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Self-Flying Drone Startup Skydio Hits $1 Billion Valuation After $170 Million Raise

Self-Flying Drone Startup Skydio Hits $1 Billion Valuation After $170 Million Raise

3/1/2021 12:50:00 PM

Self-Flying Drone Startup Skydio Hits $1 Billion Valuation After $170 Million Raise

It comes after a $170 million Series D round led by Andreessen Horowitz , taking the company’s total funding to $340 million.

largest ever enterprise drone deal” with EagleView for residential roof inspection.Founded in 2014, Skydio released its first device in 2017, with the second iteration coming out in 2020. The X2, a more advanced and expensive drone designed for enterprise and military use, is out this year. It comes with a thermal camera and the ability to see in the dark, which previous models did not feature. Its most significant milestone this year came when it was chosen for final deployment in the Army Short Range Reconnaissance Program, indicating it will be one of the main suppliers for such military surveillance missions.

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“Autonomy is the key for drones to reach scale, and Skydio has established themselves as the defining company in this category. We’re excited to continue to invest in this magical combination of breakthrough technology, rapid growth, and an incredible team in a market that’s going through an inflection point,” said David Ulevitch, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz. (According to a

filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission late last week, Skydio has raised $96 million of the $170 million round to date.)As federal government customers, some local police departments and other businesses move away from DJI due to fears over its Chinese origins, Skydio is swooping in to fill the coming void. DJI denies it provides users videos or other content to the Chinese government. In December, DJI was put on the Commerce Department’s entity list banning U.S. companies shipping tech to the Chinese business, over claims it assisted in surveillance of Uyghur communities in the Xinjiang province. DJI said it had done nothing to be put on the list.

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