Ian Anderson 12:38 p.m., Nov. 15
Wired Magazine editor-in-chief quits job, enters San Diego and Tijuana drone wars
Long-time Wired editor-in-chief Chris Anderson has quit his job and is heading to San Diego to become CEO of 3D Robotics, a bi-national outfit billed as do-it-yourself drone builder.
Anderson has partnered with 26-year-old Jordi Muñoz, who was born in Ensenada and grew up in Tijuana. He reportedly first met Anderson online after the latter saw a video of Muñoz flying a helicopter with a customized Wii.
The editor financed the pair's start-up, said to employ 40 - 25 in Kearny Mesa and 15 in Tijuana - where low cost labor is used for manufacturing.
"Neither Jordi and I knew anything more about drones than what we found online, yet in three years he and the team he assembled at 3D Robotics, who are mostly Mexican and Mexican/American engineers in their early 20s, built something amazing: two state-of-the art drone factories," Anderson says in an interview today on the Atlantic Cities blog.
"The world’s factories are now increasingly open to anyone via the web, creating what amounts to 'cloud manufacturing.' And huge Maker communities have grown around sites such as Kickstarter and Etsy. In Silicon Valley, the phrase is that 'hardware is the new software.'"