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Robot software firm Mujin raises $85M


An increasing number of companies are looking to automate as a shortage of skilled workers is expected to take a toll on manufacturers through 2030. 
Tokyo- and Atlanta-based startup Mujin, which develops AI-based software for industrial automation, believes that robots can improve productivity and safety. Today, the startup is announcing an $85 million Series C, bringing its total funding up to $150 million. SBI Investment led the latest round, with participation from Pegasus Tech Ventures and Accenture, among others. Mujin declined to disclose its valuation. 
Founded in 2011 by Ross Diankov and Issei Takino, the company has built MujinController, which allows users to deploy and automate various applications for their industrial robots across manufacturing and logistics at a lower cost. CEO Diankov told TechCrunch that he decided to found Mujin in Japan, where many manufacturing and automation tech firms are located. 
He describes the software platform as “the definitive brain for robots, an indispensable component that drives their intelligence and capabilities across various industries.” 

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