- Skydio is a drone startup changing the way consumers can operate drones autonomously.
- The company was founded by three MIT grads — two of which are ex-Googlers who worked on the tech giant’s drone delivery program Project Wing — and has raised $70 million in funding from Silicon Valley powerhouse firms like Andreessen Horowitz and Playground Global.
- What sets Skydio apart in the drone market is the device’s “fully autonomous” functions — a user can program the drone to track and film them while the drone smartly avoids obstacles like trees and buildings.
- The company launched its first-generation drone, the R1, in 2018. And in early October 2019, it released the Skydio2, a smaller, faster, quieter, and cheaper upgrade. It promptly sold out within a day.
- The high demand in part shows that consumers are wanting ways to document experiences while still being present and in the moment.
- “This is the next generation of basically what cameras should be,” Skydio COO Tom Moss told Business Insider. “It’s just flying robots that’s like having your own film crew.”
- We visited Skydio’s offices in Redwood City, California. Take a look inside.
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Gadgets: The company is based out of Redwood City, California, a Silicon Valley town where office space is cheaper than its tech country cousin cities.
Gadgets: Skydio has two buildings across the street from each other housing about 100 employees in total, counting veterans from Tesla, GoPro, and Apple among them.
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