Drones – Technology's New Wild, Wild West

Things move so fast in the tech space, that the only way to be able to keep up tomorrow is to get ahead today.

The commercial drones space is projected to become a multi-billion dollar industry over the next ten years. Business Insider Intelligence published a report in January, 2014 that predicts there will be $98.2 billion in total cumulative drone spending over the next 10 years, with$11.8 billion of that spending falling into in the commercial space.

Between now and 2024, there is (if you will excuse the pun) a lot of ground to cover. The issues surrounding the relationship of drones to personal privacy/security become more complicated by the day and the FAA is going to have their hands full trying to decide who owns the air.

Until the dust settles, the commercial drones industry is the new wild west of technology; there is a lot of money to be made, unclaimed territory to be mapped, and there are hardly any rules.

DRONELIFE is here to make sure you, the consumer, are up to date on all the latest drone news, product releases, YouTube videos and legal precedents so you can stay informed about the rise of the commercial drone.  DRONELIFE also helps companies to get the word out with branding, lead generation, and content.

Our Team:

Alan Phillips, CEO/Publisher

358212fAlan is a serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, Nurse.com, and Homeplete.com.

Alan has a rich publishing background.  At Ziff-Davis Publishing, Alan was EVP of ZDNet where he helped build and sell the technology publishing powerhouse. Have an interesting startup in the drone space? Please contact Alan at [email protected] or on LinkedIn.

Harry McNabb, Global Vice President Sales and Marketing

hbm profile pictureHarry McNabb is a principle at Spalding Barker Strategies.  Harry is working with DRONELIFE as VP of Sales and Marketing with responsibility for audience and business development. Harry holds a B.A. and an M.B.A. with concentrations in finance and marketing from Boston College. He has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing in industries including software (Lotus Development, IBM), real estate, and the arts.  Harry’s deep business experience and wide ranging contact base augment strong negotiation, research and analytical skills.

Spalding Barker is a consulting firm that helps firms to generate effective marketing and sales strategies, providing research, and execution plans to help sales and marketing teams.  They work with high tech, consumer product and service firms to increase market visibility, implement social media and online marketing programs, and develop effective sales and lead generation plans.  Harry can be reached at [email protected]

Frank Schroth, Editor-in-Chief

Frank has 20+ years defining, launching and maintaining information products and services. He has worked at ZDNet and Reed Business Information to establish their internet presence and worked with brands including PC Magazine, Computer Shopper, Variety, and Library Journal. AT ZD he built an editorial operations department that developed meta-tagging systems for advertising and information delivery, email broadcasting systems, and interactive services. He went on to co-found Where.com and MyTownMatters.

Frank has a lifelong fascination with emerging technology and media. You can reach him anytime at [email protected].

Miriam McNabb, CEO Jobsfordrones.com

Miriam has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing, working as the VP of Sales and Marketing for financial market technology companies and consulting firms, and in a variety of roles at larger technology firms like Advent Software.  She has a degree from the University of Chicago, and further education from BU and Harvard University in higher mathematics and business analysis.  An enthusiastic follower of new technologies and new ideas, Miriam is excited to be helping new drone entrepreneurs grow their businesses.  With drone providers worldwide,  Jobsfordrones is the world’s largest drone marketplace.  Miriam can be reached at [email protected].

Colin Snow, Contributing Analyst

20140718_ColinSnow_0024_1x1_WebColin Snow is CEO and Founder of Skylogic Research, LLC (aka Drone Analyst®), a research, content, and advisory services firm for the commercial drone industry. Colin is a 25-year technology industry veteran with a background in market research, enterprise software, electronics, digital imaging, and mobility. Colin has been a photographer and built remote control aircraft since high school. He combined his passion for photography and aeronautics in 1992 by practicing aerial photography from manned aircraft.

Miriam McNabb, Contributing Editor

 Miriam McNabb is a sales and marketing strategist at Spalding Barker Strategies and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones.  She writes for DRONELIFE on current news, financial trends, and FAA regulations.  Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies. She has worked in a variety of industries including finance, software, research, and non-profit.

Malek Murison, News Contributor

Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 8.55.21 AMMalek Murison is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for the latest trends in innovation. From his base in London he covers breaking news in technology, business, travel, and sport. He also works closely with several startups around the world – one of which introduced him to the world of drones – providing marketing guidance and online content. Follow him on Twitter @malekmurison, or visit his personal site at www.malekmurisonmedia.com.

Jason Reagan, News Contributor

Reagan_Jason_Fall2014_300Jason Reagan is a freelance journalist with 18 years of combined experience in communications, news, marketing and copywriting. For more than a decade, Jason served as editor for a variety of “hometown” newspapers and has also written for the Associated Press. As a self-proclaimed Tech Evangelist, Jason especially enjoys writing posts for DRONELIFE and a variety of other blogs including the future-oriented Serious Wonder and the transhumanist publication H+ Magazine. Currently, Jason contributes blogs weekly to DRONELIFE on such issues as UAV legislation, drone crowdfunding and emerging trends in the industry. Follow Jason on Twitter @jasonpreagan.


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