Where can young start-up companies go to find capital and clients to grow their business?
If you ask today’s guest, he would say Dream It. Bob Stasio is the Managing Director of Dreamit’s SecureTech. Dreamit Ventures is a fund focused on startups with early traction that are ready to scale. In the last 10 years, Dreamit Ventures has invested in nearly 300 startups now worth over $3B. The fund invests in HealthTech, UrbanTech and smart city technology. In 2018, Dreamit launched SecureTech targeting logical, social and physical security startups. Before joining Dreamit, Bob held multiple roles at IBM Security, leading efforts in Cyber Operations and Threat Hunting. Prior to IBM, Bob worked in the private sector, leading threat intelligence programs at Bloomberg and global financial firms. He also has deep government experience having held positions at NSA’s Cyber Center, U.S. Cyber Command, U.S. Army’s Signals Intelligence Corps, the FAA, and NASA.
Bob served as a U.S. Army officer and is a recipient of numerous military awards, including the Bronze Star and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. He serves on several advisory boards of multiple startups, holds various technical certifications and is highly regarded in the cybersecurity industry.
In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Bob talks about Dreamit’s SecureTech, it’s unique program to securing funding and clients and how drone start-ups can become part of the next cohort.
What can we learn about drones from experts in the energy field?
For that question, we turn to Kevin O’Donovan, a freelance Technology expert who has been evangelizing how new technologies can transform the way we do things through-out his career. He has held senior Technical Sales & Sales Management roles at Compaq, HP and most recently at Intel where he was Worldwide Sales Director for the Energy Industry.
He recently authored the Energy Industry Executive Roundtable Report for the Commercial UAV News.
As part of Commercial UAV Expo Europe, executives ftom European Energy companies gathered for a roundtable discussion to discuss challenges of using UAVs and to share their experiences with their utility industry colleagues.
In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Kevin talks about the roundtable, some of the key findings of the report and he shared some perspectives on the drone industry.
How does the petroleum industry use drones?
For that question, we turn to Suzanne Lemieux, Manager within the Midstream and Industry Operations unit of the American Petroleum Institute. Suzanne works with API staff and association members to advance policies and practices that enhance the security of oil and natural gas operations and personnel. Her primary areas of responsibility are emergency preparedness and response; security, rail, natural gas and maritime policy: energy infrastructure advocacy and stakeholder engagement. She is also API’s UAS Lead and works with more than 625 members and external stakeholders in formulating UAS policy. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Suzanne talks about the American Petroleum Institute, the organization’s top UAS priorities and need for safety first in deploying new technologies, like UAS systems.
Why isn’t the FAA moving faster on regulations that will advance the drone industry?
If you asked today’s guest, he might say that we need to look in an entirely different direction. Chris Korody is the founder of the Drone Business.center and provides strategy, research and content for the UAV, IoT and robotics industries. He has more than 45 years of marketing experience and has worked with some of the largest companies in the technology field, including Apple, BMW, Boeing, Cisco, Intel, Rockwell, Xerox and many others. Chris produces the weekly newsletter, Dronin’ On, which focuses on the global regulatory environment and is widely followed by senior managers in law firms, regulatory agencies and businesses around the world. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Chris talks about some of the current UAS legislative initiatives that will affect the drone industry, the respective roles of the FAA and Congress in passing bills and regulations and how operators can prepare themselves for what may occur in the next few years.
How are drones used in Archaeology?
For that question, we turn to Stefano Campana, one of Italy's most active and inventive professors, specializing in landscape archaeology, remote sensing and archaeological methodology for research, recording and conservation. His research is focused on the understanding of past landscapes from protohistory to the present day. Stefano's work is centered primarily in Tuscany but he has also participated in and led research in the UK, Spain, Turkey, Palestine, Iraq and Asia. He has written extensively on UAV use in archaeology with a particular focus on practical considerations, sensors and data processing. His writings stress the benefits of UAV systems, specifically their cost, accuracy and control of data capture. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Stefano talks about how drones are used in the field of archaeology, their strengths and limitations and what archaeologists should consider when planning to use drones in their research.
How can we make our skies safe from possible drone incursions?
If you ask today’s guest, he would say it all starts with Congress. Rob Thompson is the co-founder of the Counter UAS Coalition, an organization that advocates for public affairs and public policy for counter drone technology in Washington, D.C.. The coalition was formed to help industry stakeholders engage government in proactively forming sound public policy and bringing to the forefront the best in class counter UAS solutions. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Rob talks about the Counter UAS Coalition, why it was formed and how the organization works with manufacturers and Congress to changes laws to promote the use of effective counter drone measures.
Is there a way to spark interest in drones to girls at an early age?
Today’s guests believe they’ve found a way, and in doing so, they feel it might open future opportunities for women in the drone industry. Sharon Rossmark is founder and CEO of Women and Drones, the largest online platform for women in the UAS Industry. The platform enables women to connect, collaborate and make global business connections to grow their network. Wendy Erikson is an emmy award winning journalist and host of the popular Women and Drones podcast. Both are FAA certified Remote Pilots.
Recently, Women and Drone’s published two children’s books on drones. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Sharon and Wendy talk about Women and Drones, STEM Education and how their two books are encouraging young girls to look as drones for fun and perhaps later in life, pursue a career in the drone industry.
Are there questions that we should be asking?
If you ask today’s guest, he would say, “Hundreds”. Patrick Egan is the editor of the American Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition. Patrick experience in the field spans military and civilian UAS applications, he was the director of special programs for the Remote Control Aerial Photography Association and he is considered a subject matter expert on the UAS industry.
This is Part 2 of a 2-Part Interview with Patrick. In these two episodes of the Drone Radio Show, Patrick raises some questions about the drone industry, transparency, federal expenditures, priorities, special interests and who’s really advocating for small commercial drone operators.
Is there a simple way to reduce flight risks?
Today’s guests believe there is. Tomer Kashi, CEO and Ori Blumenthal, CTO are co-founders of Skywatch, a powerful data analytics platform that empowers drone operators and fleet managers to track their important safety metrics and reduce flight risks. Their platform leverages the power of machine learning to mitigate risk, which can lead to lower insurance rates for drone operators. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Tomer and Ori talk about the company, their new platform and app, and how machine learning can reduce the cost of insurance.
What is the Drone Integration Pilot Program and How Will It Advance the Use of Drones?
For that question, we go directly to the source. Earl Lawrence is Director of the UAS Integration Office at the FAA. Since 2015, he has led the FAA’s efforts to safely and effectively integrate UAS into the nation’s airspace. One of the programs that he oversees is the Drone Integration Pilot Program. Announced in October, the pilot program is a White House initiative that partners the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with local, state and tribal governments and private sector interests to safely explore the further integration of drone operations. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Earl talks about the objectives of the Drone Integration Pilot Program and the role that the 10 pilot communities will play in integrating drones into the national airspace.
How close are we to routine beyond visual line of sight flights?
For one company, it begins this year. Mark Nisbet is the North Dakota Principal Manager for Xcel Energy, a utility power company based in Minneapolis. The company provides power to millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. In April of 2018, Xcel Energy was granted authorization to fly drones beyond visual line of sight. It will be the first utility in the nation to routinely fly beyond the operator’s line of sight when it begins surveying transmission lines near Denver this year.
In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Mark talks about Xcel, its history of using drones and the plans for flying beyond visual line of sight. Joining Mark is Nick Flom, the Executive Director of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site and West Shover, UAS Sector Development Manager for the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation. Together, they talk about the partnerships in North Dakota that have made this possible and how it serves as a benchmark for the Industry moving forward.
What can we expect at this year’s Drone Focus 2018 in Fargo North Dakota?
That’s one of the questions that we will explore in this edition of the Drone Radio Show. Anthony Molzahn is co-founder of Project Phoenix, a Fargo based software company developing the world’s first universal business web service and toolset that every developer will use. At the 2017 Drone Focus conference in Fargo, Anthony announced the company was working on Aegis Flow, an aerial/drone pilot for-hire application. The function of Aegis Flow connects pilots to posted jobs from companies and individuals who will pay for images or videos of specific locations. The application will be revealed at this year’s Drone Focus event on May 3031. While preparing for the conference, Anthony was asked to be a member of the Host Committee and to lend his leadership in developing the content and speakers for the event. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Anthony talks about Aegis Flow and what makes it different from other drone marketplaces. We’ll also talk about Drone Focus and how Anthony went from an attendee at last year’s event to becoming a member of the 2018 Drone Focus Host Committee.
What might we see happening in the worldwide drone industry?
Fortunately, we don’t need a crystal ball, as today’s guest gives us some key insights. Jeremiah Karpowicz is the Execgives Editor for Commercial UAV News. He has created articles, videos, newsletters, ebooks and more for various communities as a contributor and editor. He is also the author of a number of industry specific reports that feature exclusive insights and information around how drones are being used in various markets. One of those reports is called the Commercial Drone Predictions for 2018, which makes 8 bold predictions for the North American and European drone markets. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Jeremiah shares insights into those predictions and updates on the plans for 2018 Commercial UAV Expos in Europe and the United States.
Is it really possible to build a UAV company around autonomy with current regulations?
Today's guest on the Drone Radio Show believes it is. Dor Abuahsira is the CEO and co-founder of Percepto, a technology company that brings together real-time machine vision and advanced AI capabilities to create fully autonomous and dynamic drones. The drones are capable of handling multiple missions, reacting to pre-set triggers, and optimizing operations all while reducing operational costs. Dor is an industry expert with over 10 years of experience and is committed to creating connected autonomous drones that are fully operational without human involvement. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Dor talks Percepto and its autonomous technology and how the company works with regulatory bodies to deliver autonomous solutions.
What do you need to know to make money shooting real estate?
Today’s guest is going clue us in on all the details. Josh Boughner is founder and CEO of SoldByAir, a drone services company that provides real estate drone photography nationwide. His company has created a suite of tools for running an aerial photography business. With hundreds of drone pilots in their user base, they are the largest aerial photography network focused entirely on real estate. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Josh talks about SoldbyAir, how drones are used in the real estate market, and what drone operators should expect if they want to make money shooting real estate.
Do you have an idea that could provide benefits to our military?
Then you’re going to be really excited to hear what today’s guest have to say. We’re going to be hearing from three individuals who are part of an innovative technology transfer program in Tampa, Florida. Under an agreement with the US Special Operations Command and the Doolittle Institute, Sofwerx was created to act an intermediary for collaborating with private industry, research labs and academic partners to develop new technol ogies. In short, Sofwerx is a portal by which the commercial UAS industry can quickly access and jointly develop applications and technologies to solve the most pressing needs of special operations.
Sofwerx is sponsoring a special program called, ThunderDrone, a series of rapid prototyping events that focus on different aspects of drone technology. Industry and academia have been invited to submit their best ideas to the special operations community.
In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Kelly Stratton-Feix, director of Acquisition Agility for the U.S. Special Operations Command. John Coglianese, ThunderDrone Lead at Sofwerx and Captain Barron Stone of the US Air Force and ThunderDrone Project Manager talk about Sofwerx, Thunderdrone and how collaborations like this can benefit the commercial drone industry.
What’s it take to build a drone based business in 2018?
If you asked today’s guest, he would say “Persistence, Flexibility and a lot of thinking outside the box”. Matthew Johnson is President of M3 Aerial Productions and an Instructor at Brandon University UAV Ground School in Canada. In 2015, Matthew launched his drone services company, and like a lot of new small drone based businesses, he struggled to establish his operation. But by continually to refine his business plan and menu of services, Matthew was able to transition the once part-time operation into a full-time, profitbable business. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Matthew talks about the challenges of creating a drone based business in today’s climate and how operators can achieve a positive cash flow by seeking multiple income streams.
Today we get a full blast of advice on starting a drone based business and understanding what makes large and small businesses successful in today’s industry. From past episodes of the Drone Radio Show, we'll hear from several experts, including Matt Dunleavy of SkySkopes, Guy Cherni of Atlas Dynamics, Eric Freeman of Alpha Unmanned Systems, Siggi Hendrichs of Notifleet, Chris Anderson of 3D Robotics, Abbey Spicher of DART Drones, Christine Spitine of Blueye Robotics, Steven Flynn of SkyTango, Michael Read of Skybase and Ken Hanes of UAS Pro Pilots. Some of the comments offer different points of view, while others reinforce similar concepts and experiences. Together, when presented in a single stream of consciousness, the lessons learned from these individuals is provides a quick resource of what to do to be successful.
That’s the question we pose to Brian Wynne, President and CEo of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. AAUVSI is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. It represents more than 7,000 members from more than 60 countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. Prior to joining AUVSI in January 2015, he was president and CEO of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA). In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Brian talks about mission of AUVSI and what commercial drone need to know to fly their drones legally and safely.
What goes into making a premier drone sports experience?
For that question, we turn to Sahand Barati, Vice-President of Business Development of DR1 Racing and Sean Krell, Technical Director for the same. DR1 Racing is the world leader in drone racing, combining top pilots and exhilarating outdoor locations into high-octane racing event series, produced and distributed on a global scale. Currently, DR1 Racing events are broadcast in over 100 countries and 300 markets around the world. With a roster of best-in-class broadcast media partners, brand sponsors and licensed product extensions, DR1 has established itself as the leading drone racing franchise in a rapidly growing market. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Sahand and Sean give us an overview of the league and provide insights into why the League is so popular.
Is there a right way to view whales and other marine life with a drone?
Today’s guest believes there is, and she’s making it her mission to spread the word. Alicia Amerson is a marine biologist, drone pilot and instructor, and marine conservation and policy consultant. She is also the founder of AliMoSphere, a start-up company dedicated to protecting our ocean heritage with science, partnerships and technology.
In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Alicia talks about efforts to educate pilots on how best to fly drones so as not to disturb or cause harm to natural wildlife. She also talks about the beneficial applications of drones in studying or collecting data on marine mammals. And she’ll talk about the highest cause of mortality for biologists in the field and how drones can reduce that risks.
Can A Drone Design A Better Pool?
Perhaps not just yet, but according to today's guest, they definitely speed up the process and save a lot of time and money. Jim Wolfe is a pool designer from Chesterfield, Missouri. His company, Azpoolz, is a premium pool and spa design concept studio. He designs hundreds of pools every year. In 2017, Jim began using a drone to streamline the process of creating 3D models of his pool designs. By contracting with on-line drone pilot platforms, like drones.io and upsonder.com, Jim was able to extend in drone design services nationwide. In this episode of he drone radio show, Jim talks about how he uses a drone to streamline his design services and how he was able to leverage drone services company’s to expand his business throughout the country.
For that question, we turn to Michael Read, founder of SkyBase.aero, a full, end-to-end drone services company in Christchurch, New Zealand. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science, an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence, is an associate member of the New Zeland Institute of Mangement and is an Upper Freeman in the Honorable Company of Air Pilots. He has extensive experience in aviation, start-up business expertise, testing and evaluation, a nd experience with Full Flight simulators. Michael will be speaking at the 2017 Commercial UAV Show in London on “What the skies will look like in 2050?” In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Mike will give us some insights into the future and what we might expect to see in the next 35 years.
What do you need to know before you fly your Recreational Drone?
To answer this question we look to an organization with a long-history with remote controlled aircraft. Chad Budreau is the Director of Public Affairs and Government Affairs for the Academy of Model Aeronautics. The AMA is the world's largest community-based organization of 200,000 UAS enthusiasts organized for the purpose of promotion, development, education, advancement, and safeguarding of modeling activities. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Chad talks about the AMA and its mission, what it means to fly responsibly and how the organization has responded to the growth of the consumer drone industry.
That’s the question that we explore in today’s show. Chris Anderson is the CEO of 3D Robotics, founder and chairman of the Linux Foundation's Dronecode Project, and founder of the DIY Drones and DIY Robocars communities. From 2001 through 2012, Chris was the Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine. Before Wired he was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong and New York. He has led 3DR from a start-up, to drone manufacturer and now to drone services company. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Chris talks about drones can be used in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction industry and how 3DR is positioning itself to serve this critical industry. He’ll also share some thoughts and perspectives on the drone industry itself.