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UO Business: The Magazine, Summer 2017

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S E C T I O N 32 UO BUS I NE S S : T HE M A G A Z I NE // SUMMER 2 0 17 A L U M N I Known as Skyward, the Portland-based company—which was founded by a small group of students, staff, two pilots, and a UO professor—was acquired in February 2017 by Verizon for an undisclosed amount. Outside of Verizon, Skyward is also working with NASA and the world's three largest drone manufacturers. It all started in 2012 with Jonathan Evans, a former Blackhawk pilot, being inspired by the potential of drone technology. He was serving as a medevac pilot for Life Flight Network in Eugene when he connected with fellow MBA student Eric Ringer, MBA '14, at the University of Oregon Lundquist College of Business. A DRONE MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE FIRM THAT BEGAN AT THE LUNDQUIST COLLEGE OF BUSINESS IS SEEING SKYROCKETING SUCCESS. B Y A NNEM A R I E K NEP P ER - S JOBL OM

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