Machines Like Us: Robots and Drones at Work

Jonathan Downey, Airware

Powering the Commercial Drone Industry

Jonathan Downey, Founder and CEO , Airware

Jonathan Downey is the Founder and CEO of Airware, a San Francisco-based startup that is enabling the rapid growth of the commercial drone industry by building the platform for commercial drone development and operation. Jonathan began working on small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) while studying at MIT. After graduation, he joined Boeing to work on the development of the A160T Hummingbird, a fully autonomous 6,000 lb helicopter, which broke the world record for longest endurance helicopter flight. Jonathan founded Airware due to both personal and industry frustrations with the inflexible and costly “black box” autopilots on the market. Airware has raised approximately $40 million from top investors in Silicon Valley including Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, First Round Capital and Google Ventures. Jonathan is a commercial multi-engine rated pilot with experience flying small singles up through twin turboprops.


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