How Sakina Turabali of Sweden Co-Founded Skyqraft
Tell us about yourself and your background
I have a vast experience in sales and marketing and worked at the successful startup Truecaller, Launching the app globally. I now started Skyqraft with two others to smartly tackle the power line inspection industry by using drones and AI. Our goal is to protect the environment by using 0g emission per kilometer compared to helicopter inspections with at least an average of 600g CO2 emissions per kilometer on a rough calculation. I want to also help a large part of the earth’s population who does not have access to electricity, while global energy demand is expected to increase by 37 percent by 2040. By changing how inspections are done today, I want to ensure access to electricity for everyone without damaging our planet.
How did you get started in the drone industry?
A year ago, I googled as to how I can start my own company and came across Antler, A startup generator program. Once I joined the program I met my 2 wonderful co-founders, one of them has vast experience in flying drones. I realized how powerful drones are and how sustainable it is. We quickly formed a team and started a company to tackle the power line inspection industry with drones and AI.
Tell us about your organization and your role
Skyqraft provides smart infrastructure inspection by flying autonomous airplanes (drones) over power lines and inspecting them using machine learning to detect any threats to the power lines automatically.
I am the Co-founder and CMO of Skyqraft. As a co-founder my role in the company is quite broad. Here are some of my main responsibilities in the company:
- Manage the investors and the board
- Create the Vision that you want for your Customers
- Recruit and retain the best talent
- Build & lead the team
- Ensure that the product road map is in alignment with my startup’s vision
- Create & keep a close eye on your KPIs
- Develop & maintain the business plan
- Developing and maintaining the financial plan product development/ innovations sales
What do you like most about being in the drone industry?
Over the past few years, drones have become central to the functions of various businesses and governmental organizations and have managed to pierce through areas where certain industries were either stagnant or lagging behind. From quick deliveries at rush hour to scanning an unreachable military base, drones are proving to be extremely beneficial in places where man cannot reach or is unable to perform in a timely and efficient manner.
What excites you most about the potential for women in the drone industry?
Starting a company that is not a typical female startup, flying drone over power lines and inspecting them is known as a more masculine company.
What have you learned you wish you had known when you got started?
Knowing just to fly drones is not enough, you need to fly drones safely and think about others and the environment.