’s Las Vegas startup effort an incubator, it’s only in the loosest sense. AdvertisementReality checkAdvertisementAdvertisementDespite the optimism of the startups that now call Las Vegas home, though, there are some very real institutional challenges. For companies headquartered in Las Vegas to hire without having to convince candidates to up and move to a new city, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas might have to become the city’s own feeder system. AdvertisementAdvertisementAnd when companies get the employees they want, being in Las Vegas should make it easier to keep them. AdvertisementFeature image by Derrick Harris; Las Vegas population map courtesy of Data Pointed.

Feb. 16, 2012

Gigaom An inside look at the high-tech awakening in Las Vegas

Anyone who cares to contribute an idea can weigh in on what downtown Las Vegas needs. AdvertisementIndeed, something is brewing in Las Vegas, and it’s just getting started. AdvertisementOther startups in Las Vegas include Walls360 (which counts Guy Kawasaki among its investors),, Tracky and GarageGames. I live in Las Vegas, and have since 2006. AdvertisementUp next: Why startups are moving to Las Vegas, why they love it and how they plan to overcome the city’s technological shortcomings.