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Voi raises another $85M for its European e-scooter service

Voi Technology, the “micro-mobility� startup that operates an e-scooter service in a 38 cities across 10 European countries, has raised an $85 million in Series B funding.

Backing the round is a mixture of existing and new investors. They include Balderton Capital, Creandum, Project A, JME Ventures, Raine Ventures, Kreos Capital, Inbox Capital, Rider Global, and Black Ice Capital. The new funding brings the total raised by Voi to $136 million.

Eagled-eyed readers will have noticed that, based on our previous Voi coverage, the total figure is $32 million short. That’s because not all of Voi’s previous Series A commitment was cashed in after the company was offered more favourable terms for its $30 million Series A extension and therefore elected not to draw down the second tranche of its original Series A.

Launched in 2018, the company is best-known for its e-scooter rentals but now pitches itself as a micro-mobility provider, offering a number of different transport devices. These include various e-scooter and e-bike models, in a bid to become a broader transport operator helping to re-shape urban transport and wean people off using cars.

To date, Voi says it has 4 million registered users and has powered 14 million rides. More recently it has launched new, more robust hardware that has been designed to sustain the rigours of commercial e-bike sharing. The idea is that more suitable hardware will help e-scooter companies improve margins since more rides can be extracted from the life-span of each vehicle.

On that note, Voi says it will use the new funding to develop “strong profitable businesses” in the 38 cities where it is already operating, as well as increase its R&D spend to improve its technology platform and products. Earlier this year, the company announced that it is already profitable in the cities of Stockholm and Oslo.

“Clearly, we feel we are on track to achieve this in more of our cities and that is our aim,” Voi co-founder and CEO Fredrik Hjelm tells me. “At this point, a key focus for us is to ensure we continue to increase the lifetime of our e-scooters, forge key partnerships and continue to work in those cities which provide the best conditions for a profitable e-scooter business”.

Hjelm says that Voi’s version 2 scooters are projected to last over 18 months, which means the company should be in profit before it needs to raise again. However, he wouldn’t be drawn on when that might be.

With regards to R&D and improvements to the Voi platform, the company will continue to work on the lifetime of its e-scooters, in addition to improved repair management via integrating “predictive diagnostics”.

Hjelm also says Voi is developing “AI-powered” fleet management and more generally the platform’s capability to support future product portfolio expansion. In other words, we can expect new micro-mobility device categories in the future.


Source: TechCrunch

"La tecnología interviene en el 70 % de las decisiones médicas"

Para el director de Siemens Healthineers España, Luis Cortina, los mayores beneficios de la innovación aplicada al ámbito de la salud estriban en la elaboración de diagnósticos cada vez más tempranos y en el impulso a la sostenibilidad de un sector que tiene que atender a una sociedad cada vez más longeva
Source: MIT

Este robot imita el equilibrio de los humanos para aprender a caminar

Investigadores de la Universidad de Illinois y el MIT han desarrollado una interfaz hombre-máquina que registra los movimientos de un operador y los replica en un robot bípedo. Copiando nuestros gestos, las máquinas podrán moverse mejor en entornos desconocidos y prestar su ayuda en situaciones peligrosas para los humanos  
Source: MIT

Los trabajadores de Google acusan a la empresa de espiarlos

Algunos empleados del gigante tecnológico aseguran que la compañía ha creado una herramienta interna que alerta sobre las convocatorias de reuniones con muchos participantes para saber si piensan asociarse. Aunque Google dice que su objetivo es evitar el envío de ‘spam’, el conflicto demuestra la desconfianza del equipo
Source: MIT

Wait, so who actually left the coffee cup on the set of Game of Thrones? – CNET

It’s quickly becoming the greatest mystery on television history.
Source: CNET

The best cars under $40,000 in 2019 – Roadshow

There are plenty of great cars, trucks, and SUVs with MSRPs under $40,000. Here are our editors’ favorites.
Source: CNET

The best cars under $30,000 in 2019 – Roadshow

Our editors picked their favorite cars, trucks, SUVs, and sports cars that start below $30,000.
Source: CNET

New Apple Mac Pro spotted in DJ Calvin Harris’ studio on Instagram

The Mac Pro 2019 was spotted in an Instagram story by DJ Calvin Harris, which he uploaded to show off his studio and a song that he is working on.
Source: Digital trends

Move over, Black Friday: These are the best Singles Day 2019 deals available now – CNET

Wondering why Veterans Day sales are suddenly being called Singles Day sales? It’s all about online retailers trying to Americanize China’s biggest shopping day of the year.
Source: CNET

This ASUS gaming laptop is like an early Black Friday deal at $270 off – CNET

Packed with a Core i5 processor and a GTX 1650 video card, this laptop costs just $580.
Source: CNET

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