Minnesota Drone Startup Airvuz Takes Flight

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Minnesota startup Airvuz takes flight this week, aiming to become the online destination for all things drone.

The video and photo sharing site appeals to drone pros, DIYers, and enthusiasts seeking to discover fresh aerial video and get the latest in drone news. As a community platform, Airvuz connects pilots with their audience, acting as a resource for people looking to hire drone related companies.

Airvuz is founded by digital media vet John Marino, TV producer Dan Edwards, Venture Capitalist Mike Israel, and 98 Degrees founder Jeff TimmonsZulfikar Ali is the CTO.

“The drone economy is booming,” Marino says, “The FAA estimates that 1 million drones will be sold over the holidays alone. We’re capturing the momentum of this young industry.”

In beta from September through now, Airvuz has already tapped a global audience, noting that 60%+ of traffic is coming from outside the United States.   The ‘Airvuz Originals’ series features branded channels created by such names as Kare11’a Eric Perkins and former pro footballer Ryan Hoag.

“We’re going to be heavy on industry developments,” Marino notes, saying they already have a distributed staff of 10+ to focus on information generation.

Marino sees the big picture vision for Airvuz analogous to what Twitch.TV did with gaming: build a niche community around a growing industry and leverage that into a user generated content platform, livestreaming and all.

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