Written by Melanie Landesberg

Grit Ventures University Fellow, Yale College Undergraduate

Dr. Justin Hart, a member of the Grit Academic Council, became interested in robotics in a manner familiar to many: he started programming computers as soon as he learned to read and write. Eventually, this interest in computers extended to artificial intelligence and robotics. Now, as a professor of computer science at UT Austin and assistant director of Texas Robotics, he is actively working to bring the robot-filled society of his childhood dreams to reality.

Living LARG at UT Austin

At UT Austin, Hart is a professor with the…


Photo by Enrique Macias on Unsplash

Grit is thrilled to announce that Christy Cardenas has joined us as a Managing Partner.

Christy comes with $12 billion in transaction experience, spread across venture capital, private equity and investment banking. In addition to her investment activity, she has been involved in structuring and fundraising three first-time funds, and takes a fresh perspective to innovation in early stage investing. She understands the economic reality of value creation via diversity, and is committed to building a better way.

Christy is based in the booming entrepreneurial hub of Austin, TX, where she and Grit will continue to focus deeply with The…


Photo Credit: Texas Robotics
Photo Credit: Texas Robotics
Photo Credit: Texas Robotics

Grit Ventures: Labs to Launch Program

Grit is finding and funding the most powerful minds in AI and Robotics. At the core of our investment thesis is a belief that the next generation of founders in Deep Tech will be graduate students who come from the top AI and Robotics Labs at Universities across the country. The nature of AI and the complexity of the problems we need to solve in this world demand that diverse minds and diverse disciplines come together to find positive and impactful solutions.

Partnering with top universities is not new to us. Since our inception…


Written by Melanie Landesberg

Grit Ventures University Associate, Yale College Undergraduate

On November 17th, the Mass Robotics Accelerator held a virtual demo day to highlight several of their most interesting startups and provide a tour of their facilities. The tour highlighted several intriguing startups, as well as the extensive resources and support that Mass Robotics lends its startups. Below, I will expand upon a few of the most impressive technologies I viewed during the demo.

Cleo Robotics:

One challenge drone developers face is that the technology is limited to outdoor use due to safety reasons. A traditional drone’s propellers have…


Interview with Bernard Casse, CEO of RIOS Corporation

Everyone is all abuzz about Industry 4.0. In recent months we’ve seen acceleration in the deployment of AI, automation and robotics across foundational industries as the US seeks to emerge from the pandemic, increase GDP growth, and offset extreme labor shortages in skilled jobs across every major sector of the economy.

In your recent Medium article, you said that there are 345 million people on the factory floor (13 million in the US) and less than 2 million industrial robots. With an estimate of only 250,000 industrial robots being deployed annually and…


Note: Grit Ventures is an Affiliate Sponsor of Texas Robotics and Jennifer serves on the University of Texas at Austin Computer Science Advisory Council.

Host: Dr. Justin Hart, University of Texas at Austin

Moderator, Jennifer Roberts: On October 7th I had the pleasure of moderating a panel for faculty and graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin Robotics. The topic was “Labs to Launch” — how to commercialize new technologies in AI+Robotics and what opportunities venture investors are getting excited about. My panel was comprised of traditional VCs and corporate VCs from around the country.

Some key take-aways:


Note: Grit Ventures is an Affiliate Sponsor of Texas Robotics and Jennifer serves on the University of Texas at Austin Computer Science Advisory Council.

Moderator:

Jennifer Roberts: On October 7th I had the pleasure of moderating a panel for faculty and graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin Robotics. The topic was “Labs to Launch” — how to commercialize new technologies in AI+Robotics and what opportunities venture investors are getting excited about. My panel was comprised of traditional VCs and corporate VCs from around the country:

Panelists:

- Andrew Beebe from Obvious Ventures in San Francisco

- Will…

Jennifer Roberts

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