As Drones Market Matures Global M&A Exits Increase

Over the last year, acquirers in the drone space included household names such as Boeing, Intel, Snap, and Verizon. Drones companies continue to see increased investor interest, with 2016 setting another annual deals record. Likewise, deals in Q1’17 hit an all-time...

AgFunder Releases 2016 Year In Review AgTech Investing Report

AgFunder just released its 2016 AgTech Investing Report, where a recorded $3.23 billion of venture investment in agriculture technology across 580 deals was tracked. Investment by funding dollars declined 30% after a record-breaking 2016, with particularly weak...

Drones Startups Raised Almost A Half A Billion Dollars In 2015, But How Effective Are They For Precision Ag?

Drones startups raised just over $450 million in equity financing across 74 deals in 2015. This was a 300 percent increase on 2014 levels. Not all of these drones companies will have implications in agriculture, but 2015 did see the world’s largest drones company move into agriculture. China’s DJI, which contributed the year’s largest deal with its $75 million Series B, launched its first drone specifically designed for agriculture in November.

Drone Market Investing With Forbes, Lux Capital & Qualcomm Ventures

In May, we attended one of the many commercial drone events, this one in Santa Cruz, California. Unlike the heard, this bellwether show emphasizes the importance of data in the maturation of the commercial drone market to the extent that it includes the word in its name. The Drones Data X conference is a bi-annual event which takes place in the U.S. and in Europe. The premiere U.S. edition brought out the cream of the crop of drone companies and industry leaders.