Arrivo – The Arrival Company
Arrivo will be the new Hyperloop One! As Hyperloop One had a messy break-up with CTO and co-founder Brogan BamBrogan, lawsuits were filed on both sides that ended in a settlement with terms agreed upon by both parties last November. In his lawsuit against Hyperloop One, BamBrogan seemed frustrated that big decisions at the company were being taken out of the hands of the engineers who were actually taught to build a functional Hyperloop.
But now the former SpaceX engineer is back in the Hyperloop business with Arrivo, a company billing itself as “The Arrival Company,” which could involve a lot more beyond zipping cargo and people from place to place.
Besides CEO BamBrogan, founding members of Arrivo include four former H1 employees: Nima Bahrami, Knut Sauer, William Mulholland, and David Pendergast (those last three, along with BamBrogan, were referred to as the “Gang of Four” in Hyperloop One’s countersuit last year).
Initially, Arrivo is looking to grow to a little over 30 employees by June, and as many as 70 or 80 by year-end, with around 80 percent of those hires focused on engineering and technical talent. The company already has some initial funding to help make this happen. BamBrogan says that they’ll look to source the best available engineers because they have a significant technical challenge, combined with a desire to actually change the world in very practical and impactful ways. Arrivo aims to fill its roster with 30 engineers and a total of 80 employees by the end of the year.
“We do see ourselves as a U.S. company developing U.S. technology, and we’d love to see some of it deployed here, as well as around the world” – Brogan BamBrogan.
The new company claims a founding team with a lot of high-level engineering and business talent from both Hyperloop One and SpaceX, and will also seek to differentiate itself with a focus on the U.S., both in terms of its LA-based operation, and its potential target markets for its eventual products. Said products will first focus on cargo, and could see the light of day relatively quickly, given the scope of the engineering projects involved.
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Though it might still be a long time before we see Hyperloop technology transporting people in commercial service, BamBrogan thinks we’re past the point where its proven its technical feasibility and value, citing the recent Hyperloop pod student design competition at SpaceX as one example of how much progress has been made in terms of technical advances. He also pointed out that airplanes are actually metal tubes flying through low-pressure environments and we’ve been trusting them with human passengers for decades. Hyperloop is poised to effect real change in reasonable timeframes, he suggests, and that’s why the company is optimistic about its ability to attract top-tier talent as it ramps up its hiring.