Aerobo is a technology-enabled drone service provider. Aerobo strives to be the market leader in providing professional, premium aerial video services to large enterprise clients.
- DaaS opportunity: Aerobo is an early provider in the drones-as-a-service (DaaS) market. The drone services industry is in the early innings, as commercial use of drones was only first permitted by the FAA approximately 18 months ago. Frost & Sullivan, Goldman Sachs, PwC, and other industry analysts estimate that the DaaS market will become a multi-billion dollar industry in the next few years.
- Growth trajectory: Aerobo has continued to grow in 2016 after launching in 2015, with Aerobo predicting its Q2 revenue to grow 350% from 2015 (note: based on Q2 recognized revenue and bookings through May, does not include pipeline). In Q2, Aerobo serviced blue-chip clients including but not limited to Fast and Furious 8 (film), Red Bull (extreme sports), Halstead (real estate), and CNN and NBC (news).
- Business model: Aerobo plans to scale nationally and build a leadership position in the drone services industry. Aerobo plans to do this by leveraging a national network of freelance operators, significant experience in professional videography, and proprietary technology that enables heavy camera equipment and complex tasks. Aerobo is focused on exceptional quality and customer service so that the technology can be used to its fullest potential.
- Pilot network: Aerobo has a database of freelance drone operators, each of whom Aerobo has vetted by reviewing the pilot's license and medical certificate, conducting an interview, and evaluating reels and prior work. Once Aerobo verifies these certifications and skills, the company will work with the pilot preliminarily on lower-priced, less complex engagements. Over time, Aerobo's most skilled and reliable pilots gain responsibility. Aerobo plans to spend a portion of the proceeds from this fundraise to equip several pilots with additional hardware.
- Hardware Overview: Aerobo owns and operates 16 drones. Its three largest drones can weigh up to 55 pounds (depending on payload) and have been built in-house by the team's engineers. These systems are designed to carry heavy, complex camera systems and long lenses. Aerobo also owns and operates a range of small and medium sized drones that have been built or modified in order to meet common customer needs.
- Proprietary Technology: Additionally, Aerobo has spearheaded two new drone technologies. The first, the Aerobo Mini, is a lightweight system that is optimized for live broadcast to minimize the video transmission break-up that occurs with consumer and prosumer drones. The second, the Omni Gimbal,* is a camera stabilization system that takes out weight and improves the drone's battery life (relative to off-the-shelf gimbals), while also improving stability. Aerobo is exploring patents for both of these systems. Additional details on these two technology projects can be found in Aerobo's investor deck.
*Capability is proposed, and does not represent a current, developed product.
Aerobo was originally founded by Brian Streem and Jeff Brink, who became fascinated by drones as a way to maneuver a camera anywhere in three dimensional space. With deep experience in film, Brian and Jeff understood the high cost and technical limitations of alternatives such as helicopters and land-based rigs. Brian and Jeff were originally interested in being customers of a high quality drone service provider. When they saw that none existed, they set out to build their own.
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This investment is highly speculative and should not be made by anyone who cannot afford to risk the entire investment amount. In addition to these risks, you should carefully consider the specific information and risks disclosed in Aerobo’s profile.