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Savioke will announce Wednesday it raised $2 million in a seed round led by Morado Venture Partners. Google Ventures and Jerry Yang’s AME Cloud Ventures also invested in the Sunnyvale startup, which will use the funds to advance development of a robot geared for the services industry. Savioke was founded by Steve Cousins, previously the chief executive of Willow Garage, which created the popular open source Robot Operating System and spun out at least eight different robotics startups. The company expects to begin customer trials later this year.