Helping students transition from the laboratory to robotics startup

A student walked up to me at an event following Monday’s TC Sessions: Robotics event in Cambridge. “I have a question for you,” he said, adding that he was a few months away from becoming a college senior. “How do I launch a successful startup?”

I explained that I might not be the person at the show best equipped to answer, but I offered some simple advice nonetheless: find a problem that needs solving, address a need that already exists, and don’t go offering up solutions in search of problems.

Oh, and get a day job.

Learn the industry and the ins and outs of running a business from someone who’s already in it. Work on your passion on the weekends and after work, while you’re young and still have the energy to invest. Be bold and be excited,…

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