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Important Dates and Information

Virtual Platform Launch

Note: only registered attendees can access the virtual platform and virtual booth. 

September 28, 2020

Virtual Platform Coffee Talk

  • Zoom Link 
  • Meeting ID: 865 9877 2303
  • Passcode: 447699
  • Phone: +1 301 715 8592

October 1, 2020

1:00pm EST

XPONENTIAL 2021 Rebook

Rebook will take place during XPONENTIAL 2020. You will receive an email by Thursday, October 5 with your rebook time. This will be the time that you can log into the system and select your physical booth location for XPONENTIAL 2021 scheduled for Atlanta May 3-6.

October 7-8, 2020

Use our Promotional Toolkit to share your participation at XPONENTIAL and give your customers a discounted registration with code EXHOFFXPO20!

Running an Unmanned Systems Business in an Age of Hype and Inflated Expectations

  • Session Number:2021
Tuesday, October 06, 2020: 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Speaker(s)

Session Speaker
Abby Speicher
CEO and Founder
DARTdrones Flight School

Description

When the reality of a future commercial drone industry first flooded into the public imagination, the buzzworthiness of the technology and the potential use cases of drones drowned out much common business sense. Investors flushed drone startups with cash, thinking the industry would take off overnight. In this talk, Abby Speicher, CEO and Co-Founder of DARTdrones, outlines how some of the drone industry has been driven by unrealistic growth expectations, gives an insider perspective on running a smart business that outlasts the hype, and gives advice about how other drone entrepreneurs can sustainably grow their companies with an eye on long-term success. In August, Bloomberg published an article that rocked the drone industry and called out unsustainable business activities that led to the closure of several drone startups. The article, titled "Drone Bubble Bursts, Wiping Out Startups and Hammering VC Firms" chronicled the meteoric rise of drone startups and venture capital investments in the sector, but observed “there was some irrationality around drones, a period of hype driven by the popularity of the hobby sector.” Speicher's company is an exception to this pessimistic look at the industry. Speicher pitched her company on Shark Tank and has since seen the company grow into the nationwide leader in drone training — with 12,300+ pilots trained, 300+ public safety departments trained, 14.6 hours of interactive online training, and 148 hours of instructor-led training curriculum. With proper business planning, patience, and persistence, even when growth is slow and steady, drone entrepreneurs can develop their own services and make their mark on the industry.

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Job Role:
C-Level Executive,Business Development/Sales,Consultant,Management,Investment/Finance,Marketing/Communications,Student

Tags:
Air,Ground,Industry,Maritime,Education/Business



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