Robots could kill off huge swaths of jobs in the future — but at least they come bearing pizza.
Founded in 2015, Zume Pizza uses robotics and artificial intelligence to make pizza more quickly. The startup has expanded its delivery area across Silicon Valley since its retail launch last fall and added new team members including a former UberEats executive and a robot that can press a mound of dough into the perfect pizza crust five times faster than a human.
An increasing number of pizza eaters are ditching legacy brands like Domino’s and Pizza Hut for newer fast-casual and delivery chains. Business Insider took a tour of Zume’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, to see if the pizza is as good as its tech.
This is no ordinary pizza. It was made by robots.
The concept of a robot-powered pizza delivery service came from friends and cofounders Julia Collins and Alex Garden, who wanted to make high-quality pizza more affordable.
Collins graduated from Stanford Business School, worked as an analyst under Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer, and helped launch New York City fast-casual chain Mexicue. She knew pumping pies full of chemical adulterants wasn’t the answer — tech was.