is to make the world more productive, creative, and safe with autonomous flight.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Skydio’s VP of Hardware Operations, Scott Gooch, is a Manufacturing Engineering and Operations executive with 30 years experience in all facets of manufacturing, manufacturing engineering, and contract manufacturing management. A proven track record of success in start-up and established companies and author of 11 patents, Scott is both a strategic and tactical thinker with a unique combination of engineering, operations and business development expertise.
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.
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.
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.
Seasoned roboticist pushing the limits of visual navigation, 3D reconstruction, and real-time algorithms. Experience across drones, hexapods, robot arms, milli-scale robot swarms, and self-balancing motorcycles. BS from Princeton, MS from Stanford.
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 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.
Mike Ross comes to Skydio directly from Samsara, the fastest growing IoT company in the world, where he led the Telematics Product Group focused on cloud-connected fleet management hardware, tools, and applications. Prior to Samsara, Ross was a fighter pilot and experimental test pilot in the United States Navy, where he helped lead the carrier suitability flight test of the F/A-18 A-F, X-47B, and F-35C. He graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems Engineering, and holds a Master's degree in Systems Engineering from the United States Naval Postgraduate School. In addition to his Part 107 certificate, Ross holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, and both multi-engine and seaplane ratings.
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 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.
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.