British Virgin Islands, September 9, 2014: Founder of Virgin Atlantic Richard Branson decides to invest in 3D Robotics— a company that develops UAV technology and drones for business applications and exploration.
“For full disclosure, I’ve recently invested in 3D Robotics – a company that develops personal drones and the technology and software around them – because I’m excited by the possibilities they present. They’re increasingly affordable and relatively easy to use, which gives many more people access to useful, real-time information about the world around them,” he wrote.
Founded in 2009 by Chris Anderson, founder of DIYDrones.com, and Jordi Munoz, 3D Robotics is a VC-backed startup with over 180 employees in North America and more than 28,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Berkeley, California, 3DR operates engineering facilities in San Diego and manufacturing in Tijuana, Mexico. The details of the investment are yet to emerge.
Branson in his blog vociferously supported the emerging technology and even gave his followers a view of Necker Island from a drone’s perspective.
Branson also shared that the post was part of a blog series ‘Drones for good’ which will be posted on Virgin Unite. He further added, “As is the case with all technology, we have a choice. We can design and use drones to make the world a better, safer, fairer and more fun place. Or we can use them to create further divisions between people.”