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EUVC #241: Investing in Robotics with Fady Saad, Founding GP of Cybernetix Ventures

EUVC #241: Investing in Robotics with Fady Saad, Founding GP of Cybernetix Ventures

Everything about investing in robotics with one of the world’s few pureplay robotics VCs and a close look at why the Odense Robotics ecosystem as grown so rapidly

Today we have Fady Saad with us. Fady is a Founding GP at Cybernetix Ventures, a 50m$ pre-seed, seed and Series A venture fund in Boston to back North American and European companies within manufacturing, logistics, construction, and healthcare.

Cybernetix are investing out of Fund 1 with a total 50m$ AUM and an established portfolio of 13 companies and notable investments including Realtime Robotics, AirWorks, Bionomous, and Kewazo.

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00:00:00 - Intro
00:01:42 - New Beginnings in Venture
00:03:44 - Overcoming Challenges and Achieving Success
00:05:51 - The Impact and Expectations of Gen AI
00:07:58 - The Impact of Generative AI on Industries
00:09:46 - Robotics as a Technology
00:11:50 - Manufacturing in the Age of Smart Automation
00:13:44 - Automation in Manufacturing and Healthcare
00:15:47 - Technological Capability vs. Business Model
00:17:36 - The Challenges of Humanoids in the Job Market
00:19:29 - Investing in Robotics, Automation, and Industrial AI
00:21:31 - The Success Story of Universal Robots in Denmark
00:25:31 - Considerations for Product Deployment
00:29:41 - The Rise of Robotics in Boston and Europe
00:31:47 - The Importance of Specialized People in Robotics Investment
00:33:54 - Investing in Smart Machines for the Future
00:36:11 - Investing in Robotics Solutions
00:38:27 - Building a Strong Team in Venture
00:40:21 - Robotics Revolutionizing Our World
00:42:21 - The Rise of Collaborative Robots in the Robot Cluster
00:44:04 - The Rise of Robotics in Odense

Today’s episode is brought to you in partnership with… Odense Seed & Venture

In Odense, we work actively to establish connections between the right investors and the right investment opportunities. We focus on the fields of robotics, drones, and automation.

Particularly notable is that these sectors in Odense are surrounded by a very strong community which has reached a global position that attracts high-potential entrepreneurs, industrial players, and investors.

You can experience the community and the investment landscape in Odense, at our annual events – The Odense Investor Summits.

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Quote by Chris Smith from Playfair Capital

Generative AI is not going to have the impact that people expect

Fady’s take:

Generative AI has taken the world by storm, with its ability to create realistic and engaging text, images, and even music. However, as with any new technology, there is a tendency for expectations to run high, sometimes unrealistically so. Fady, a leading expert in artificial intelligence, believes that we are currently in the midst of a generative AI hype cycle, much like what we saw with autonomous vehicles. He argues that this hype is driven by a lack of understanding of how generative AI actually works.

“People think it's some sort of a magical thing that understands and reasons and all of that,” Fady says. “And there is no reasoning. It just predicts what's the next word. This is what it does.”

Fady believes that this hype will eventually die down as people come to understand the limitations of generative AI. However, he also believes that generative AI has the potential to be a disruptive technology that will change many things in the world.

“I think we're looking at something that kind of massive,” Fady says. “It's going to change the way we work, the way we communicate, the way we consume information. It's going to change everything.”

Key Takeaways:

  • Generative AI is a powerful technology with the potential to disrupt many industries.

  • However, it is important to manage expectations and understand the limitations of the technology.

  • Generative AI is still in its early stages of development, and it is likely that we will see significant advances in the years to come.

Fady gives his shoutout to his good friend Oliver Mitchell, from FFVC, for being an early and pioneering investor in robotics.

Fady also shared with us that he was recently introduced to one of Mitchell's portfolio companies, but that he was initially skeptical of the company because it was in a crowded space. However, when he looked closer at the company, he found that it had a huge differentiation in that it had built a technology that could do something that no one else out there could do. Consequently, they syndicated an investment together with a large family office in Germany that owns a multi-billion dollar automation company 🚀 None of this would have been possible without Mitchell's introduction and for that and so much more, Fady is grateful for Mitchell's friendship and support.

Q: What advice would you give your 10 year younger self?

Chill out.

Q: What are your top tips for emerging VCs across Europe who are fundraising ?

It's crucial to be prepared for rejection and skepticism. It's a marathon, not a sprint, so you need to pace yourself and maintain resilience. Surround yourself with a competent team that exudes confidence and expertise, making it effortless for potential investors to place their trust in you.

In my case, I was fortunate to collaborate with an exceptional partner, Mark Martin, who possessed over 30 years of experience at Analog Devices Industrial Automation, Sensors and IoT division, a multi-billion dollar business unit. With his leadership, we assembled a world-class advisory board comprising industry leaders, effectively addressing any gaps in our team's skillset.

By building a strong team and establishing a supportive network, you can instill confidence in potential investors, assuring them that their investment is in safe hands.

Q: What’s the most counterintuitive thing you’ve learned in venture?

Being nice and kind pays off.

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