Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks was a robotics professor at MIT for many years. But eventually, he became convinced that the best way to get robots into the real world was to start a company, so he founded iRobot, the company that makes Roombas as well as military and police robots. More recently, he started Rethink Robotics.

As I was preparing a post on entrepreneurship as a post-PhD career option, I recalled watching this great presentation by Rodney Brooks contrasting academia with starting a company to commercialize one’s ideas (and talking about robots).