The Beijing-based startup, barely a year old, has already deployed the vehicles in the capital and other cities, but it faces stiff competition from a crowded field where other players, especially e-commerce groups, are racing to develop similar robovans.
Scoop CEO Rob Sadow said the fresh funds will be put toward hiring. Scoop recently brought on Bill Thayer as Chief Revenue Officer, who previously held senior leadership, management, and sales roles at American Power Conversion and fuel cell manufacturer Bloom Energy.
Internet connectivity has come slowly to Cuba but recent years have seen significant growth in WiFi hotspots, cyber cafes, and home DSL connections. And with the launch of mobile data service last December, enterprising young Cubans saw further opportunity.
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