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Welcome to Episode 36 of The Robot Report Podcast, where each week Robot Report editor Steve Crowe reviews the latest robotics, automation and intelligent systems news and announcements, and interview leading roboticists, leaders of innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community.
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In this podcast, Robot Report editor Steve Crowe speaks with Kevin Dunlap, co-founder and managing partner of Calibrate Ventures, a California-based early stage venture capital firm. Kevin breaks down some of the major robotics investments that have recently taken place, including the Berkshire Grey SPAC and Locus Robotics’ $150 million Series E. He discusses how SPACs could change the future of investing, how Calibrate Ventures evaluates companies to invest in, and he shares advice for young startups looking to raise funding.
Crowe also comments on other top robotics stories including, Motional testing Level 4 driverless robotaxis in Las Vegas, ABB introducing its next-gen cobots and NASA’s video of the Perseverance Rover landing on Mars.
- 0-7:40 – Show Intro; the world owes Boston Dynamics an apology
- 7:44-46:58 – Conversation with Kevin Dunlap, co-founder and managing partner, Calibrate Ventures
- 46:57-54:00 – News Commentary: Motional’s L4 robotaxi tests, Berkshire Grey SPAC, NASA video
- 54:01-55:01 – Show Outro
- Locus Robotics Raises $150M Series E at $1B Valuation
- Motional Testing Fully Driverless Vehicles in Las Vegas
- Watch the First Ever Video of a NASA Rover Landing on Mars
- ABB Launches Next Generation GoFa, SWIFTI Cobots
- Berkshire Grey Going Public Via SPAC
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