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Market Trends of Industrial Robotics

Across industries worldwide, automation is taking place at scale. Robots are becoming the main enablers of this automation with an accordingly large economic impact. The market for industrial robotics has been growing at a record rate of 19% per annum since 2012/13 and is expected to continue grow at double-digit rates at least through to 2025.

Join us to gain insights to current market trends in industrial robotics with our panelists. The program will explore the current market overview and technology landscape of the industrial robotics space, robotics startups’ customer acquisition strategy, collaboration between robotics corporates and startups, IP strategy, industrial robotics market forecasts, etc.


Joseph Melnik

Partner, Jones Day

Joe’s practice is focused on technology licensing, technology commercialization, and other
technology-related transactions. Joe counsels clients on complex transactions related to a broad
range of technologies including software, semiconductors, energy, data and network security, and consumer devices. He negotiates and structures license agreements, joint ventures, joint
development agreements, strategic alliances, services, supply, and various other agreements for
domestic and global projects. Joe also advises companies of all sizes on the development and implementation of strategies for maximizing the benefits of technology transactions; advising on
intellectual property issues that arise in connection with corporate transactions, such as mergers
and acquisitions.

Samir Menon

CEO, Dexterity

Samir is an entrepreneur working to transform robots from hard-wired automatons into
collaborative helpers who do our repetitive work. He has expertise in robotics, control, modeling, and human-robot skill transfer. In the past, he has worked across the robotics spectrum, from
machining to control theory, and has designed and built numerous robots.
Samir is presently the CEO of Dexterity, a robotics startup that he helped found. He holds an M.S.
and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University, and a B.Tech in Information Technology
from the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad.

Toshiya Otani

Managing Director, Translink Capital

Toshi is Co-Founder and Managing Director of TransLink Capital. Toshi invests in cloud, mobile
Infrastructure, and IoT companies with an enterprise focus. His active current investments include
Nexenta, Noom, Notion, Rescale, Skymind, Top Flight Technologies and Workspot. Noteworthy past
investments include CliQr (ACQ: Cisco), CloudOn (ACQ: Dropbox), deCarta (ACQ: Uber), Guavus (ACQ: Thales), and Wildfire (ACQ: Google).Prior to TransLink, Toshi was President of Hikari
Tsushin’s VC operation. Toshi was Senior Vice President of Everypath served as General Manager for
Japan. Toshi started his career at Mitsubishi Corporation, where he spent 10 years in various
operating roles.
Toshi holds an MBA from Stanford Business School and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Keio

Nuno Gonçalves Pedro

Founder, Managing Partner, Strive Capital

Nuno is the Managing Partner & Founder of Strive Capital, the Bay Area's first quant VC. Nuno is
also Grishin Robotics' Venture Partner. Grishin Robotics is a series A and B Sand Hill firm focused on
Robotics and Smart Hardware with investments in companies such as Zume, Starship, Starsky
Robotics, Occipital, Zipline, Ring (sold Amazon).
He has had a 20+ year career as Product Manager, Operator, Investor and Board member in the Bay
area, Europe and Asia, and was previously Senior Expert and member of APAC leadership team at
McKinsey. He is also a guest lecturer at Stanford and Berkeley.


Christiana Xu

Project Director, Kawasaki Heavy Industries (USA), Inc.

Christiana Xu represents the venture arm of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Bay Area. She has been KHI’s first Project Director of Innovation since 2016, leading projects in the areas of Industrial Internet of Things, industrial applications of AI, mobility, and advanced manufacturing.
Christiana started her career at KHI’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan (2014), as an accounting manager for international subsidiaries. Prior to relocating to the US, she provided support to the development of KHI’s robotics business in the Middle East.
Christiana holds a Master of Commerce degree in Marketing from Waseda University, Japan. She also volunteers as a program manager at Keizai Silicon Valley.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Registration/Networking: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Program:  6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Networking: 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM

Jones Day
1755 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA

English Flyer
Japanese Flyer


$15: Early Bird Discount for first 30 registrations by Thursday, October 24 (11PM)

$20: Regular Registration by Friday, November 8 (11 PM)

$35: Late Registration by Sunday, November 10 (Noon)

$50: Walk-ins (Seats are limited and may not be available)

Food and beverages will be served.