World news – AU – Former Apple COOs join Bumblebee smart home robotics startup – 9to5Mac


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A couple of former Apple executives recently joined Bumblebee Spaces Inc. , A smart home startup that « fuses furniture with robots, » according to a new report from Bloomberg. At Apple, the executives were responsible for the iPod, design manufacturing, and more.

Steve Zadsky, now on the board of directors of Bumblebee Spaces providing advice on product development and marketing, has worked at Apple for more than 20 years.. He oversaw the engineering of early iPod and iPhone models, and took charge of Apple’s secret self-driving car project in 2014.

Zadesky left Apple in 2016, and the company has redirected its focus toward « building an autonomous platform that can ultimately be used for a future car, » says Bloomberg..

Meanwhile, Nick Furlenza will join Bumblebee as a strategic advisor focusing on operations strategy.. Forlenza retired from Apple this year after serving as Vice President of Manufacturing Design. As Bloomberg points out, Zadeski and Forlenza joined Rico Zorkendorfer, who was a member of Johnny Ive’s industrial design team, at Bumblebee..

Bumblebee CEO and co-founder Sankarshan Murthy said that Bumblebee’s strategy was heavily inspired by Apple:

Murthy says he’s trying to recreate much of Apple’s product development process by bringing in former executives who helped lead those areas at Cupertino, the California tech giant.. Apple’s soul has been three groups, product design, industrial design, and manufacturing design, all working in unison to build the best possible products, and at Bumblebee, we’re proud to have that core group of leaders building teams, ‘he said..

The Bumblee website describes its mission as « using micro robots and software » to « transform unused space by moving furniture and storage to the ceiling. ». You can learn more about the company here.

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World News – AU – Former Apple Operations Managers Join Bumblebee Spaces – 9to5Mac
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