Welcome to Episode 14 of The Robot Report Podcast, which brings conversations with robotics innovators straight to you. Join us every Wednesday for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community.
This week, we talk to Oliver Mitchell, venture partner at ff Venture Capital. We discuss his approach to investing during COVID-19, advice for robotics startups, and why Oliver isn’t a fan of special purpose acquisition companies (SPAC). For instance, Luminar Technologies recently merged with SPAC Gores Metropoulos.
We also discuss with Oliver the autonomous vehicle bubble, how Detroit’s fear of Silicon Valley led to inflated valuations of autonomous vehicle companies, separating hype vs. reality and the differences between East Coast and West Coast investors. Oliver is from New York, in case you’re wondering.