Airware is building the aerial information platform for the rapid development and safe operation of commercial drones, providing hardware, software and cloud services. Airware enables customers to tailor drones to any commercial application by seamlessly connecting aircraft, sensors, payloads, and application-specific software.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) enable more rapid and repeatable collection of aerial data than traditional methods. This helps businesses meet regulatory requirements, make better decisions and keep workers safe.

In 2011, we identified a significant gap in the market. Military autopilots were too inflexible and expensive and hobbyist projects weren’t safe or reliable enough for commercial use. We knew that for the growing number of diverse commercial applications, the industry needed more than an autopilot.

To take full advantage of commercial drones, Airware offers a common operating system that enables businesses to safely operate commercial drones, manage a variety of aircraft and integrate aerial data into design, engineering, asset management and decision workflows.

San Francisco, US
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Key People at Airware

Rene Lauzon

Rene Lauzon

VP of Operations
John Kolaczynski

John Kolaczynski

Director of Implementation
Ken Tamura

Ken Tamura

VP of Finance
Buddy Michini

Buddy Michini

Jonathan Downey

Jonathan Downey

Founder / CEO

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Total Funding

$70.4 M

Latest funding size

$30 M

Time since last funding

7 months


Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Shasta Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, Google Ventures, First Round, RRE Ventures, Promus Ventures, GE Ventures, Lemnos Labs, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Andreessen Horowitz, Next World Capital, John T. Chambers

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