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Business Modeling for Robotics and Automation

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What you’ll learn and how you can apply it

  • Explore scenarios of automation
  • Deep dive into industry verticals and disruptors
  • Discover the characteristics of the ‘new wave’ of robotics companies
  • Business modeling for robotics and automation
  • Financing for robotics and automation
  • How to start a business based on OPR (other people’s robots)

This course is for you because…

  • You are an executive or a technologist which will be impacted by automation
  • You have an idea for a new automation product or startup, or look for one
  • You have no background in technology but want to know how to benefit from automation


  • This course will assume some basic familiarity with business practices, management, the lean startup method, and the software development process.

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The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing.

Segment 1: Landscape Overview (35 min)

  • The “3 Ds” (Dull, Dirty, Dangerous)
  • Mapping the territory
  • Possible impacts
  • Break & Q&A: 10 min

Segment 2: Evaluating Risk (35 min)

  • Building a robotics product
  • Working with startups
  • Predicting the future
  • Break & Q&A: 10 min

Segment 3: Business modeling (35 min)

  • The ‘Task-oriented’ model
  • The ‘Vertical’ model
  • The ‘All you can eat’ model
  • Break & Q&A: 10 min

Segment 4: A mean (of production) to an end? (35 min)

  • A bigger pie
  • OPR (“Other People’s Robot”)
  • Break & Q&A: 10 min

Course wrap-up and next steps

Your Instructor

  • Cyril Ebersweiler

    Cyril is a General Partner at SOSV and the founder/MD of HAX. He is a board member/advisor to a few startups including Formlabs, Angel List, Collaborate (ACQ: CISCO), Hackster (ACQ: AVNET), Avidbots and Simbe Robotics. He is an experienced investor in deep tech (250+) and has invested globally. Cyril is a popular speaker at international events (TC Disrupt, Collision, Pioneers, MIT Forum, etc...) and Universities (Stanford, UC Berkeley, etc...), has written dozens of articles and publishes regularly on topics such as technology, robotics, health and crowdfunding. He has been featured in The Economist, Popular Mechanics, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Huffington Post, Wired, BBC and more.

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