About Joshua

Dr. Joshua Riedy is the founder and CEO of Airtonomy. Joshua was born in Hettinger, ND and was raised on a ranch near Thunder Hawk, SD. He graduated from South Dakota State University with his bachelors of science. 


Joshua’s entrepreneurial journey first began in Fargo with the “support of a robust ecosystem and the support of Microsoft TechSpark.” 


About Airtonomy

“Airtonomy mines, stores, and maintains the data that digitizes our world’s critical infrastructure, which includes fuel, energy, wireless communications, and even the water we drink.” 


As a society, we are becoming increasingly dependent on critical infrastructure. “Airtonomy is the leader of enterprise-scale autonomous robotics for delivering precise inspection insights.”


As Joshua reflects on the highs and lows of his entrepreneurial journey, he states, “The high point of my entrepreneurial journey remains an audience with Microsoft TechSpark leadership, including Brad Smith.” This gave him the confidence to start Airtonomy. Joshua explains that the low point of his entrepreneurial journey is, and always will be, “unfair and unnecessary criticism leveraged against me and my company.” 


“There are always critics, as founders we must rise above in order to affect positive change.”


When asked how the community can support Joshua and Airtonomy, he states that the community should, “Advocate for those that lay it all on the line to change our world. Founding technology startups is not for the faint of heart.”

Readers can learn more about Joshua and Airtonomy by visiting their Website, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Tresa Wickenheiser

Tresa is the Marketing Intern for Emerging Prairie. She is currently a Communication Studies major and Marketing minor at MSUM. Tresa is passionate about connecting with others. She is looking forward to learning more about the community that EP is building through technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time at the lake, trying new coffee shops, and hanging out with family and friends.