Former DJI Director leaves for new role at open-source drone company Auterion
DJI Director Of Business Development Cynthia Huang is leaving the company after nearly three years in the job. Her next step? She’ll take on a new role as Vice President of Enterprise Business Development at Auterion.
The news, announced today, is a big win for Auterion — as Huang brings international business and emerging tech experience particularly from her work at DJI, but also at companies including Tiny Prints, which is a Shutterfly company. Huang also holds an MBA from Duke University.
Among her projects at DJI were building up the use of drones within the oil and gas industry. Huang was instrumental in a partnership between DJI and Shell Oil Company to test, create and deploy new types of DJI drone tech in an effort to “improve efficiency and worker safety during industrial inspections and emergency incident response.”
In her new role, Cynthia will lead the go-to-market strategy for Auterion’s enterprise products, which primarily serve customers in the utility, oil & gas, telco, and mining industries. Auterion’s global customer base includes GE Aviation, Quantum Systems and the U.S. government. Auterion is also backed by investors such as Lakestar, Mosaic Ventures, Costanoa Ventures, and Tectonic Ventures.
“Auterion’s open-source technology combined with its thriving ecosystem offers the kind of flexibility and personalization that customers simply can’t find with any one proprietary company,” Huang said in a prepared statement. “Auterion is well-positioned to continue its strong growth trajectory and I look forward to introducing its unique value proposition to new enterprise customers.”
Auterion is the largest open-source drone software platform in the world, providing enterprise and government users with an ecosystem of software-defined drones, payloads, and third party applications, designed for use within a single platform based on open-source standards.
It’s been a big year for Auterion, which also announced today that it received a magnitude of the expected pre-orders for the new, made-in-USA Freefly Systems Astro drone, which is powered by Auterion. That drone is set to ship to early-access customers in the next couple of weeks.
Auterion came into the public eye earlier this year after in May launching Skynode, a sort of “drone brain” that merges the drone’s flight controller, mission computer, and wireless connectivity into a box the size of your hand. Auterion is led by many of the same creators of Pixhawk, an open-source autopilot system designed for drones.
The company has just over 60 employees, spread across offices in both California and Switzerland.
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