Marc Raibert, E’73, the founder of Boston Dynamics, over­sees the devel­op­ment of advanced robots that can recover from a slip on an icy patch of pave­ment or jump into a second-​​story window.

We think our work is not only fun, but is the under­pin­ning of what the next gen­er­a­tion of robots will be able to do,” said Raibert, one of four speakers on Wednesday after­noon at the Robotics and Entre­pre­neur­ship Work­shop, a ses­sion orga­nized by Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Engi­neering Dinos Mavroidis and the Grad­uate School of Engi­neering.

The standing-​​room-​​only panel was part of Northeastern’s Global Entre­pre­neur­ship Week, which runs through Friday and is spon­sored by the Center for Research Inno­va­tion. Other events on Wednesday focused on the chal­lenges of inno­va­tion in the music industry and how tech­nology has changed the news industry for­ever. In another ses­sion, alumni and entre­pre­neurs involved in tech star­tups shared expe­ri­ences from their pro­fes­sional journeys.

Raibert noted that Boston Dynamics, now 20 years old, main­tains a start-​​up men­tality, with a focus on using team­work to design prod­ucts that no indi­vidual could make alone. The com­pany, he said, is rooted in between acad­emia and industry, pur­suing research and devel­op­ment con­tracts for gov­ern­ment and defense work that advance its focus.

I don’t know if we have a busi­ness bone in our body, but we are making money, so that’s good,” Raibert said, describing how his team of engi­neers and sci­en­tists has found suc­cess by focusing on cre­ating prod­ucts and solu­tions its clients wouldn’t be able to find any­where else.

Pre­sen­ta­tions were also made by Charles Rems­berg, CEO of Tibion, a startup that makes robotic reha­bil­i­ta­tion devices; Charles Grinnel, CEO of Har­vest Automa­tion, a startup mate­rial han­dling com­pany; and Jeremy H. Brown, founder and pres­i­dent of Jay­bridge Robotics, a startup that helps com­pa­nies create autonomous vehicles.

Venture-​​funded star­tups, said Rems­berg, whom Mavroidis described as “a legend of robotics,” require a “laser-​​like focus” on a sin­gular mis­sion rather than a broad focus on next-​​generation robotics. Entre­pre­neurs, he said, must iden­tify a product that not only works well, but can save poten­tial cus­tomers time and money.

There are a lot of great ideas out there and there might be one product among them that is scal­able for pri­vate equity and angel investors,” he said. “It’s not about good tech­nology; it’s about good business.”