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Vivid Robotics wins $4.9M boost for food tech

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Garett Ochs is co-founder and CEO of Vivid Robotics. (Garett Ochs via Kickstarter)

The stealthy Seattle-based food automation venture formerly known as Otto Robotics has a new name: Vivid Robotics.

It also has a fresh infusion of $4.9 million in funding, thanks to an investment round reported today in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

And it has a fresh vision that could well extend beyond robotic food preparation, according to co-founder and CEO Garett Ochs. That’s one of the big reasons for the name change.

“We’re going to be creating products for food, and we’re also going to be creating other things,” Ochs told GeekWire. “We wanted to do rebranding so we are set up for a more streamlined approach to a divergent future.”

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Otto Robotics raises $1.5M for robo-food venture

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Otto Robotics, a stealthy startup that’s working on automated systems to make and deliver food, has raised $1.5 million in a private equity offering.

That report comes in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that was made by the nascent company, headquartered in Redmond, Wash.

Otto Robotics’ co-founder and chief, Garett Ochs, told GeekWire that the lead investors for the seed round are Draper Associates and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital.

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