Our first guest of Season 2 is Anders Bialek who talks to us about his role as VP of Strategy & Corporate Development at iRobot. Tune in as Rob uncovers more about the ins and outs of working within corporate development as well as the strategies & secrets for both founders and corporate development teams to know ahead of a M&A.
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Anders Bialek leads iRobot’s Corporate Development team which is responsible for Strategy, M&A, Partnerships and Venture Capital. Prior to iRobot, Anders worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Europe serving clients in a variety of industries including telecommunications, financial services and private equity. Prior to management consulting, Anders spent several years in the technology sector in Boston, MA. Anders holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BA from Hobart College.
Founded in 1990 by Massachusetts Institute of Technology roboticists with the vision of making practical robots a reality, iRobot has sold more than 30 million robots worldwide. The company has developed some of the world's most important robots, and has a rich history steeped in innovation. Its robots have revealed mysteries of the Great Pyramid of Giza, found harmful subsea oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and saved thousands of lives in areas of conflict and crisis around the globe. iRobot inspired the first Micro Rovers used by NASA, changing space travel forever, deployed the first ground robots used by U.S. Forces in conflict, brought the first self-navigating FDA-approved remote presence robots to hospitals and introduced the first practical home robot with Roomba, forging a path for an entirely new category in home cleaning. With more than 30 years of leadership in the robot industry, iRobot remains committed to building robots that provide people with smarter ways to clean and accomplish more in their daily lives.
This episode was recorded on March 10, 2020.