March 9, 2021

Skydio Named One of World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2021 by Fast Company

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Skydio, the leading U.S. drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight among top-ranked in the Robotics category

Redwood City, Calif. (March 9, 2021) -- Skydio has been named to Fast Company’s prestigious annual list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2021.

The list honors the businesses that have not only found a way to be resilient in the past year, but also turned those challenges into impact-making processes. These companies did more than survive, they thrived—making an impact on their industries and culture as a whole. This year’s MIC list features 463 businesses from 29 countries.

“We’re excited to be recognized by Fast Company as one of this year’s Most Innovative Companies,” said Skydio CEO, Adam Bry. “Our mission at Skydio is to make the world more productive, creative, and safe with autonomous flight. This recognition is a reflection of years of work by an incredible team. We’re motivated by how much further we have to go to realize the full potential of autonomous flying machines.”

Skydio is founded on a simple premise: the way to make drones more useful is to make them more intelligent. Autonomy is the key ingredient to unlock the full potential of drone technology.Skydio autonomous drones leverage advanced computer vision to understand the environment around them and breakthrough artificial intelligence to make smart decisions while navigating without the need for a human pilot.

Following the incredible success of Skydio 2, the first autonomous drone for consumers, Skydio introduced several new, industry-leading solutions for enterprise and public sector customers - such as Skydio X2, Skydio House Scan and Skydio 3D Scan.

Today, Skydio’s products are used for everything from capturing amazing video for consumers, to inspecting infrastructure, bridges, and residential properties for engineering firms, to enabling situational awareness for first responders in critical situations. These products have been widely recognized as the most advanced and capable autonomous drones available in the world.

Fast Company’s editors and writers sought out the most groundbreaking businesses across the globe and industries. They also judged nominations received through their application process.

The World’s Most Innovative Companies is Fast Company’s signature franchise and one of its most highly anticipated editorial efforts of the year. It provides both a snapshot and a road map for the future of innovation across the most dynamic sectors of the economy.

“In a year of unprecedented challenges, the companies on this list exhibit fearlessness, ingenuity, and creativity in the face of crisis,” said Fast Company Deputy Editor David Lidsky, who oversaw the issue with Senior Editor Amy Farley.

To coincide with the issue launch, Fast Company will host its first-ever Most Innovative Companies Summit on March 9and 10. This virtual, multi-day summit will celebrate the Most Innovative Companies in business, provide an early look at major business trends, and offer the inspiration and practical insights on what it takes to innovate in 2021.

Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies issue (March/April 2021) is now available online, as well as in app form via iTunes and on newsstands beginning March 16, 2021. The hashtag is #FCMostInnovative.

About Skydio

Skydio is the leading U.S. drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight. Skydio leverages breakthrough AI to create the world’s most intelligent flying machines for use by consumer, enterprise, and government customers. Founded in 2014, Skydio is made up of leading experts in AI, robotics, cameras, and electric vehicles from top companies, research labs, and universities from around the world. Skydio designs, assembles, and supports its products in the U.S. from its headquarters in Redwood City, CA, and has been selected as Trusted Drone Provider for U.S. Federal Government as part of the Defense Innovation Unit’s Blue sUAS Project. Skydio is trusted by leading enterprises across a wide range of industry sectors and is backed by top investors and strategic partners including Andreessen Horowitz, Linse Capital, Next47, IVP, Playground, NVIDIA, and UP.Partners.


Fast Company is the only media brand fully dedicated to the vital intersection of business, innovation, and design, engaging the most influential leaders, companies, and thinkers on the future of business. The editor-in-chief is Stephanie Mehta. Headquartered in New York City, Fast Company is published by Mansueto Ventures LLC, along with our sister publication Inc., and can be found online at

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