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:
Delivery From Inconvenience
Anyone who’s ever waited in line for a MetroCard or set foot in the soul-sucking purgatory that is the Port Authority will be excited for the following news: British analysts believe mobile transit ticketing is set to triple in the next five years, according to Wired
Today’s big “So dumb I can’t believe it’s a real trend” trend comes courtesy of Wired’s U.K. website, in an article called “Brace yourselves for the proliferation of the ‘finger hashtag.’”
According to the piece’s author, who also provided seven pieces of photographic evidence, this new “trend” involves people “actually making the hashtag sign with their hands (using the index and middle fingers from both laid over each other) rather than saying ‘hashtag.’”
Which would be semi-outrageous (no more so than planking, surely) and sort of makes you hope that the people currently using this gesture are “killed in a fire,” as the story goes, except for one thing. This trend story is most likely a fake.
Thomas Goetz, Wired‘s executive editor, announced in a blog post that he is leaving the magazine in the new year to “turn ideas into action.”
“I’ve got an idea, hinted at in the name of this blog here, that I think will help people find powerful ideas and put them to use – even help them improve their lives,” he wrote. Mr. Goetz’s blog is called Idea Delivery System, Ltd. “So as of January 4, I’m leaving Wired to turn ideas into action. Expect something cool in mid to early 2013.”
The lights were bright, the music poppy and the toys plentiful at the opening of the Wired pop-up store party in Soho last week. Incoming editor in chief Scott Dadich greeted the crowd with a big smile and a lot of handshaking. He was splitting town for San Francisco soon—he starts at his new post in early January. Mr. Dadich looked Bay Area-appropriate in a jaunty tie designed by his wife and black-and-white Burberry sneakers to go with his suit.
“He looks like Ron Burgundy,” a friend noted.
The crowd gravitated toward the dance floor, where ?uestlove pumped out songs that made the Transom nostalgic for bar mitzvah music. Among the guests we spotted This American Life host Ira Glass and actress Amber Tamblyn, the latter trying out a new Chromebook. Kinect stations at the Buick Verano Turbo activation lined the sides of the room, and nobody seemed too old to wave his or her arms wildly.
Scott Dadich has been named editor in chief of Wired, Condé Nast announced today.
Mr. Dadich, who is replacing Chris Anderson, comes from the corporate side at Condé– he most recently served as vice president, editorial platforms and design since 2010. Mr. Dadich was the creative director of Wired from 2006 to 2010.
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:
Today the American Society of Magazine Editors honored New York magazine’s website as well as its general digital excellence. Congratulations, Adam Moss and Ben Williams; Ben Williams and Adam Moss. Wired picked up two as well, one for design, and one for reporting for digital media. Find out why Time, The New York Times Magazine, and Newsweek were awarded by reading the full list 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.
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