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The Russian investor behind the “Star Wars” BB-8 droid has ambitious plans

Dmitry Grishin, who backs Sphero, the company that made the movie’s droid, is launching a private-equity fund worth $100 million, reports Bloomberg

The early-stage Grishin Robotics fund, which will make individual investments of as much as $10 million per company, will be targeted toward U.S. and European startups developing collaborative and material-handling robots, artificial intelligence, and Internet of Things applications.

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