Robot pizza startup Zume shuts down

Roger Stringer Roger Stringer
June 10, 2023
1 min read

As it turns out, it's not easy building a mechanical pizzaiolo. The startup has been stumbling for years.

According to Bloomberg, the company struggled to physically keep melting cheese from sliding off pies that were being baked in its moving trucks.

A robot pizza delivery startup, which raised nearly $500 million, has shut down due to technological setbacks. The company, founded in 2015, initially aimed to develop a mobile pizza-making machine, but pivoted to sustainable packaging in 2020.

Despite significant investment, including $375 million from SoftBank, the company became insolvent. Struggles included keeping melting cheese on pies baked in moving trucks.

The startup's closure highlights the ongoing challenges faced by practical robotics ventures, even as AI progresses in the market.

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