Where will the next generation of drone apps come from? If you asked that question of today’s guest, he’d say, Barcelona, Spain.. Manav Gupta is serial entrepreneur based in Hong Kong, China. He is founder and CEO of Brinc, an ultra hands-on accelerator offering a comprehensive program to very early stage start-up companies and nurturing them to business launch. On this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Manav talks about Brinc’s newest venture – the Reimagine Drone Accelerator, a dedicated drone services incubator in Barcelona. The program will provide startups with financial and technical support to develop new and disruptive drone-based technologies. Brinc and their European partner, Incubio, are looking for passionate founders who are creating a new generation of services and applications for the commercial drone industry.
What are some of the current legal issues facing drone operators today?
That is the central question posed to today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show. Steve Hogan is an attorney at Ausley & McMullen, focusing on commercial drone law since 2012. The firm specializes in assisting clients in obtaining waivers for drone operations. Steve is the host of Drone Law Today, a weekly podcast that addresses current developments and future trends in "drone law." He is the also author of The Drone Revolution: How Robotic Aviation Will Change the World. On this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Steve talks about current legal issues in the drone industry, why some operators may not want to toss out their Section 333 exemption, privacy and air space concerns, and state and local regulations.
What does 2017 hold for the sport of drone racing? Bron Heussenstamm is a former professional surfer and President of the Beaar Company, a Los Angeles public relations firm that creates long-term strategies that maximize the positive awareness and beneficial relationships for their clients. Bron has more than 20 years in the public relations and branding industry. In this episode, Bron talks about the interest in drone racing, the rise of public relations in sector, 2016 as the landmark year in drone sports and the exciting future of drone sports entertainment.
How are companies responding to the rise of the drone industry?
We explore this question on this edition of the Drone Radio Show by hearing how one company’s response to drone users led to new market opportunities. Austen Butler is an avid snowboarder, graduate from Sierra Nevada College with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Vice President and co-founder of Polar Pro Filters in Newport Beach, Califorinia.
Polar Pro specializes in manufacturing accessories for cameras. Originally targeting GoPro camera users, in the past couple of years, the company has successfully pivoted to providing filters and accessories to drone operators. On this edition, Austen share;s the story behind Polar Pro, how it got it started, its successful line of products and how the rise of consumer and commercial drones propelled the company into new markets.
What’s the next generation of UAV solutions look like?
That’s one of the questions we’ll be exploring on this edition of the Drone Radio Show.
Eric Freeman is CEO of Alpha Unmanned Systems, a Madrid-based manufacturer of the Sniper UAV, a small unmanned gasoline-powered helicopter with 2 hours of flight time. The company has clients throughout Europe and others parts of the world and was first company to have a helicopter UAV certified to fly in Israel. On this edition, Eric talks about Alpha Unmanned Systems, the Sniper UAV, the company’s approach to meet user’s needs and some of the trends shaping the industry. We’ll also get a glimpse of the European market for UAVs and services.