October 12, 2021
BRINC, an American technology company building a new class of drones in response to active, mass shooter situations, has announced it raised $25 million in Series A funding to expand its mission to keep people safe in dangerous situations.
Founded by Blake Resnick, the company’s drone aims to fill a specific market gap and customer need for drones that fly inside of structures and serve first responders. The technology can fly safely indoors using lidar, where GPS does not work, and provide live, two-way communication to give responders the eyes and ears they need to mitigate risk and save lives. The LEMUR system began selling earlier this year, and aided responders in Surfside, Fla., with search and rescue tasks inside the Champlain South building collapse.
“BRINC was built with deep customer empathy and a real-world understanding of the situations faced by first responders,” said Erin Price-Wright, principal at Index Ventures. “Blake is both an incredibly thoughtful founder and an old-school inventor, a mix we do not often see: he literally lived the problem, imagined a new approach, and created the technology solution – at the age of 17. We think that BRINC’s commitment to never build lethal drones sets them apart in the industry. Blake and his team are committed to values and ethics that forge public trust among their customers and communities.”
“After watching the response to the Oct. 1  mass shooting, I felt a real call to serve and create something that would have a material impact and keep people save,” said Resnick, who is also CEO of the company. “In the six months since we started selling, our team has seen overwhelming demand and this new funding will help us accelerate hiring to scale and support rapid growth. The federal government has largely banned the use of Chinese technologies, like DJI, creating more opportunity for American companies. We want to make BRINC drones a standard tool for all U.S. first responders at the city, state, and federal level.”
Blake said he imagined how technology – a drone that could fly and communicate inside the building – could serve in situations similar to the Mandalay Bay shooting by entering the structure first to provide responders with the eyes and ears they need without risking life. Three years in development, BRINC now includes a diverse team of more than 50 engineers, technicians, technologists and public safety specialists. The drones are manufactured onsite at their Las Vegas headquarters, and customers serve as key collaborators in the engineering and design of the technology.
BRINC said they are building a system designed to respond to emergencies in seconds, and succeed the police helicopter. This system would create a distributed network of drones in multiple locations to aid first responders when lives are at risk. The company said it is also developing drones for industrial use cases that are dangerous for people.
The funding round was led by Index Ventures, with participation from Sam Altman, Tusk Venture Partners, Jeff Weiner’s Next Play Ventures, Dylan Field, Elad Gil, Patrick Spence, Alex Wang, and former Acting Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan. The company previously raised a seed round of $2.25 million, led by Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI.
For more details on the company and its drones, visit their website here.