insights into the world of Innovation

A roundup for investors

21 Jan, 2020

Raffaello D'Andrea: Delivering on the Power of Invention

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.”
Thomas A. Edison


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25 Nov, 2019

Investing in Technology? These Industry Trends Point to Future Growth Opportunities

From Silicon Valley’s TechCrunch and RoboBusiness, to the Northeast’s Future of Health and Hubspot, we’ve seen a slew of industry conferences and events bring together the top minds and companies in tech over the past few months. As we roll into the final countdown of this decade, everyone is anxious to see the final showcases and sales of the year—investors included.

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27 Jun, 2019


17 May, 2019

At MassRobotics, robotics startups get a critical leg up

By Fady Saad, co-founder and corporate partnerships director of MassRobotics

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27 Mar, 2019

At a SXSW keynote address, Raffaello D’Andrea and his drones take center stage

At South by Southwest (SXSW) this year, ROBO Global co-founder and strategic advisor Raffaello D’Andrea took the spotlight at the Sony WOW Studio in Austin, TX. The focus of his keynote address: the future of drones.

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25 Mar, 2019

5G: Transforming Tomorrow with the Power of Data

The newest generation of wireless networking—5G—is almost here. As the digital revolution continues to accelerate, so does the demand for data. This fact has made the need for high-speed, connected 5G networks imperative. 5G is the key to transmitting, processing, and storing the massive amounts of data that make our digital lives possible. How will 5G transform the industries of tomorrow? How can investors make the most of this new wave of opportunity? The answers may surprise you.

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7 Mar, 2019

AeroVironment: Changing the landscape of precision agriculture

AeroVironment has been making headlines lately, and for good reason. The recent availability of its Quantix™ VTOL hybrid drone and the AeroVironment Decision Support System™ (AV DSS) marks a key shift for the application of robotics and AI in the area of precision agriculture. At ROBO Global, we’ve been anticipating the company’s trajectory since the company became an index member at the inception of the index in August 2013. Since that time, AeroVironment has delivered a 26% annualized return, up 267% from August 1, 2013 through March 6, 2019. The stock has risen 66% in the past 12 months alone. As a pure-play company focused on the development and manufacturing of data-analytics-driven unmanned drones, we agree that AeroVironment is heading for the skies, and we think momentum will continue.

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21 Nov, 2018

Here’s what’s coming in the world of robotics and AI. Investors: Are you ready?

Any experienced investor knows that a down market isn’t something to dread. In fact, if you’re investing for the long term, it’s something to celebrate. If today’s market has you wondering where to invest to help bolster your portfolio down the road, one of the most exciting places to look is robotics, automation, and AI (RAAI).

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7 Sep, 2018

Drones are taking flight indoors. Are you ready?

By Raffaello D’Andrea, PhD

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2 Oct, 2017


September 2017 was a big month for robotics fundings, acquisitions, and IPOs. 26 different startups were funded to the tune of $485 million, up from $369 million in August. Six acquisitions were reported during the month including Deere’s acquisition of California Blue River Technology for $305 million. And Restoration Robotics’ IPO will start being listed on NASDAQ early in October.

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