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GoPro - Statistics & Facts

The success of the Go Pro action camera revolves largely around one man’s dream, the device’s inventor and current CEO of GoPro, Inc., Nick Woodman. In the late 1990s to early 2000s, Woodman, a California native and passionate surfer, came up with an idea for an affordable wrist-worn camera that would allow amateur users to take professional-looking action pictures, while giving them the freedom to ride waves. After having raised funds by selling beads out of his car and receiving a generous investment from his parents, the young inventor proceeded to launch the first GoPro camera, which used 35 mm film, in 2004.

Woodman started promoting his product, called the GoPro 35mm Hero, directly to tradeshows and surf shops on the West Coast. In 2006, as digital cameras were becoming more and more popular and their technology increasingly affordable, the company (then still known as Woodman Labs, Inc) launched its first Digital Hero, a camera capable of recording video as well. According to Forbes, the small company, which only had two other employees aside from Woodman, managed to raise the revenue of around 800 thousand U.S. dollars in 2006 and some 3.4 million U.S. dollars the following year. Since then, the company has grown rapidly and as of 2019 regularly reports total revenues of well over a billion U.S. dollars. The company has large business operations in both the Asia Pacific and EMEA regions, but its most prolific region in terms of sales is its home market in the Americas.

Having shipped more than four million action cameras in 2019, GoPro is the leader in the market. The company invests heavily into research and development as it strives to retain its leading position in the action camera market. Total action camera market revenue amounted to nearly 4.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2018 and is expected reach over 10 billion by 2026. The company additionally spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year on its sales and marketing budget in the hopes of increasing its share of the overall market.

Following the company’s initial success, GoPro has continued to release new editions of its line of HERO action camera devices. Newer versions include HD imaging, wireless internet access, image sensors, and increased internal memory. In addition to its capture devices, the company also manufactures a range of accessories enabling users to film in any conditions, such as chest harnesses and head straps, and from any surface, as mounts for helmets and handlebars. Furthermore, GoPro has developed two software applications: GoPro Studio, a video editing tool helping users to create videos from their GoPro footage, and the GoPro App, which enables users to remotely control their GoPro capture device using a smartphone or tablet.

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