Hard technologies, such as autonomous vehicles, robotics and additive manufacturing, are poised to disrupt a wide range of traditional industries, from manufacturing and logistics to automotive and food. As they transform these industries, they will likely attract VC and public investor interest. In this video, Rob Brass, our Head of Mobility and Frontier Technology Investment Banking, examines the impact of hard tech on the IPO market.
1. Hard tech is poised to disrupt traditional industries
The tech landscape is changing dramatically. A lot of hard, tangible technologies that were previously ignored are really starting to see their heyday.
Hard tech is probably affecting mobility the most right now because the way that we move people and goods has fundamentally changed, and continues to do so.
Robotics is not only disrupting, but also enabling a lot of traditional manufacturing industries, and in effect, it's controlling labour costs.
Additive, or 3D, manufacturing is changing the way that most businesses are thinking about developing and delivering products to the end market.