Anki is a robotics and artificial intelligence startup that puts robotics technology in products for kids. Anki programs physical objects to be intelligent and adaptable in the physical world, and aims to solve the problems of positioning, reasoning, and execution in artificial intelligence and robotics.
The company received $50 million in Series A and Series B venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, and Two Sigma. In September 2014, Anki announced that it has raised another $55 million in Series C venture funding led by JP Morgan. In June 2016, the company announced its latest round of funding, which amounted to $52.5M, also led by JP Morgan. Total funding to date is $182.5 million. Marc Andreessen and Danny Rimer serve on the company’s board, in addition to the three co-founders.
Anki was founded by Boris Sofman, Mark Palatucci, and Hanns Tappeiner, founded officially in 2010 and is headquartered in San Francisco.
Anki’s first product, Anki Drive, was released in Apple stores in the U.S. and Canada, on Apple.com and Anki.com starting Oct. 23, 2013. It retails for $149.99, with additional cars available for $49.99 and Expansion Tracks for $69.99 Anki Drive is a racing game that combines an iOS app with physical race cars. Each car is equipped with optical sensors, wireless chips, motors, and artificial intelligence software. Anki OVERDRIVE was released September 2015. In October 2016, Anki launched Cozmo in the US.