MENLO PARK, Calif. — When Andreas Raptopoulos, CEO at the unmanned aerial vehicle startup Matternet, took the main stage at TED Global, he asked the audience to imagine they were in a maternity ward in Mali with a newborn in need of medication.
“What would you do today? Well, you would place a request via mobile phone and someone would get the request immediately. That's the part that works. The medication may take days to arrive, though, because of bad roads. That's the part that's broken,” he said.