Disrupt NY 2016
Parrot has been a pioneer within the drone business. The corporate began engaged on drones almost ten years in the past earlier than it was cool. That’s why we’re glad to announce that Parrot founder and CEO Henri Seydoux will be a part of us on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt New York on Might Sept. 11, 2016.
Nevertheless it’s been an extended and windy street for Seydoux. The corporate was based in 1994 and began engaged on Bluetooth headsets and voice recognition software program. The concentrate on drones got here a lot later.
Parrot then began engaged on shopper drones. These drones are a good way to generate income shortly as you’ll be able to promote units to lovers who’re prepared to spend cash for a couple of minutes of flying. It’s additionally a great way to evangelize individuals about drones, how they work and why they could possibly be helpful. The Parrot Disco is an effective instance of this technique.
However there are dozen of low cost drone makers on the market which might be making an attempt to undercut Parrot. Most of those corporations began engaged on drones a lot later than Parrot, and it might make an enormous distinction.
Parrot didn’t cease there. There are various not-so-futuristic purposes for drones. Parrot is now additionally an enormous software program and hardware maker in relation to agriculture use instances for example. And but, it looks like we’re nonetheless on the very starting of this revolution.
Lastly, Parrot can also be one of many main hardware startups popping out of France. This yr, French startups took over CES, and Parrot is likely one of the largest French hardware startups. It’s going to be fascinating to have Seydoux’s tackle the French tech ecosystem and what makes it simpler to construct hardware startups in France.
Is Parrot is properly-ready to be on the forefront of the drone revolution? We’ll discover out at Disrupt New York. Different audio system embrace Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley and Jeff Glueck, Fred Wilson, theSkimm’s Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, Giphy’s Alex Chung, YouNow’s Adi Sideman and extra.
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