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The Information’s Up-and-Comer of 2016: Frank Wang

Frank Wang and his Chinese firm, DJI, have won the first phase of the race to develop civilian drones—basically, selling cameras that fly. He’s now expanding into what could be a much bigger market, selling intelligent, autonomous flying machines for business use.

In the tech business world, Mr. Wang isn’t a household name like Jeff Bezos, who was named The Information’s person of 2016. But given DJI’s expected growth into a full-fledged global electronics maker for consumers and businesses, he was a relatively easy choice as our up-and-coming person of 2016.

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Next month at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, DJI officials (Mr. Wang generally doesn't like to do grand appearances) will unveil new products related to its software platform. The flying camera will get much smarter.

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