Richard Wooldridge

Former Google, Facebook exec just joined a multimillion dollar drone company

The new Chief Operating Officer at  Airobotics is bringing with him chops from Facebook and Google.

The Israeli-based drone startup announced today that Richard Wooldridge would be its new Chief Operating Officer. Wooldridge previously served as the COO at Facebook’s Building 8, which worked to build experimental hardware products such as augmented reality glasses, a smart speaker, video conferencing device and a human-computer interface capable of turning people’s thoughts into digital actions. He also worked previously as COO for Google’s Advanced Technology and Products Group.

Airobotics is the first company in the world to be granted authorization to fly fully automated drones without a pilot, as licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel. The startup has developed a platform that is fully automated, industrial grade, on-demand and multi-purpose. Its features include a robotic arm for automatic payload and battery loading and an emergency landing parachute.

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Wooldridge had previously been an investor in Airobotics. The company secured $42.5 million in its latest funding round, and its other investors include BlueRun Ventures China, as well as Microsoft Ventures and OurCrowd.

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