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Roger Chen on hardware and robotics startups

Roger Chen on hardware and robotics startups

The O’Reilly Hardware Podcast: Hardware from the venture capitalist’s point of view.In this new episode of the Hardware Podcast, David Cranor and I talk with Roger Chen, formerly a principal at O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, O’Reilly Media’s sister VC firm.Discussion points:

Chen’s perspective as an investor on companies that are creating 3D robotics, drones, and satellites
The Maker movement’s impact on the hardware startups
Etsy’s influence on the new hardware movement
Trends in robotics, and the outlook for robotics startups

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