2017 Mr|Ms Silicon Valley Candidate

Tobin Fisher

Vantage Robotics

Vantage Robotics has created a massively differentiated flying camera to compete in the $7 B camera drone market by solving the ease of use problem. The company spent over four years developing the product, sold over $1 M in pre-orders, and has just begun shipping to rave reviews. They were selected to be CNN's drone partner and won Sir Richard Branson's Extreme Tech Challenge.

Vantage's first product, Snap, is the only high-performance flying camera that can safely be used near people. With sophisticated tracking, automatic smart shots and your smartphone as the controller, Snap brings ease of use to a whole new level. The patent pending modular design enables customers to easily optimize performance with one hour flight times, silent operation, 60 mph flight speeds, and obstacle avoidance modules.

Already featured by Wired, Outside, TechCrunch, Men's Journal, The Verge, and Fast Company, amongst many others, the product has achieved strong traction with the press.

Vantage has a distribution deal in place with Amazon and strong interest from Apple, with combined sales forecasts of 6000 units/month.

The experienced team of Stanford, Yale, CMU, IDEO, NASA, HP, Panasonic, and Volkswagen alums have started a combined 8 companies previously and have been granted over 50 patents.

Investors include Crunchfund, Accelerator Ventures, Ruvento, Angel List, Hone Ventures, Rothenberg Ventures, Andy von Flotow, one of the most successful drone entrepreneurs in the United States, Blake Krikorian, founder of Sling Media, Bill Tai, an internationally recognized VC, Othman Laraki, ex VP of Product for Twitter (now CEO of Color Genomics) and other extremely experienced angel investors.

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