DroneDeploy announced the addition of two new senior executives to the team. Scott Lumish, who previously held business development and OEM sales responsibilities at Intacct, NetSuite and Cobalt Networks, will help navigate DroneDeploy’s booming business growth as Vice President of Business Development. Eric Hauser, former VP of Engineering for Salesforce.com’s IoT Cloud, brings 10 years of engineering leadership as DroneDeploy’s new Vice President of Engineering.
DroneDeploy boasts 10,000+ users across 135 countries, who have mapped more than 8 million acres – an area larger than the country of Belgium. The company hopes that the strategic new hires will help accelerate DroneDeploy’s momentum by opening up new R&D and partnership channels.
“We’re humbled to welcome the extensive expertise both Scott and Eric bring to our growing team,” Mike Winn, CEO and co-founder of DroneDeploy said. “To attract this level of talent is truly a testament to the success of the DroneDeploy team, a confirmation of the growth of our company, and a recognition of our leadership in the commercial drone software industry.”
Lumish brings with him 30 years of business development experience to DroneDeploy. He was previously Vice President of Worldwide Business Development for the ERP software giant, NetSuite, working through its IPO in 2007.
“I did a great deal of diligence researching the drone market after DroneDeploy offered me this opportunity,” Lumish said of his decision process to join the company. “After speaking with VCs and firms such as Accenture, Deloitte and Capgemini, I concluded the value provided by aerial data is the driver that will make this market boom real. DroneDeploy is paving the way, turning drone data into actionable insights. That’s why this company resonated so much with me — I was able to clearly connect my past experiences leading data-oriented organizations in core system of records, to DroneDeploy, which handles real-time, on-site aerial data.”
Hauser, who previously played a part in ExactTarget’s IPO and acquisition by Salesforce.com, was most recently a VP of Engineering at Salesforce.com responsible for building its IoT Cloud. Hauser will be responsible for focusing the the fast-growing startup’s engineering team to address the specific needs of enterprise customers.
“As I learned more about the commercial drone industry, the company, and the people behind it, it didn’t take much to see the amazing potential,” Hauser said. “The team here is phenomenal and they are incredibly passionate about what they do. The engineering team comes from a diverse set of backgrounds, including some former NASA engineers and computer vision PhDs, and they all care immensely about drones and drone technology. I’m very excited to be leading them and helping to grow the company.”
DroneDeploy has also introduced a partnership with drone manufacturer Aeryon Labs Inc. to deliver integrated drone solutions to end-users and service providers in the commercial market. As an initial joint offering, Aeryon will
make a new bundled hardware and software solution available today to commercial operators, and be the first drone manufacturer to resell subscriptions to DroneDeploy’s industry-leading cloud-based photogrammetry and analytics platform.
The new solution enables operators to capture imagery using the Aeryon SkyRanger sUAS and process it into unlimited interactive maps and 3D models on the DroneDeploy platform. Industrial users will be able to easily share maps across multiple users, devices and locations to collaborate and utilize the aerial data and leverage the analysis tools developed by industry experts available within the DroneDeploy App Market.
Aeryon also plans to integrate DroneDeploy services with the AeryonLive platform for seamless media management, processing, and aircraft fleet management. The combined solution will provide a single sign-on experience with a complete and integrated workflow for all aspects of commercial drone operations.
“The DroneDeploy platform complements the capabilities of AeryonLive and the Aeryon SkyRanger sUAS,” said Dave Kroetsch, President & CEO of Aeryon Labs, “This partnership enables us to provide the ideal end-to-end solution for Enterprise UAS operations, without compromising aircraft performance, application security, compliance or record keeping.”
Mike Winn, CEO of DroneDeploy said, “We are excited to partner with Aeryon in developing and delivering an Enterprise-grade combination of drone hardware and software to market. Aeryon is welcomed into our market-leading ecosystem of partners, who together provide a fully integrated solution that spans compliance, data processing and management, and sophisticated machine learning tools.”
All current SkyRanger operators that purchase annual subscriptions of DroneDeploy Business before March 31, 2017 will receive a 25% discount from Aeryon.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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