ABCey’s Startup Monday: Zipline!

Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that showcases some of the best and most innovative startups based in the San Francisco Bay Area! These are often companies that we have our eye on or have worked with in the past. This week, the spotlight’s on Zipline – the startup devoted to delivering life-saving medical supplies, even to the most remote locations! 


What is Zipline?


Zipline is the only startup to take to the skies to deliver urgently-needed medicines, like blood and vaccines. They are able to work at a national level to provide these services to anyone with the help of drones! Since its launch in 2016, the team has delivered thousands of units of blood to those in need in Rwanda.


How does it work?

Zipline – Delivery

Their process is simplified into 5 steps. First, health workers at clinics and hospitals send a text message requesting the medical supplies they need. Then, the Zipline team quickly responds and packages the items at the Zipline Distribution Center. In addition to immediate access, having valued medicines located in the center maintains product integrity! Afterward, health workers receive a confirmation text when their order is launched. Traveling at over 100 km/h, the medical supplies are delivered in 30 minutes or less. When the order has safely descended via parachute in the designated recovery area, health workers are notified. Lastly, the drone returns to the Distribution Center to be quickly restocked and sent off again!


Why do we love Zipline?

We love Zipline for its innovation and its service! They were able to develop a revolutionary idea by utilizing one of the hottest tech trends of 2016 – drones. Their work ensures that those who live in remote locations are able to provide immediate medical care without worrying about access to medicines. Also, their drone delivery service cuts down the wait time by over an hour! We really admire that Zipline has given opportunities to thousands of individuals.


Have you heard of them? Do you like Zipline, too? We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!

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ABCey’s Startup Monday: Gogoro

Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on, or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events! Today’s Startup Monday highlights Gogoro, a smart electric scooter that is changing the face of urban transport.

What is Gogoro?

Gogoro scooter

Gogoro has created smart scooters made for urban landscapes! The scooters are powered by an electric motor that has also been developed by Gogoro. It is also plugless as it runs on lithium batteries that users swap out instead of having to charge the scooter. Although Gogoro’s scooters are not available in the US due to working through regulations, Gogoro has scooters in the test cities of Taipei and Berlin.

Gogoro’s Scooters

Gogoro scooter collection

The stylish scooter goes from zero to 30 in 4.2 seconds and tops out around 60 mph.  Users range from elderly users to trendy millennials. The company has the capability to track the scooters, and also knows if they crash or are running low on power. Another cool feature is that the scooters relies on smartphones as keys. Smartphones are also used to locate the scooters as well.

Rechargeable Battery Packs

Rechargeable batteries

The scooters rely on two rechargeable 20-pound batteries, which the company has also developed. The batteries can power the scooter for up to 60 miles. The company aims to set up charging stations and has set up 140 in Taipei. Users can visit the charging stations around cities and swap out the batteries for new ones. They have also developed a smaller charging stations for just two batteries that can be set up in a home.

Gogoro has set up an open initiative to discover towns that have a surplus electric scooter fans.

Click here to sign up!

We can’t wait to scoot around San Francisco and our events with one of these environmentally friendly scooters!

 Interested in Gogoro? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!