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Opener

Meet Opener's very own easy-to-operate, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) vehicle, Blackfly

With a showroom underway, potential users can get a look and feel of this product with a designed oculus.
This specialized team of developers and engineers built an in-house simulation to run through all types of conditions.
"In unregulated spaces, anyone can fly. There's no age limit and no pilot license is needed."
"In unregulated spaces, anyone can fly. There's no age limit and no pilot license is needed."
With a showroom underway, potential users can get a look and feel of this product with a designed oculus.
This specialized team of developers and engineers built an in-house simulation to run through all types of conditions.
Kristina Menton
CEO
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Number of full time employees
What % of your company is remote vs in-person?
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Number of Patent Applications
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What % of your company is remote vs in-person?
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Questionnaire
How do you start your day?
Water + Run
Coffee or tea?
The smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the world's greatest inventions!
What did you have for breakfast?
What is your greatest extravagance?
When and where were/are you happiest?
I am happiest when I am working with a strong, diverse and engaged team to solve complex problems without clear solutions. Whether this is designing and executing experimental test plans to validate a functional requirement or strategizing about the customer experience of flying a BlackFly through all different types of flights and environments to inform the flight controls and cockpit ergonomics. I’m happiest when a team is laying out assumptions, debating ideas and applying the scientific method to lay out the next move. Then the best part is learning from that move to make the next step, test plan or pivot to a whole new idea entirely.
What is your superpower?
Multitasking and positivity.
What do you consider your greatest achievement
My team’s greatest achievements (to date!) are parachute testing and being the first public demonstration of human flown eVTOL flight at the world’s largest airshow. There are many complex variables, procedures and risks to consider when designing a parachute system and test plan. Watching the parachute deploy and the aircraft safely come to the ground each time has been a huge achievement for the whole team. Flying BlackFly with 6 different operators (non-pilots!) at the world’s largest airshow, Oshkosh EAA Airventure is also a noteworthy and incredibly great achievement. I can’t wait to see what we do next.
What superpower would you most like to have?
What is your greatest fear?
What was your first job?
What’s a life or business lesson you wish you’d learned earlier?
If you want to be the best in the world at something, you have to learn from your mistakes, get comfortable being uncomfortable and keep going when others give up.
Who has had the most significant impact on who you are today?
Professionally: Marcus Leng & Celia Oakley. Personally: My parents Colleen & Jerome Menton.
If your startup were a movie what would it be called?
Undisclosed
What [book / article / blog / podcast / person] has had the biggest impact on how you run your company?
There are too many to list
What is different about the world in 10 years because of what General Fusion has accomplished?
eVTOLs will be ubiquitous and solving challenges for everyday people.
What new technology do you believe will have the biggest impact on society in the next 20 years?
Obviously, eVTOLs!
What company do you wish you could get unrestricted access to?
The company that invents the next generation of high cycle, high discharge, and sustainable batteries.
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With a showroom underway, potential users can get a look and feel of this product with a designed oculus.
This specialized team of developers and engineers built an in-house simulation to run through all types of conditions.
"In unregulated spaces, anyone can fly. There's no age limit and no pilot license is needed."
Questionnaire
How do you start your day?
Water + Run
Coffee or tea?
The smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the world's greatest inventions!
What did you have for breakfast?
What is your greatest extravagance?
When and where were/are you happiest?
I am happiest when I am working with a strong, diverse and engaged team to solve complex problems without clear solutions. Whether this is designing and executing experimental test plans to validate a functional requirement or strategizing about the customer experience of flying a BlackFly through all different types of flights and environments to inform the flight controls and cockpit ergonomics. I’m happiest when a team is laying out assumptions, debating ideas and applying the scientific method to lay out the next move. Then the best part is learning from that move to make the next step, test plan or pivot to a whole new idea entirely.
What is your superpower?
Multitasking and positivity.
What do you consider your greatest achievement
My team’s greatest achievements (to date!) are parachute testing and being the first public demonstration of human flown eVTOL flight at the world’s largest airshow. There are many complex variables, procedures and risks to consider when designing a parachute system and test plan. Watching the parachute deploy and the aircraft safely come to the ground each time has been a huge achievement for the whole team. Flying BlackFly with 6 different operators (non-pilots!) at the world’s largest airshow, Oshkosh EAA Airventure is also a noteworthy and incredibly great achievement. I can’t wait to see what we do next.
What superpower would you most like to have?
What is your greatest fear?
What was your first job?
What’s a life or business lesson you wish you’d learned earlier?
If you want to be the best in the world at something, you have to learn from your mistakes, get comfortable being uncomfortable and keep going when others give up.
Who has had the most significant impact on who you are today?
Professionally: Marcus Leng & Celia Oakley. Personally: My parents Colleen & Jerome Menton.
If your startup were a movie what would it be called?
Undisclosed
What [book / article / blog / podcast / person] has had the biggest impact on how you run your company?
There are too many to list
What is different about the world in 10 years because of what General Fusion has accomplished?
eVTOLs will be ubiquitous and solving challenges for everyday people.
What new technology do you believe will have the biggest impact on society in the next 20 years?
Obviously, eVTOLs!
What company do you wish you could get unrestricted access to?
The company that invents the next generation of high cycle, high discharge, and sustainable batteries.

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