Guess who’s still droning away? Former Wired editor in chief Chris Anderson has just raised a $30 million Series B for his startup 3D Robotics. Investors include Foundry Group, True Ventures, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures and SK Ventures. It’s in addition to $5 million raised last year.
The company plans to use the money to “mainstream aerial robotics and surveying,” i.e., turning this hobbyist habit into something relatively affordable and approachable for those who aren’t lifelong subscribers to, well, Wired. The team is zeroing on commercial use cases, the big example being agriculture. Mr. Anderson said in a statement:
The Long Tail
Wired’s editor in chief Chris Anderson announced today that he leaving the magazine to concentrate on 3D Robotics, a company he cofounded that makes DIY Drones. Mr. Anderson has been the mag’s EIC since 2001 and wrote the 2004 book The Long Tail. No successor has been named yet.
“This is an opportunity for me to pursue an entrepreneurial dream,” Mr. Anderson said in a statement. “I’m confident that Wired’s mission to influence and chronicle the digital revolution is stronger than ever and will continue to expand and
The internal email sent to Conde Nast staffers is below:
Not long after Scott Dadich was appointed executive editor of digital magazine development for all of Condé Nast, “the tops of the mastheads,” as the senior editorial staffs are called, filed into the company’s fourth-floor lecture hall for a series of meetings. Condé’s new iPad king was holding court.
This wasn’t the first time the tastemakers of 4 Times Square had met Mr. Dadich. He’d been shopping “that Wired thing” around the company since it debuted in iTunes’ App Store in May 2010 to considerable fanfare and a flurry of downloads.
But this time, Mr. Dadich faced a few more sets of crossed arms.
“I think in the last year I’ve done, I want to say–it’s tough–a few dozen? Thirty to forty would be my guess?”
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The Web, Apps
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This morning Wired editor Chris Anderson announced that, after nine days, the magazine’s first iPad edition has sold 73,000 copies.
Wired‘s newsstand sales average in the mid-80,000s for an entire month, Mr. Anderson wrote. Both editions retail for $4.99.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs showed the cover of the Wired iPad app Read More
In the past the National Magazine Awards, the big show where the American Society of Magazine Editors gives out “Ellies” to the year’s big magazine winners, have been lavish affairs. Lots of drinks. Chocolate fondue. Gowns and black ties at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
But this year, with the industry falling to its knees, the Read More
Who needs fancy Chief Innovation Officers (or their imaginary sons)? Wired‘s Clive Thompson just might’ve come up with the solution to all of the big media companies’ problems. As Mr. McGuire counseled young Benjamin Bradock in The Graduate, we have just one word—are you listening—for the Tribune Company, The New York Times Read More
In his latest 37-second Media Web Minute (are these things getting shorter?), MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman turns his attention to Condé Nast’s business magazine, Portfolio, which regular readers of Media Mob may know has been having a tough few weeks.
Ever Read More
BY DOREE SHAFRIR
“There’s not one path anymore,” David Hirshey, executive editor of HarperCollins and former longtime deputy editor of Esquire magazine, said the other day. “Thirty years ago, you worked at a newspaper, you moved to a magazine, and then you Read More