Today we’re announcing a milestone, raising a $20m Series B from investors we admire. This is a reflection of a lot of forces, the growing commercial adoption of drones, the strength of the team around us, but most of all it’s a reflection on our user-base.
DroneDeploy’s success has only been possible because of the global community of DroneDeploy users that have partnered with us to make drones productive. From the very beginning our north star has been to make drones productive and accessible tools for everyone, and you’ve taken that quite literally using drones as tools not just for the usual suspects, like agriculture and construction (our biggest verticals) but also to determine the health of coral reefs, investigate aircraft crashes, map crime scenes, monitor landfills and 100’s of innovative ways to use drones.
As co-founders we only take credit for defining DroneDeploy’s mission. You have told us how to deliver on our mission:
- You let us know that drones were too complex for business users to master, so we built automated flight with just two taps on Android and iOS.
- You said that processing images on your local computer made it slow to a crawl, so we built robust cloud-based processing infrastructure.
- You made it clear that analyzing data in the field was much more powerful than being chained to a desk, so we introduced the first integrated app for flying and analyzing data.
Your ongoing feedback has left, and continues to leave, an undeniable imprint on DroneDeploy. On good days it’s awesome, and on occasion where we falter we work twice as hard to not let you down.
Many companies talk about the importance of their user-base, but we can proudly say we live and breath it. From the very beginning we’ve had 3 top line metrics that our entire company is focused on delivering every single day. One of them is Net Promoter Score (NPS), which is based on a simple and telling question — “how likely are you [our users] to recommend DroneDeploy to a friend or colleague?” We take your feedback extremely seriously, and review it daily to ensure that we stay true to what we started — democratizing the skies for you.
It’s been an amazing 3 years, and the future for drones is as bright as ever. Our journey continues, and now we’ve filled up our gas tank to serve you better. Thank you for being our co-pilot.
Mike Winn, Nicholas Pilkington and Jono Millin
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