GoPro Widens the View of Its Customer Base

Teachers and scientists are now using the tiny video cameras
The U.S. Department of Defense is outfitting drones with GoPro cameras Photo Illustration by 731; Photograph by Stocktrek/Getty Images

Nicholas Woodman, the founder of the company that makes GoPro video cameras, often gets asked whether selling tiny, rugged cameras so surfers, skiers, and skydivers can record their exploits is just a niche business. “It’s becoming the norm to document more and more of our lives,” Woodman says. “If this is a niche, it’s a very big one.” So big, in fact, that he says his company, San Mateo (Calif.)-based Woodman Labs, will soon have the option of going public.

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