Chris Anderson: How (and Why) I Built a Drone Empire with a 19-year-old

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Published on January 28, 2016

About this presentation

In this talk, 3D Robotics founder Chris Anderson shares three lessons he learned transitioning from Wired Magazine editor to helming a 275-person drone company. From “paying” his children in juice for assembling the early prototypes to building a massive factory in Mexico, Anderson’s journey was random and often accidental. But thanks to some healthy ignorance, open source technology, and some rising tech trends, Anderson’s new venture is a successful one, boasting over 100,000 customers.

The key for building a company, he says, is to not wait. Ride the tides of community and macro trends, and keep iterating. “Everything we learned about manufacturing, about the products, we learned by actually doing it.”

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About Chris Anderson

After coining “The Long Tail” and helming Wired during its golden age, Chris has turned his sights to a new frontier: Drones we all can use.

He is the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. Before Wired he was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong, and New York.

Anderson is also the author of the New York Times bestselling books The Long Tail and Free as well as Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. Anderson’s awards and honors include: Editor of the Year by Ad Age (2005); Time Magazine’s Tech 40, The Most Influential Minds In Technology (2013); and Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers (2013).

Anderson lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and five children.

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