person hand launching skydio 2+ drone with colorful sunset in the background
person hand launching skydio 2+ drone with colorful sunset in the background

About Skydio

Our Mission

is to make the world more productive, creative, and safe with autonomous flight.

Skydio Breakthrough AI

Breakthrough AI 10 years in the making.

Our founders met as grad students at MIT in 2009 where they helped pioneer autonomous drone technology. After MIT they helped start Google’s Project Wing. Skydio was founded in 2014 and in 2018 we launched R1 which was widely regarded as a breakthrough in autonomous drones for consumers and as a platform for commercial development.

Skydio products are the result of over a decade of R&D by world experts in drones, AI, and computer vision.

Nothing on earth flies like a Skydio.

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Our products are designed, assembled,
and supported in the USA.

We take our responsibility as America's leading drone manufacturer seriously. We design, assemble, and support our products in the U.S. We develop our software in-house and source our processors from U.S. companies. That enables us to provide a high level of supply chain security and serve as a trusted partner to government customers.

The result is a homegrown aircraft that reflects the best of American innovation, trustworthiness, and craftsmanship.

Executive Leadership


Adam Bry

CEO & Co-founder

Two decades of experience with small UAS, starting as a national champion R/C airplane pilot. Part of award winning research program at MIT that pioneered autonomous flight for drones. Co-founded Google[x]’s Project Wing. Author of numerous technical papers and patents. MIT’s TR35 list for young innovators. BS, Olin College. MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Abraham Bachrach

CTO & Co-founder

Led award winning autonomous flight research program at MIT, starting in 2007. Co-founder and technical lead at Google Project Wing. Experience across computer vision, machine learning, system architecture, and vehicle design. Co-author of numerous technical papers and patents. BS, UC Berkeley. MS, PHD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Matt Donahoe


Project co-founder and lead developer of PocketGems' Episode. Extensive experience shipping code used by millions. BS from Olin College, MS from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Callan Carpenter

Chief Revenue Officer

Callan comes to Skydio with over three decades of leadership experience in the aerospace, semiconductor and engineering software industries. His past roles include the VP of Digital Twins at Unity, and the VP of Global Named Accounts and VP of Global Services at Autodesk. He holds a private pilot license and both a BSc in electrical engineering and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.


Kevin Kirn

Chief Product Officer

Before Skydio, Kevin led product for Clever, the digital learning platform that powers K-12 education. Prior to Clever, Kevin led product for Quickbooks Online and Mint at Intuit. Kevin started his career at Microsoft as an engineer, then a product manager, followed by a stint at McKinsey. Kevin earned his BA and MBA from the University of Washington.


Macario Namie

Chief Marketing Officer

Macario brings over 25 years of experience in leading Marketing and Strategy teams in Silicon Valley. He has supported enterprise software solutions at diverse companies such as Cisco, WebEx, Jasper Technologies and ASAPP. He earned his BA from UC Berkeley, is Part 107 certified and is a private airplane pilot.


Nicole Bonk

Head of Flight Testing

Flight Test Lead at Google Project Wing and GoPro. Multi Engine Commercial Pilot and Part 107 certified. Experience testing across multiple small UAS systems with over 2000 hours. BS, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Unmanned Aircraft Systems.


Michael Brubaker

VP of Americas Sales

More than 25 years of sales and sales leadership experience in all aspects of revenue generation. Skilled at solving the most pressing business challenges for organizations across numerous industries. Before Skydio, led go-to-market efforts as vice president of sales for ARCOS, guiding the team to innovate, drive customer value, and penetrate new markets that led to over 600% revenue growth and a transition to a new PE owner. At CommVault Systems, chief of staff and multiple AVP roles on the Americas Sales team during seven years of 1200%+ growth. B.A., the University of Missouri.


Brendan Groves

Head of Regulatory and Policy Affairs

Nationally recognized expert in aviation, technology, and national security policy. Former Associate Deputy Attorney General at U.S. DOJ, where he led and scaled DOJ’s drone program and served on the FAA committee that oversaw the integration of drones into the national airspace system. Former U.S. Air Force officer and private pilot. BS, Pepperdine University. JD, Yale Law School.


Alden Jones

VP of Customer Success

Founder of American Tower's UAS program, responsible for digitizing portfolio of 40,000 US tower assets with 175 pilots. Experience with large scale technology proofs of concept, training, implementation and support. Former US Army Captain.


Partheesh Mani

Head of Legal

An engineer-turned-lawyer, Partheesh combines strong technical, legal and international sales expertise to lead the legal team at Skydio. Prior to Skydio, Partheesh held legal leadership positions at Razer and Nextbit and brings a strong technical background in software and hardware engineering from his time as a senior engineer at Intel. BS and MS Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; JD, McGeorge School of Law.


Tom Moss

GM, APAC & CEO of Skydio-Japan

Co-founder and CEO at 3LM (acq'd by Motorola). Co-founder & CEO at Nextbit (acq'd by Razer). SVP & GM, Mobile at Razer. Led Google Android Sales from 2007-2010.


Ryan Reading

Head of SW Engineering

Ryan Reading has over eighteen years of experience working in high-tech engineering for enterprise IoT, cloud and network security solutions. Reading joins Skydio from Samsara where he has been VP of Engineering and more recently VP/GM of Fleet Safety. Previously, he led Cisco Meraki's MX security team where he focused on advanced network security and spent several years in the Intelligence Community designing high security communication systems. Reading graduated from Missouri S&T University with his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.


Ben Thompson

Head of Hardware

Hardware development leader specializing in complex, vehicle-scale products. Managed Model S and X electrical integration and autopilot mechanical engineering at Tesla. Space vehicle design at Northrop Grumman. BS, University of California at Santa Barbara. MS and MBA, University of Southern California.


Mark Valentine

President of Global Government Business

Mark joined Skydio in 2023 after leading Scale AI’s Federal Team and Microsoft’s National Security Team, focusing on delivering advanced technologies like AI/ML, cloud computing, and mixed reality to warfighters and analysts across the US Federal Government. With over 25 years in the US Air Force as a combat veteran fighter pilot (F-16), commander, and staff officer, Mark brings extensive military expertise. He holds a BS in Astronautical Engineering from the USAFA and an MA in International Security Policy from Georgetown.


Anna Wiesenthal-Birch

VP People of Operations

Seasoned people operations executive. Former Chief of Staff of Cisco’s Security Business Group, where she drove a high performing executive team and oversaw a range of initiatives. Served as Vice President of People Operations for OpenDNS, scaling the team from 25 employees to over 400 while maintaining unparalleled employee retention and culture. BA, California State University, Chico.

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Do you get excited at the thought of working on autonomous robots that fly through the air? Do you see the potential for drones to make the world safer, smarter, and cleaner? Then join our team, and let's make history together.

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