Top Business Reddit IAmA's http://www.topiama.com/cat/business The latest Business IAmA's collected from Reddit BusinessWe are engineers from Zipline and today we made 17 lifesaving deliveries by drone in Rwanda. We fly through rain and wind to 8+ hospitals across the country. Ask us anything! http://www.topiama.com/r/6160/we-are-engineers-from-zipline-and-today-we-made Day 2 and we're still live! Keep the questions coming!

We are Zipline , the world's first drone delivery service operating at national scale. A lot of folks claim to do crazy things, but we're a bit different because we really are doing crazy things.

We've been making real deliveries since last October. We've made several thousand flights in Rwanda, delivering real blood to real patients at eight different hospitals across the country. We've built have an awesome team running flights seven days a week, well into the night. Just today, we made 17 blood deliveries, including one delivery to each of the 8 hospitals we serve!

Our engineering and business team here in the U.S. is located on a cattle ranch overlooking the Pacific Ocean where we also do all of our test flights.

We take a pretty different approach than most companies when it comes to tackling seemingly-impossible problems. We're here today because we think we're working on something pretty special and not that many people know about it.

Joining us today, I've peeled away some folks to answer all of your questions.

  • Abdoul (AbdoulSalam) leads our Distribution Center in Rwanda. He's a hacker, tinkerer, and work-horse. One of the smartest Rwandans you've ever met! (It's also the middle of the night for Abdoul right now - thanks for staying up!)
  • Alain (zipline_alain) is a fellow Redditor and software engineer. He's built an ordering system that is simpler than checking out on most sites, yet works over WhatsApp, phone, or web when the Internet decides to work.
  • Jeremy (jdschw) designs our automated air traffic control. He enables fleets of our Zips to fly together, safely.
  • Ciara (zipline_ciara) runs recruiting, has the sweetest pitbull (Sarge!), and will climb any rock she finds.
  • Lastly, I'm Ryan (zipline_ryan), I lead the software team and spend a lot of time thinking about what the future looks like.

Checkout our website and apply to us if you are excited by our mission. More photos and videos on Twitter.

Proof - here is Alain, Ryan, and Jeremy. Abdoul is in Rwanda and Ciara is working from the road today.

We'll be here taking your questions starting at 4:30p PDT (7:30p EDT) and we'll stay as long as you've got questions! And, we're live! Ready to take your questions.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessI am Jim Estill, CEO, Danby Appliances I spent $1.5M to bring 200 Syrian refugees to Canada. AMA http://www.topiama.com/r/6165/i-am-jim-estill-ceo-danby-appliances-i-spent-15m I am CEO of Danby Appliances - a company that sells over 2,000,000 appliances per year. Bar fridges, freezers, microwaves, wine coolers, air conditioners etc.

I started my first company from the trunk of my car and grw it to over $2 Billion in sales. I was a founding director of Blackberry. Founding member of Communitech. Have done over 150 angel investments - mostly in tech and environment companies.

https://twitter.com/jimestill/status/875103083054993408)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/canada-opens-its-hearts-to-syrian-refugees/

http://torontolife.com/city/life/jim-estill-the-man-who-saved-200-syrian-refugees/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShVIW46xP7g

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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 0:00:00 EDT
IwasA transcriptionist for secretly recorded Nixon White House tapes AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/6042/iwasa-transcriptionist-for-secretly-recorded When I was a student at the University of Virginia, I interned for the Miller Center's Presidential Recordings Program through which I transcribed hundreds of hours of secretly recorded White House tapes. Presidents from the Eisenhower Administration to the Nixon Administration secretly recorded their conversations in the Oval Office, Executive Office Building, and Camp David. I mostly transcribed President Nixon's tapes, but I also transcribed a few of Pres. Kennedy's and Pres. LBJ's tapes.

I mentioned this in a /r/todayilearned thread about Pres. Nixon's secretly recorded tapes and received requests to do a AMA: https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/6at8be/til_richard_nixon_possessed_3700_hours_of_taped/dhhp6xp/

More about the Presidential Recordings Program: https://millercenter.org/about-presidential-recordings-program

My Proof: I'm happy to send my internship offer letter/ other email correspondence with my supervisor to an admin.

Edit: I because I pasted the wrong link earlier.

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Sat, 13 May 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessWe are Triton Submarines. We build build deep diving submarines (some dive to 7500ft) for superyacht owners, researchers and explorers. Ask us anything about building and operating deep sea submarines. http://www.topiama.com/r/5967/we-are-triton-submarines-we-build-build-deep Hi Reddit!!

We are Triton Submarines. We are based out of Vero Beach, FL and build deep diving submarines for superyacht owners, researchers and explorers.

We are really excited to be here. I arranged for the president of the company, Patrick Lahey to be here as well as the head engineer John Ramsay to be here to answer any questions you may have. We also have the entire team of electrical and mechanical engineers, and shop personnel here as well as three submarine pilots here who are all available to answer any questions you may have. Link to bios: http://tritonsubs.com/why-triton/team/

My name is Jeff Cremer and I am a photographer working for the company so let me know if you want me to take some pictures of the inside of outside of the subs and I will post them to @TritonSubs on twitter.

P.S. Please follow us on twitter. We are working on some really amazing projects.

My Proof: https://twitter.com/tritonsubs/status/854346800366583808

Quick facts about the subs in the picture:

  • Our submarines are built around a completely transparent acrylic "bubble." The acrylic is so clear that when its in water it seems like it completely disappears and you become one with the ocean.

  • The two larger subs in the photo weigh 8,000 kg (17,640 lbs) and are 2.6m (8.5 ft) tall. They can dive to a depth of 3300ft (1km) and can carry three people.

  • The sub in the middle is a smaller sub for operation from the garages of super yachts and research vessels. It can dive to a depth of 500m (1650ft) and also carry three people. It weighs 4,000 kg (8,800 lbs) and is 1.8 m (5.9 ft) tall.

  • We have just made our Triton 7500/3 submarine available for sale. This is the first acrylic pressure hull equipped manned submersible capable of diving 1.4 miles deep (i.e., 7,500 feet or 2287 meters).

  • Pressure at 7500 feet are 3,337.5psi. There is a total of 85 million pounds of total force acting on the pressure hull when the submersible is at its maximum depth which is almost equal to the weight of a battleship (USS Missouri). So much force and pressure actually makes the hull shrink a little bit when it is at max depth.

Our subs have explored the deep ocean all over the world including Antarctica, Japan, New Zealand, The Solomon Islands, Bahamas, Malta, Italy and Bikini Atoll. We have seen tons of fantastic wildlife and have had some amazing experiences.

Our subs normally cost between $1.85million to $6.3million

Edit: Thanks for the gold kind stranger!!

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Tue, 18 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessIamA account specialist at a small regional Credit Union http://www.topiama.com/r/5943/iama-account-specialist-at-a-small-regional I work as an account specialist (we call them member service advisors) at a credit union. I create and help people manage deposit accounts in the callcenter (I don't create loans but I help people with them.)

AMA!

My ID badge https://imgur.com/a/pmjzt

Me: https://imgur.com/a/rVpN7

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Wed, 05 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessHey Reddit. I'm back. IAMA F̶o̶o̶d̶T̶r̶u̶c̶k̶ ̶o̶w̶n̶e̶r̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶s̶l̶o̶w̶e̶s̶t̶ ̶n̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ ̶e̶v̶e̶r̶.̶ Failure. AMA about the hardest part of being an entrepreneur. http://www.topiama.com/r/5937/hey-reddit-im-back-iama-foodtruck-owner-having My short bio: Hello!

Some redditors suggested that I should do an AMA about becoming a smith, so here it is! If you'd like to know how to start that kind of a business, just shoot me a question and I'll answer!

About me: I was born in a tiny hamlet in the woods of Poland. My stepfather was the village blacksmith and I learned by observing him. When I was 15, I left the village and went to the nearest city to seek a better life. I found work as a helper at various smithing shops and finished my high school, then the university. Faced with little job opportunities beyond McDonald's, I decided to start a swordmaking operation of my own.

My company, AudentiaGuild, makes highly embellished swords, armour and other metalwork.

I'm 26 now. Took me some time getting there!

I also teach sword moves on YouTube - some of you might know me as The Sword's Path. My background as a fencer is mainly in HEMA, but I also trained kendo, kenjutsu and sport fencing.

Here's one of my previous posts, if you'd like to see my crafts! http://imgur.com/gallery/gxuE5

My Proof: http://imgur.com/6cxRljy

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Sat, 01 Apr 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessWe are Broochy - A Finnish startup that created an online clothing marketplace specifically for streetwear. Ask us anything about our company or Finland in general! http://www.topiama.com/r/5888/we-are-broochy-a-finnish-startup-that-created-an Hello Reddit! We are pharmacist, nurse and physician toxicologists and poison specialists at the National Capital Poison Center in Washington DC. It’s hard to imagine what people swallow, splash, or inhale by mistake, but collectively we’ve responded to more than million phone calls over the years about….you name it!

National Poison Prevention Week (March 19-25) is approaching. Take a few minutes to learn how to prevent and respond to a poison emergency. Be safe. AMA!

There are two ways to get free, confidential, expert help if a poisoning occurs:

1) Call 1-800-222-1222, or

2) Logon to poison.org to use the webPOISONCONTROL® tool for online guidance based on age, substance and amount swallowed. Bookmark that site, or download the app at the App Store or Google play.

You don’t have to memorize that contact info. Text “poison” to 484848 (don’t type the quotes) to save the contact info directly to your smart phone. Or download our vcard.

The National Capital Poison Center is a not-for-profit organization and accredited poison center. Free, expert guidance for poison emergencies – whether by telephone or online – is provided 24/7. Our services focus on the DC metro area, with a national scope for our National Battery Ingestion Hotline (202-625-3333), the webPOISONCONTROL online tool, and The Poison Post®. We are not a government agency. We depend on donations from the public.

Now for a bit of negative advertising: We hope you never need our service! So please keep your home poison safe.

AMA!

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Hey Redditors, thank you for all your amazing questions. We won't be taking any new questions, but will try to get to as many of the questions already asked that we can.

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Wed, 15 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Business - LiveI'm the founder of camelcamelcamel, AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5864/im-the-founder-of-camelcamelcamel-ama My short bio: I work with Amazon as an independent contractor to deliver what you want when you want - as long as it's from 6:00AM to midnight - from the Amazon Prime Now app or the website, including orders that you or someone you know might make from the Amazon Fresh website. I am based in Northern Virginia and have done all the routes throughout Northern Virginia, Southern Maryland and Washington D.C.

My Proof: Deleted One Proof

Some customers tweets telling us how amazing and fast our service is

These are the insulated bags that we use to keep your cold items cold for a longer period of time

If you have ordered Prime Now, then you've seen and probably have these bags hanging around in your house

BONUS PIC - The shared bathroom

AMA!

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Mon, 06 Mar 2017 0:00:00 EDT
Actor / EntertainerI'm David J. Fielding and I originated the role of Zordon on The Mighty Morhpin' Power Rangers. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5809/im-david-j-fielding-and-i-originated-the-role-of In October of 1997, I was a vault supervisor for armored truck company Loomis Fargo, when I made off with $17.3 million. At the time it was the second largest cash robbery ever to happen on US soil.

A movie based on the heist starring Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones and directed by Jared Hess (the guy who made Napoleon Dynamite) is out now on Blu-ray and DVD.

My Proof: https://twitter.com/DavidGhantt/status/827476087596789760

My AMA time is up now, but thank you all for your participation in the Ask Me Anything session :-)

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Wed, 08 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessOne year ago, I quit my job to focus on the tea company I co-founded with no experience in tea industry, business or marketing. Fast-forward 1 year and our story made it to Forbes Magazine. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5798/one-year-ago-i-quit-my-job-to-focus-on-the-tea Hello Redditors! My name is Alex and one year ago Today, I decided to quit my well-paid job in the banking industry and focus entirely on the business, Atman Tea Co., I co-founded 5 months prior, in September 2015.

2016 was a year of many ups and downs due to our ignorance in marketing and our naive approach in business. Not knowing the prices and where to purchase ingredients, we soon found ourselves overpaying for everything, and making many avoidable mistakes along the way.

Furthermore, upon launching in March of 2016, we were cash-strapped and we knew we had to be very careful. Despite our awareness, 2 months after launching, we did not have any money and we were desperate to sell products. But, with perseverance and optimism, we were able to overcome the obstacles in front of us, and 3 months after launching, in late May of 2016, we received our first order.

Since then, it has been an uphill battle to generate sales. But, you live and learn, and now we are proud owners of a successful tea company, that is truly one of a kind. Most importantly, I would like to say thank you to all my fellow redditors who bought our tea.

And in mid January 2017, our story was published in Forbes Magazine, which in addition become Editors’ Pick. Looking back, it has been an incredible journey and a proud one.

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Fellow Redditors, This will be the end of this AMA, Thank you for your feedback and for all your comments. Enjoy the rest of your day!

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Mon, 06 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessIamA - We are employees at the largest family owned brick and mortar florist in the US here to talk Valentine's Day! AUA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5789/iama-we-are-employees-at-the-largest-family-owned I am a filmmaker and the son of renowned drug-policy activist Amanda Feilding. My latest feature documentary, The Sunshine Makers, is out now on select US cinemas and VOD. It's about Nick Sand and Tim Scully, two underground chemists united in a mission to save the planet with the consciousness-raising power of LSD. Together they manufactured industrial quantities of Orange Sunshine, the most famous LSD ever made - with the Fed hot on their tails... I am here with Tim Scully, the science genius behind the Orange Sunshine who changed his mind about the ultimate use for LSD. Ask us anything!

Prroof:

https://i.redd.it/gxju6eurubby.jpg https://i.redd.it/vuhktwvuubby.jpg

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Fri, 03 Feb 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessIamA Inventor/Owner if the Ultraskiff 360 Watercraft AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5738/iama-inventorowner-if-the-ultraskiff-360 Signing Off for the night 1/9 will be back tomorrow to answer remaining questions! My short bio: Back in 2014 Reddit helped my first Video go Viral and I am back to give an update and answer any questions! Much love to all of the Reddit Community!

My Proof: http://www.ultraskiff.com/newsevents1.html

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Mon, 09 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessI Am Alfonso Albaisa, Executive Design Director of INFINITI. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5739/i-am-alfonso-albaisa-executive-design-director-of Hi, everyone! I’m Alfonso Albaisa, and I design cars for INFINITI. I’m here at the Detroit Auto Show where we just unveiled the new QX50 Concept, and I’m here to answer any questions you have about cars and design. Feel free to ask me anything!

EDIT: Updated - My proof

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EDIT 2: We're wrapping up. Thank you again for all your questions!

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Mon, 09 Jan 2017 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessHi Reddit! I'm the Founder of PEEQUALITY - A Device that Allows Women to Stand Up... When They Pee. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5680/hi-reddit-im-the-founder-of-peequality-a-device My name is Adie Wilson-Poe, I am an instructor-level scientist, actively conducting pre-clinical research. I received my Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Washington State University. I have been studying cannabinoids and opioids for my entire career (received my first grant as an undergrad in 2004). I study drug pharmacology and physiology, and I’m an expert in the neurobiology of pain.

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Edit 1: PLEASE NOTE: I am not a licensed medical provider, and nothing I say here should be construed as medical advise! Anything discussed on this AMA is based upon my own knowledge of the scientific literature, and much of this literature includes animal studies. My responses are from my heart, I am passionate about my work: they do not reflect the opinions or stance of my employer. CANNABIS IS A SCHEDULE 1 CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE, and is illegal on a federal level. These discussions are occurring in a very gray legal area. I would never condone the commission of a crime, or endanger my own career by doing so.

Edit 2: Wow, what an amazing day! Thank you all so much for your questions, and for sharing your experiences! It's getting late, I'm signing off for the day. I'll continue to check back here periodically, but please feel free to engage with me on social media at any time; FB link above, Insta below.

@dradiepoe

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Thu, 15 Dec 2016 0:00:00 EDT
BusinessI'm Kenneth Lin, founder and CEO of Credit Karma. Yesterday we announced our truly free tax prep and filing service. AMA! http://www.topiama.com/r/5660/im-kenneth-lin-founder-and-ceo-of-credit-karma Hello everyone!

I'm Patrick. For the last 10 years I've been going places and doing things, mostly by bicycle. It all started with a trip before university (which I should never attend, but I didnt knew that at the time), which kindled some love for the outdoors and adventure in me. I've since never stopped and accumulated a couple of interesting stories over the years.

After I finished school and did my military service, I did a 1-year backpacking trip round the world, then I started cycling, first in Europe, then through Africa to Capetown. I flew to India, walked barefoot for a month; hiked in Nepal to the Mt. Everest.

Then I did a 18 month tour through the Americas, starting in the south and cycling, hitchhiking and boating through every country in North- and South-America. I've seen the Easter Island, boated the Amazon river from Peru to the Brazilian coast, cycled through the jungle, hiked to the lost city in Colombia, before sailing to Panama and continued north till I hit Canada.

I've toured the Route 66, crossed the continental divide and survived even Detroit. :D

After that, I did a few more eccentric tours, like riding a road bike through the Sahara (Twice actually, once Egypt/sudan, once Mauretania/Morocco), or going through Russia in winter, cycling over the frozen lake Baikal. It was -45°c at night, which was a first even for me! I then reached China, had a look at Korea and Japan, climbed Mt.Fuji off season, before cycling the silk road back in summer, with a small detour into the Pamir mountains. With up to 50°c in Uzbekistan/Turkmenistan... damn, that poor bike had a lot to do that year.

This year I visited a couple of island states and other places by folding bike, even up to Darjeeling and Sikkim in the Himalayas; later on I solo-summited Mont Blanc, the highest mountain here in Europe.

In my down-time I love to play MtG, board games and video games. Currently the Gwent Beta... and I mod Dwarf Fortress, an awesome indie game with procedually generated stories. It's a bit hard to get into, but if you dare, have a look.

Now I'm preparing for next years trip. A bamboo bicycle tour through Westafrica. :) I'm working together with the YonsoProject for that tour, a Ghanian non-profit that helps education and developement in Westafrica. Among other things, they build Bamboo bikes, which are sold in Germany by MyBoo. Both MyBoo and Apidura helped me out with the gear for the trip; thanks guys for the bike and bags. :)

A couple of links:

  • Worldbicyclist.com, my website. Route and equipment info mostly. So far I've been to 141 countries... I really need to update that list. :D

  • My Facebook, with thousand of pictures, or if you like to follow me.

  • My Twitter, in case you like tiny updates from on the road.

My Proof: Expertly drawn Snoo, my bike and me.

More than anything else, I love helping people do similar tours and projects. Nothing is more rewarding than getting a message half a year later, telling me "I did this awesome thing, thanks to your help." Its the best. So, hit me with all the questions you got. I'm here to stay till they are all answered. :)

Cheers, Patrick

Edit: Thank you /u/somerandomwordss for the private message titled "Fuck you and your shitty nomadic way of life". It's always great getting positive feedback.

Edit: I'm heading out to a theater event nearby, which lasts about 5 hours. Do not worry, I'll be back and answer everything that came up in the mean time. :)

Edit: And I'm back. Lets continue :)

Edit: Its been 12h now. I'll take a break. I'm back tomorrow, read through the thread and answer the most thoughtful questions, and everything by people that need help with their own trips. Thanks guys! Lets keep going. :D

Edit: Alright, sleep well guys! It was fun :)

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