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  • March 31, 2016

    Airware Partners with the Fortune 500 by Delivering Complete Enterprise Drone Solutions for Insurance, Utilities, Telecom, and Oil & Gas

    Company signs State Farm® as flagship insurance customer, raises $30M in Series C funding, and adds John Chambers to its Board of Directors

    SAN FRANCISCO – March 31, 2016 – Airware, the company that developed the Aerial Information Platform, the industry’s most comprehensive operating system for commercial drones, today announced it is delivering, for the first time, complete enterprise drone solutions directly to the Fortune 500. Airware’s drone solutions, built on top of Airware’s Aerial Information Platform, include cloud-based planning, commercial operator software, vehicles with sophisticated autonomy and on-board sensors, cloud data processing, as well as analytics and reporting, all within a complete workflow that enables companies to integrate aerial data into their existing business processes and systems. With Airware, companies in insurance, utilities, telecom, and oil & gas can improve operational efficiency, ensure compliance, enhance worker safety, and capture more accurate, repeatable data to improve decision making.

    State Farm®, the number one insurer of residential properties in the United States and the first insurance company to have been granted a Section 333 exemption by the FAA, is partnering with Airware to leverage commercial drone technology for rooftop inspections, underwriting, and disaster response.

    “At State Farm, our active exploration of innovative new technologies will help us continue to meet the changing needs of our customers and remain the leader in our industry,” said Jack Weekes, Operations Vice President at State Farm. “We’re currently engaged in a limited deployment with Airware to conduct hundreds of test flights and assess how commercial drones can help adjusters conduct rooftop inspections.”

    “With drones, enterprises can finally bridge the physical and digital worlds, yielding new actionable insights and better decision making,” said Airware founder & CEO Jonathan Downey. “But navigating a fragmented market of incomplete offerings has left many enterprises frustrated. Today, we’re announcing complete enterprise drone solutions built on Airware’s Aerial Information Platform. Airware’s unique architecture enables Airware and our customers to more quickly deploy new applications for drones in a robust and scalable way that complies with regulations, enhances safety, and ensures accurate data.”

    Series C Funding Led by Next World Capital
    Airware also announced today $30 million in Series C funding. The round is led by Next World Capital with John Chambers, Andreessen Horowitz, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) participating. This funding will be used to increase Airware’s capacity to work with additional customers by expanding customer success, professional services, sales, and marketing functions as well as geographic expansion leveraging Next World Capital’s European expansion platform.

    As part of Airware’s direct-to-enterprise approach, the company has added John Chambers, the current Executive Chairman and 20-year former CEO of Cisco, to its Board of Directors. He joins Airware’s Jonathan Downey; Chris Dixon, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz; and Mike Abbott, general partner at KPCB. Chambers, who is helping guide Airware’s enterprise sales efforts, chose Airware as his first board seat since retiring as Cisco’s CEO last summer.

    “Successful companies get market transitions right,” said John Chambers, former CEO and current executive chairman of Cisco. “Digitization and the associated business model evolution is occurring rapidly across every industry. The commercial drone industry is poised to throw many markets into transition. Airware has a great CEO who is scaling remarkably fast, a strong management team and a value-added market proposition. I believe Jonathan and the Airware team are positioned to lead, and it’s an honor to be a part of their team.”

    As part of the round of financing, Tom Rikert, partner at Next World Capital, has joined the company as a Board Observer.

    “Airware's enterprise-grade solution unlocks the value of drones by integrating them directly into business operations, across a variety of applications and verticals," said Rikert. "We saw Airware as the most experienced team building a global leader in a massive new category, and are delighted to be part of this journey supporting them in scaling sales, marketing, operations, and international expansion."

    Bringing Aerial Data to the Fortune 500
    With Airware’s enterprise drone solutions, aerial data becomes an extension of a customer’s existing data management systems. Airware’s comprehensive set of technology enables enterprises to plan, capture, and analyze aerial data, all within an enterprise workflow that includes:

    Work Management: Airware reduces the technical and operational challenges of integrating drones and aerial data into existing business processes. The Airware Cloud provides easy-to-integrate application programming interfaces (APIs) to integrate with most enterprise work management systems, so users can start an aerial inspection job, from within their existing systems. Geofence boundaries for the job can be automatically generated based on an address or GPS coordinates. Users can then specify data products that need to be collected and an optimal flight plan can be automatically computed.

    Approvals: Airware helps companies ensure compliance with civil aviation regulations such as FAA no-fly zones, as well as insurance requirements, and internal company policies. If all safety, regulatory and internal criteria are met, approval can be granted and the job can then be dispatched directly to an approved employee or third-party operator. The Airware Cloud includes role-based security that allows administrators to easily manage who can create and dispatch jobs, and which operators can be assigned various types of jobs.

    Operators: Operators download their assigned jobs using Airware’s operator software. To help ensure compliance with regulations and company policies, only users with valid permissions can revise flight plans, and only operators with valid credentials can access and execute them.

    Autonomous Data Collection: Airware’s flight control software enables autonomous aerial data collection, eliminating the risk of in-flight human error and ensuring uniformity of data for accurate decision making. Flight automation also ensures job repeatability, allowing companies to use data for time-series analysis and change detection. The aircraft can only be activated within an approved and valid geofence as defined by the job’s specific requirements. The aircraft flies the prescribed flight plan and automatically collects data. Once the flight is complete, the operator uploads the data to the Airware Cloud or processes the data in the field.

    Data Processing: Data can be automatically processed to create a variety of information products including orthomosaics, 3D models, and digital surface models. In addition, companies with unique data processing needs can customize data products, leveraging their own proprietary or third party tools. Permissions can be set to define who can see and share raw data and information products.

    Analysis and Reporting: Information products can be used to conduct analyses like property damage assessment, infrastructure condition assessment, asset inventory, and vegetation encroachment, taking precise planimetric and 3D measurements, and detecting changes in environments or facilities over time. Data or information products can be easily shared and integrated into reports, external analysis software, or databases. By working with uniform aerial data, businesses can make quicker decisions with greater confidence.

    In addition to a complete enterprise workflow, Airware’s Aerial Information Platform is extensible so that as the drone industry continually evolves, enterprises leveraging Airware solutions can keep pace with the best data processing tools, sensors, and aircraft.

    To better support enterprise customers in their efforts to deploy and scale commercial drone solutions, Airware has been actively involved in helping drive commercial drone regulations by testifying as an expert before Congress, serving on standards committees both in the United States and abroad, collaborating as the first commercial partner of NASA’s Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system, and working closely with the FAA Test Sites to ensure Airware customers have the broadest access to airspace for commercial operations.

    “With the FAA releasing the Small UAS Rule this summer, enterprises are increasingly eager to bring their drone efforts from testing to scaled deployment, and a major consideration is safe and compliant operations,” said Downey, a commercial multi-engine rated pilot. “In commercial aviation, the two factors which have most significantly increased safety are cockpit software automation and enforced pilot workflows. Airware has built sophisticated automation and enforced operator workflows into its platform and solutions from day one, enabling enterprises to plan, capture, and analyze aerial data with confidence.”

    About Airware
    Airware offers complete enterprise drone solutions built on the industry’s most comprehensive hardware, software, and cloud services platform. Based in San Francisco, Airware has gathered a cross-disciplinary team of experts in aerospace, robotics, geospatial, hardware, software, and cloud services. Founded in 2011, Airware has raised more than $70 million to date from investors including Next World Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, John Chambers, First Round Capital, Google Ventures, GE Ventures, and Intel Capital. For more information, go to or follow Airware on Twitter: @Airware.

    About Next World Capital
    Next World Capital (NWC) is an international early-revenue stage venture capital firm investing in leading enterprise technology companies. The firm takes a focused, thematic approach with deep experience in enterprise tech and specialized skills to help companies ramp during this rapid-growth period. NWC leads investments and focuses on U.S. companies with the potential to become global category leaders, including investments in Zuora, DataStax, Origami Logic, Datameer, BrightRoll (acquired by Yahoo!), NexGen Storage (acquired by Fusion-io), and DynamicOps (acquired by VMware). The firm is the only U.S. VC operating a comprehensive European Expansion Platform with strategy, sales, and business development to help its companies access and grow in Europe. Based in San Francisco, NWC has additional offices in London and Paris. For more information, go to or follow NWC on Twitter: @Nextworldcap.

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  • July 09, 2015

    Co-founder of Delta Drone, Fabien Blanc-Paques, joins Airware as Vice President of Solutions Engineering

    Fabien Blanc-Paques, co-founder of Delta Drone, a designer and manufacturer of commercial drones in France, has joined San Francisco-based Airware, builder of the operating system for commercial drones. Blanc-Paques will serve as Airware’s Vice President of Solutions Engineering.

    “Since the creation of Delta Drone, Fabien has been the CTO and established the partnership between Airware and Delta Drone,” said Christian F. Viguié, chairman and CEO of Delta Drone. “The arrival of Fabien at Airware is perfectly aligned with the evolution of the partnership between Delta Drone and Airware, at a time when commercial drone applications become a reality in the United States.”

    At Airware, Blanc-Paques will lead solutions engineering, drawing on his strong experience in designing and operating commercial drone solutions for Delta Drone in Europe.

    “We have worked closely with Fabien for over four years and no one has more expertise in developing commercial-grade drone solutions that meet the needs of enterprise customers,” said Jonathan Downey, Founder & CEO of Airware. “As we expand our work with major enterprise customers, we are excited to have Fabien onboard and look forward to our continued partnership with Delta Drone.”

    Delta Drone and Airware have a long-standing partnership, which will continue as Delta Drone expands operations to the United States.

    About Delta Drone:
    Delta Drone Group designs and manufactures civilian drones (Delta H quadcopter and Delta Y fixed-wing aircraft) that are integrated to offer a complete service, from data acquisition to data processing through a specifically developed information system, including the education of professional drone pilots. These pilots are trained and certified by the French School of the Drone, a subsidiary of Delta Drone Group. Today Delta Drone addresses 6 sectors: mining and quarrying, agriculture, utilities and networks, industrial inspection, sports and leisure, and mountain search and rescue. Delta Drone is listed on the Alternext market of Euronext Paris - ISIN code FR0011522168 - Ticker ALDR –

    About Airware:
    Airware develops an operating system for commercial drones, allowing enterprises to take full advantage of aerial data for any commercial application. Airware’s Aerial Information Platform combines hardware, software, and cloud services to enable companies to quickly customize, efficiently manage, and safely and reliably operate commercial drones at scale. Based in San Francisco, Airware has gathered a cross-disciplinary team of experts in aerospace, robotics, geospatial, hardware, software, and cloud. Founded in 2011, Airware has raised more than $40 million to date from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, First Round Capital, Google Ventures, GE Ventures, and Intel Capital. For more information, visit or @Airware on Twitter.

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  • May 27, 2015

    Airware Launches Commercial Drone Fund to Accelerate Innovation in Global Industry

    Inaugural investments are in cloud-based drone data analysis company Redbird and oil and gas data capture and analysis provider Sky-Futures

    SAN FRANCISCO – May 27, 2015 - With the goal of supporting the most promising commercial drone businesses around the world, Airware launched the Commercial Drone Fund today and announced the first two investment recipients. The fund is investing in companies that are developing technologies critical to scaling the use of drones across a variety of commercial applications.

    Airware’s Commercial Drone Fund is making $250,000 to $1 million investments in early-stage companies in the commercial drone ecosystem and will focus on five key areas: sensor hardware, software applications, cloud-based aerial data analysis tools, drone-based services, and complete solutions for specific industries. Initial funding recipients are Redbird, a cloud data analysis company in Paris, France; and London-based Sky-Futures, a leader in oil and gas data capture and analysis by commercial drone. The fund expects to invest in dozens of startups over the next two years.

    The Commercial Drone Fund is structured like a venture capital fund, with capital provided by limited partners. Airware’s CEO, Jonathan Downey, is the fund’s General Partner. Downey has more than 10 years of experience in aerospace and aviation: in academia at MIT, in industry at Boeing, as a commercial pilot flying the Dehavilland Twin Otter, and over the past four years building and scaling Airware in San Francisco. Downey has led Airware to raise over $40 million.

    “While the commercial drone industry is evolving rapidly, we still see gaps in the ecosystem. The Commercial Drone Fund will identify and boost the rising stars that are advancing important drone-related initiatives, such as powerful new sensors, intelligent analytics, or innovative field services,” said Downey. “I know how hard it is to raise early money in a new space and I want to help other entrepreneurs get further faster.”

    Airware works with an ecosystem of third-party hardware, software, and cloud services companies to help businesses tailor commercial drones to their specific needs. Many of the companies funded by the Commercial Drone Fund are leveraging Airware’s Aerial Information Platform, though it is not a requirement for funding. The fund is a separate legal entity from Airware, and Airware will not be an investor.

    “Redbird is known in Europe for having the most advanced drone data analytics for mining, construction, and infrastructure inspection. Our cloud-based platform for enterprises is designed to fit within existing Airware workflows. We are very excited by this investment as it validates the added-value we’re bringing in the drone ecosystem. Together with Airware and our partners, we’re ready to move to the next level and expand to the US – it’s a new step and a global development for our company,” said Emmanuel de Maistre, Co-Founder and CEO of Redbird.

    “We’re excited to be working with Jonathan Downey and the Commercial Drone Fund to shape the future of commercial drone technology to save time, cut cost, and improve safety for industry,” said James Harrison, co-founder and CEO of Sky-Futures. “Our solutions are already in use with over 35 of the biggest oil and gas companies globally. Investment from the Commercial Drone Fund will speed up the delivery of our technology roadmap and create more valuable data to our existing client base faster.”

    The fund will continue to invest in companies that have technologies that help solve complex challenges that businesses face when scaling drone operations. It will favor those who have traction with existing customers and a strong team with the technical knowledge and expertise needed to deliver on the company’s vision. To pitch your company, visit

    About the Commercial Drone Fund
    Airware’s Commercial Drone Fund is a VC-structured fund focused on early-stage startups developing technologies that are critical to scaling the use of commercial drones across a variety of applications. It makes investments in five key areas: sensor hardware, software applications, cloud-based aerial data analysis tools, drone-based services, and complete solutions for specific industries. For more information, visit

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  • April 16, 2015

    Airware Releases the Aerial Information Platform, the Industry's Most Comprehensive Operating System for Commercial Drones

    Highly flexible system combines hardware, software, and cloud services to enable enterprises to take full advantage of aerial data for commercial applications

    Company confirms GE as one of first enterprise customers

    SAN FRANCISCO – April 16, 2015 - Airware today unveiled its Aerial Information Platform (AIP), an operating system for commercial drones that combines hardware, software, and cloud services to enable enterprises to safely operate drones at scale, comply with regulatory and insurance requirements, and rapidly develop industry-specific drone solutions. The Airware AIP helps companies capture and analyze valuable aerial data for a wide variety of commercial applications, including infrastructure inspection, land management, public safety, environmental monitoring, surveying and mapping, precision agriculture, search and rescue, and wildlife conservation. In an industry that lacks standardization across the growing number of drone and sensor manufacturers, the Airware AIP brings a welcome solution by enabling flexible integration of a wide variety of compatible aircraft and an ecosystem of third-party sensors, cameras, software apps, and data analysis tools.

    The Airware AIP is unparalleled in its ability to support the needs of enterprise customers, whose biggest priorities include safety and reliability; corporate, regulatory, and insurance compliance; and scalability of data collection, analysis, and dissemination. No other platform is built and tested to high-quality aerospace standards and designed to scale for large companies. The AIP will offer aircraft fleet management, user authentication, data management, and the ability to integrate workflows and data with existing business systems, including enterprise resource planning (ERP), geographic information systems (GIS), and asset management. The platform is intuitive and easy to use, requires minimal training, and enables sophisticated autonomous flight with geofencing and contingency management features.

    “Commercial drones will change the way we do our jobs, improve our decision-making, and save lives. Today we launch the Aerial Information Platform, the operating system for commercial drones, to enable enterprises to put drones to work,” said Jonathan Downey, founder and CEO of Airware. “We designed the Aerial Information Platform for enterprise needs and created the most reliable, insurable, and extensible solution for operating commercial drones at scale. We look forward to helping customers capture aerial data and make it more useful and actionable than ever before.”

    GE will become Airware’s first large enterprise customer. Airware will work with GE on a variety of commercial drone applications for their customers. GE Ventures made an investment in Airware in November.

    “We are currently developing drone solutions for our customers,” said Alex Tepper, managing director at GE Ventures. “Drones have the ability to reduce downtime, increase safety, and provide more reliable operations for our customers and we believe that Airware is going to be a key partner in helping us deliver these solutions.”

    Airware’s platform has also been in use by a number of drone manufacturers and service providers from around the world as part of Airware’s beta program, including Delta Drone (France), Altavian (Florida), Allied Drones (California), and Drone America (Nevada). Today the AIP becomes available to additional qualified drone manufacturers.

    “We have been testing Airware’s product for a variety of applications in France, including mining surveys, precision agriculture, industrial inspection, and forestry,” said Christian F. Viguié, chairman and CEO of Delta Drone. “Airware provides the market with a full spectrum of products that bring real added value to our systems and enables us to develop new services to fulfill our customers’ needs. They are building a powerful ecosystem that unites this growing market.”

    Today Airware is releasing the first three components of its Aerial Information Platform – Flight Core, which includes on-aircraft hardware, and software enabling autonomous flight; Ground Control Station Software, for aircraft flight planning, control, and monitoring; and Configuration Manager, software that enables operators to quickly configure Airware and third-party hardware and software for use across a variety of aircraft and applications.

    In the coming months, Airware will enhance the AIP by releasing Airware Cloud, a suite of cloud features that will give operators the ability to plan and manage flight operations at greater scale, manage internal and external approvals, meet insurance, corporate, and government compliance requirements, analyze sensor data, and share information across their organization. With third-party integrations, the platform will help turn aerial data into meaningful insights via image and data processing services.

    This summer, the Airware App Core will further enhance the capabilities of the AIP by enabling additional customization of hardware and software on Airware-powered drones. App Core is a powerful quad-core computer providing a rich SDK enabling developers to create drone apps that can connect with the Flight Core, Ground Control Station Software, Airware Cloud, and third-party hardware and software. App Core will power image processing, advanced path planning, vision-based navigation and obstacle avoidance, real-time decision making, and will enable virtually any hardware to be made Airware-compatible, including LiDAR, multispectral cameras, thermal sensors, still and video cameras, gimbals, and more.

    Airware’s AIP is available by subscription, a business model targeted at aligning costs with a customer’s ability to generate revenue or ongoing cost savings by leveraging drones. The subscription includes hardware, software, cloud services, and support.

    Airware also announced today that it has received an undisclosed investment from Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment arm. Intel manufactures some of the high-performance, low-power processors that will power part of the AIP.

    About Airware
    Airware develops an operating system for commercial drones, allowing enterprises to take full advantage of aerial data for any commercial application. Airware’s Aerial Information Platform combines hardware, software, and cloud services to enable companies to quickly customize, efficiently manage, and safely and reliably operate commercial drones at scale. Based in San Francisco, Airware has gathered a cross-disciplinary team of experts in aerospace, robotics, geospatial, hardware, software, and cloud. Founded in 2011, Airware has raised more than $40 million to date from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, First Round Capital, Google Ventures, GE Ventures, and Intel Capital. For more information, visit or @Airware on Twitter.

    About Intel Capital
    Intel Capital, Intel’s global investment organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software, and services targeting enterprise, mobility, consumer Internet, digital media and semiconductor manufacturing. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$11.4 billion in over 1,400 companies in 57 countries. In that timeframe, 211 portfolio companies have gone public on various exchanges around the world, and 366 were acquired or participated in a merger. In 2014, Intel Capital invested $359 million in 125 investments, including 59 new deals. For more information on what makes Intel Capital one of the world’s most powerful venture capital firms, visit or follow @Intelcapital.

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  • November 19, 2014

    Airware Receives Investment from GE Ventures

    Airware, creator of a hardware, software, and cloud services platform for commercial drone development and operation, announced today it has raised a strategic investment from GE Ventures, the investment arm of GE.

    GE and Airware will work together to identify ways that Airware’s platform can help deliver safer, more efficient solutions for GE’s industrial customer base and allow them to collect better data and make more informed decisions. Airware will use the funding to continue preparations for the commercial launch of its platform and continue to expand its engineering, sales, marketing, and customer support functions.

    “GE, a Fortune 50 company, sees commercial drones as a promising way to collect richer, faster and more effective data in a wide range of markets,” said Jonathan Downey, founder and CEO of Airware. “The company operates in more than 170 countries globally and across many industries, and we’re thrilled to provide it with a platform to explore the space further.”

    Alex Tepper, managing director of GE Ventures said, “Airware is at the heart of today’s commercial UAV ecosystem, and GE Ventures is excited to use this partnership to learn more about how drones can be used to meet the needs of our customers and business units.”

    Airware has raised over $40 million to date from leading venture capital firms and strategic investors including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital, Google Ventures, and GE Ventures.

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  • September 11, 2014

    Airware Partners with NASA to Develop a UAS Traffic Management System

    Airware has partnered with NASA to develop a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system that will enable safe and efficient low-altitude UAS operations.

    Airware offers extremely robust flight control systems for the commercial market that allow for high levels of flexibility to operate a wide range of vehicles and payloads. In addition, Airware has an extensive list of partners who provide some of the best vehicles, payloads, sensors, and software in the commercial UAS space. Bringing this flexibility and ecosystem to the table will provide both NASA and Airware the ability to test and validate a wide range of scenarios to enable the development of the UTM system.

    “To build out a traffic management system for small UAS, you need to test a large number of aircraft - fixed-wing, multirotor, flying-wing, gas-powered, battery-powered and many others, to simulate what will exist in future operational scenarios” said Jesse Kallman, Airware’s Head of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs. “We’re excited to partner with NASA because our technology will allow us both to work towards a common goal of enabling safe and efficient commercial UAS operations, in addition to supplementing the work we are already conducting in the areas of collision avoidance and GPS denied flight, among others.”

    Under this partnership, Airware and NASA will have the ability to operate and test a diverse set of aircraft, sensors, and custom software, such as aircraft spacing, collision avoidance, 4D trajectory modeling, with the same interface and with the level of safety and reliability necessary for commercial use of UAS.

    “We look forward to working with NASA over the next several years as we continue to refine the technology so that UAS will be able to safely operate in the complex U.S. national airspace system,” said Kallman. “Just as we’ve worked closely with the FAA to anticipate regulatory needs, we look forward to this partnership with NASA and hope to help more rapidly introduce commercial UAS technology into the national airspace.”

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  • July 23, 2014

    Airware Raises $25 Million in Series B Financing

    Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) Leads Round; with Participation from Andreessen Horowitz and First Round Capital; KPCB’s Mike Abbott Joins Board

    Airware, creator of a hardware, software, and cloud services platform for commercial drone development and operation, announced today it has raised $25 million in Series B financing. Airware’s aerial information platform enables companies to use highly autonomous commercial drones to collect, analyze, and disseminate the data they need while complying with regulatory and insurance requirements. The latest round is led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) with participation from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and First Round Capital. Mike Abbott, general partner at KPCB, will join Airware’s board, which currently includes Jonathan Downey, Airware’s founder and CEO, and Chris Dixon, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz.

    This funding is part of Airware’s preparation for the commercial launch of its platform later this year and will be used to expand its engineering, sales, marketing, and customer support functions.

    “Commercial drones are creating a revolution in insights and countless industries around the world will soon benefit from access to aerial information that, until now, has been too difficult, dangerous, expensive or downright impossible to get,” said Airware CEO Downey. “To help organizations use drones for any commercial application, we’re building a platform that anyone can customize and build on top of. This funding will accelerate our efforts and we are extremely fortunate that high-caliber investors like Kleiner Perkins are partnering with Airware.”

    Downey founded Airware in 2011 after recognizing the need for a safe, reliable and flexible platform for commercial drone use. Airware’s platform enables customers to tailor drones to any commercial application by seamlessly connecting aircraft, sensors, payloads, and application-specific software. Airware began working with leading commercial drone companies as part of its beta program last year, including Delta Drone and Cyber Technology, and has partnered with researchers from MIT to evaluate the delivery of vaccines and medicines using a network of commercial drones. Late last year, Airware demonstrated drones for wildlife conservation and anti-poaching at Kenya’s Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Airware will launch the first version of its product for general availability later this year.

    “Building and operating commercial drones is extremely complex and could be radically simplified with a common, flexible platform, ” said KPCB’s Mike Abbott. “Airware recognized early the opportunity to apply drone intelligence to commercial applications, and is now at the forefront of an industry that will soon experience rapid global expansion. KPCB is excited to support Jonathan and the company on their path as they fuel the commercial drone ecosystem.”

    Abbott brings deep engineering and additional entrepreneurial leadership to Airware’s board, with particular expertise in building organizations and platforms. As former vice president of engineering at Twitter, he grew the engineering team from 80 to more than 350 engineers in less than 18 months to rebuild and solidify Twitter’s infrastructure to support hundreds of millions of daily tweets. Before joining Twitter, Abbott led the software development team at Palm that created HP/Palm’s next-generation webOS platform. Earlier in his career, Abbott was general manager of Microsoft’s .NET online services, which became Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform. He was also the founder of Composite Software (acquired by Cisco) and a co-founder of Passenger Inc.

    Airware has raised $40 million to date. The company received $12.2 million in Series A funding in May 2013, led by Andreessen Horowitz with Google Ventures, First Round Capital, and Felicis Ventures participating. It received seed financing from Google Ventures, First Round Capital, Firelake Capital, RRE Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Promus Ventures, and several Y Combinator partners. Airware is a graduate of both Lemnos Labs and Y Combinator incubators.

    Airware is located in San Francisco and is rapidly growing with more than 50 team members. For career opportunities, visit

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