CEO & Founder3D Robotics
Chris was an early pioneer in the drone industry, having founded the open source DIY Drones community in 2007 and later the Dronecode Project as part of the Linux Foundation. In 2009, as a side project to his day job as Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, he co-founded 3DR (with a total investment of just $500) with Jordi Munoz to help serve that community, with Jordi running daily operations in San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. By 2012 3DR had become America’s biggest drone maker in units, a testament to the emerging DIY and consumer market. At that point the two decided to go properly pro and raised venture capital from top tier investors, including True, Foundry, OATV, Mayfield, Qualcomm, Autodesk and others, setting 3DR on the path to the commercial drone market it is in today.
Prior to Wired, Chris was a writer and editor for The Economist, Science and Nature in London, Hong Kong and New York. He’s also the author of the New York Times bestselling books The Long Tail and Free as well as the most recent Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, and was named by Time Magazine as one of the Time 100, its list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He studied computational physics at George Washington and UC Berkeley and did research at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He lives in Berkeley with his wife and five children.