US drone maker Skydio expands footprint to Japan

A Skydio drone in action. (PHOTO: Skydio)

Use this oneUS drone manufacturer Skydio announced the opening of its new office in Tokyo, Japan, strengthening the company’s ability to support local enterprise and public sector customers as they adopt the company’s technology. This marks the first step of a broader international expansion strategy following Skydio’s recent US$100 million Series C funding round. The office will be under the leadership of Tom Moss, CEO of Skydio Japan.

Tom Moss, CEO of Skydio Japan.

“I’m pleased to be able to bring Skydio’s world leading autonomous drone technology to Japan. Our focus in the Japanese market will be to create a safer and more productive society, building upon the early success we have already had in Japan in supporting the safe, reliable, and scalable inspection and maintenance of infrastructure such as bridges, skyscrapers, and power plants, as well as in post disaster response and more,” said Moss.

Moss was the first investor into Skydio and also served as its first chief operating officer. Prior to this role, Moss started and led Skydio’s strategy for enterprise and government sectors. As CEO of Skydio Japan Moss will oversee the broader Asia-Pacific region for Skydio. Moss has held other high-profile roles in the technology space including senior vice president of mobile at Razer and was a founding member of several successful mobile related companies. He also worked at Google as the worldwide Head of Android business development general manager of Android for the Japan and Asia-Pacific market.

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