Airspeeder: There has never been a more exciting time to be innovating within mobility. Tell us in summary what it is you are doing. Where have you come from?
Gary Gysin: I’m Silicon Valley born and raised and a serial entrepreneur. At the start of my career, I was very tech-focused: I worked on a data-centre company for example. Two companies ago, I was involved in a project digitisting and revolutionising the electric grid, using IP networks to get consumption information, and much more. It was very exciting to look at a very regulated, traditional industry in a new way.
I then joined Liquid Robotics which eventually was acquired by Boeing. We created an autonomous ocean robot that stayed out to sea for a year, powered by solar and wave energy and loaded with sensors to transform the way we read ocean data. This technology led to many applications including the tracing of submarines which was clearly very interesting for Boeing’s defense division. My time at Liquid Robotics inspired my interest in autonomy.
In 2019, I left Liquid Robotics and decided to take some time with my family. Shortly after, I was called about a company that Larry Page – the co-founder of Google – had established and was working on with Boeing. They told me about the product, – Cora – the mission and vision of an all-electric, autonomous air taxi service. I thought, if we could pull this off, we could fundamentally change transportation. This is what inspired me to join Wisk as their CEO.