Postmates has hired long-time Apple engineer, Ken Kocienda, as Principal Software Engineer. He will be joining the Postmates team and working first on Postmates X, building the new platform for the company's autonomous sidewalk rover, Serve. Serve was first introduced in December of 2018 and has been testing in various locations.
Previously at Apple, Kocienda drove innovation on the software teams that created the first versions of the Safari web browser, the iPhone, the iPad, and the Apple Watch. He collaborated with designers and engineers to develop features for the original release of iOS through iOS 11. He delivered faces for the first Apple Watch, algorithms for 3D Touch and the pressure-sensitive home button, accessibility features, and user interface elements for SpringBoard, Live Photos, and the two-lens Portrait filter. He also invented autocorrect for the original iPhone and holds over 50 patents for his work at Apple.
"Ken's impact and contributions at Apple have made a lasting impression at one of the most iconic companies in the world. His experience and leadership will be invaluable to our team," said Bastian Lehmann, co-founder & CEO, Postmates. "Ken's vision and technical expertise in human-machine interaction further strengthens our position as a leading innovator in on-demand logistics."
Postmates is the leader in offering the most choice in on-demand delivery from more than 500,000 restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, as well as traditional retailers. The company now operates in about 3,500 cities and has added some of the most sought-after local and national restaurants, serving 70 of the top 100 restaurants in the US.
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