At the recent Web Summit in Dublin, we caught up with Jay Bregman, founder and former CEO of taxi booking startup Hailo and now building Verifly, a self-described 'VeriSign for drones and other robots'.
At the time of our interview, Bregman had been in the news for leaving Hailo at a time when the company announced that it was pulling out of the United States market to leave the battle to Uber and Lyft.
That was a complete and unfortunate coincidence, Bregman informed us, before talking more about how Hailo is doing and what the reasoning behind the retreat from the US market was (spoiler: there was simply much more growth potential in Europe and Asia).
Bregman then talked about how he got excited about the future of drones and the ability to program robots after meeting with Chris Anderson of 3DRobotics fame. Initially trying to keep it a hobby, Bregman became convinced about the commercial potential of the technology behind what he refers to as 'computers with wings', and left Hailo to pursue his new interest.
To learn more about his new post-Hailo startup, dubbed Verifly, watch the interview.