Charles Grimm, 56, is president of Outdoor Robotics, a small company in New Smyrna Beach. Last week, he attended the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International convention in Orlando. He took a break at the event, billed as the world’s largest, and spoke with Orlando Sentinel writer Kevin Spear about competing in the industry of drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs.
CFB: How did you get involved in drones?
We started a software company and got involved in Internet marketing, and it was a natural, technology add-on from a media standpoint. We’ve done different types of video for companies that want to create awareness. It was a technology that would extend our reach for people that wanted something a little different. They wanted something they had to pay a chunk of money for previously to shoot video of their buildings or their business. It was a light touch into expanding our business model and we didn’t think initially we would go as far as we did.
Alan is 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, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com