Snapchat Parent Said to Acquire Drone Manufacturing Firm for $1 Million

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Snapchat Parent Said to Acquire Drone Manufacturing Firm for $1 Million


  • Snap is reported to acquihire Ctrl Me Robotics firm for $1 million
  • Ctrl Me Robotics is a drone company
  • Snap previously introduced its Spectacles during the company’s rejig

Snap Inc, the parent company of popular photo-sharing app Snapchat, has acquired Los Angeles-based small drone manufacturer Ctrl Me Robotics for nearly $1 million (roughly Rs. 6.45 crores).

According to a report in Buzzfeed on Sunday, Snap’s interest in drone manufacturers means it has more than just a passing interest in hardware.

For Snap, that calls itself a “camera company”, drone industry can be a good place to venture into since drone photography and videography have become popular on social media.

“The deal was something of an ‘acquihire’, with Ctrl Me founder and drone entrepreneur Simon Saito Nielsen joining Snap, along with some company assets and equipment,” the report noted.

Ctrl Me Robotics was in the process of winding down when it approached Snap about a possible deal.

“Ctrl Me raised a small amount of seed funding from investors in 2014 but the startup never gained traction,” the report noted.

Previously, Snap introduced “Spectacles” with a built-in camera that brought in relatively little revenue and largely helped as a pre-IPO marketing push.

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Tags: Snap, Snapchat, Ctrl Me Robotics, Apps
Written by Loknath Das