Why It Is Hard To Get Robotics Startups Funded
Rodney Brooks, Rethink Robotics
Academics who want to start a robotics company have to adjust to a different set of metrics on what makes a good robot. VCs who are asked to fund robotics companies have a hard time evaluating what is hard and what is easy to achieve in the presented plans. Both groups have difficulty predicting whether the market will be responsive to a radically new solution. This talk lays out the issues and ways to think about all three problems. It is an optimistic look at the future of robotic start ups.
Talk at 5:00pm
Dinner and reception at 6:30pm
Attendees can park in the main parking lot in front of the East Entrance of the building (in front of the blue COBHAM logo on the building). Attendees can then walk around to the back of the building and enter through the NERVE Center's main entrance. There will be signs directing attendees from the parking lot to the entrance. For a map of where to park, click here: http://nerve.uml.edu/location.php