Calibrate Ventures’ Kevin Dunlap on Berkshire Grey’s SPAC Play and Locus Robotics’ $150M Round

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The Robot Report’s Steve Crowe is joined by Kevin Dunlap, Managing Partner at Calibrate Ventures to discuss recent robotics investments including the Berkshire Grey SPAC and Locus Robotics’ $150 million Series E. Calibrate’s portfolio includes Built Robotics, Embodied, Farmwise, Misty Robotics, Soft Robotics, 3D Robotics and more.

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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.

Calibrate Ventures robotics portfolio companies include many familiar faces, including Built Robotics, Embodied, Farmwise, Misty Robotics, Soft Robotics, 3D Robotics and more.

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.



Podcast Timestamps

  • 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

Show Notes

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