My Drone is in San Francisco Bay

Should I Expect To Lose A Drone Every 3 Months Or So?

Where I think my Drone is

At the end of the red arrow, under about 15 feet of water, is the new resting place for my drone. (From Apple Maps)

My drone is sitting at the bottom of San Francisco Bay. For reasons unknown to me or DJI, it entered “come home” mode while about 400 feet in the air, taking some great shots of San Francisco as the sun was coming up. As I wrote on Facebook: “Fuck!”

While flying the drone over Dreamforce a few days earlier, it entered “come home” mode unexpectedly, but I chalked that up to all the Wifi signals around the Moscone Center. Or maybe the fog. And then when I flew it over North Beach the day before it went into the Bay, all seemed good:

On this day, I got up extra early to catch the early morning sun and to fly the drone before starting work. I think the views were pretty good. I went down to the Ferry building, and flew out over the San Francisco Bay looking back at downtown, and should have been something like this:

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San Francisco from the Bay. (from Apple Maps)

What Am I Doing?

I’ve been back and forth with a diver about recovering the drone. It’s not too far out into the Bay, and because I watched it descend into the water as it was just a bit too far away… I think I know exactly where it is. I really want the SD card that shows the emergence into the water. Right? But I don’t have any hope for the drone to fly again.

Just got off the phone with DJI support, and I must say these guys rock. They need me to fill out a form describing exactly what happened, and the phone rep couldn’t tell me exactly what would happen next, but he said in these situations DJI takes care of it’s customers. He was very empathetic and reassuring.

Stay tuned for updates on the drone recovery and resolution of the issue with DJI.

Drone Flying at Dreamforce 2014

Dreamforce, San Francisco and Drones. What could be better?

My official purpose of being out here is to get feedback and engagement about the product my new, and still somewhat stealthy company is working on. And you know what? The feedback has been awesome. It’s extremely gratifying.

I’ve had two moments when I was able to sneak away and get the drone flying in the air to take some arial shots of the 100,000 crowded into SOMA for Dreamforce.

At Dreamforce, looking down on Howard Street

At Dreamforce, looking down on Howard Street

First flight went great, but the second flight, I guess I was a bit too ambitious and flew the drone up into the fog of San Francisco.

The Fog of Dreamforce

The Fog of Dreamforce

This then broke the connection with my remote controller and the drone – while the drone was at about 400 feet! Luckily the drone has a ‘return to home‘ mode, so it flew back to me and auto-landed in a crowd of about 100 people. I was really worried it would hit someone, or cause damage, but it didn’t. Whew!

I’m not going to fly it today — too many people to meet with — perhaps tomorrow again.

Come Hear My Talk at Dreamforce 2014

CRM Adoption Doesn't Matter

My talk at Dreamforce 2014: Why CRM Adoption Doesn’t Matter.

Despite rumors to the contrary, I’m not going to be flying my drone every minute at Dreamforce. I have some other fun activities planned as well, such as giving a talk entitled “CRM Adoption Doesn’t Matter.”

With all due respect to my former colleagues Matt Johnson,Carlos Montejo and Jim Holst, I think there has been too much emphasis on adoption of CRM systems like salesforce.com. I think we’re losing the thread of what really matters, and that’s what I’m addressing in my talk.

For those of you who were thinking about bringing small children to the talk, please don’t. Even though I am going to be featuring a slide like this

Having trouble with CRM adoption? We feel your pain. Come to the Dark Side and learn why it isn't important.

Having trouble with CRM adoption? We feel your pain. Come to the Dark Side and learn why it isn’t important.

my talk isn’t going to be “G” rated. You see when I get passionate about a topic, there is no holding back.

Here are the details for my talk:

MarioDay & Time: Tuesday the 14th at 11:30am PST

Location: Moscone West Hall Room WRM5

Qualification: To attend you must posses an InsideSales.com “Golden Ticket” which can be obtained from their booths (N1200 or W621)

Slides Featuring Super Mario: Only two this year.

Virtual Option: If you’re not in town for Dreamforce this year, you can also watch the live streaming of my talk. Details here.

If you’re trying to find me at Dreamforce this year, send me a tweet: @adamhonig

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I’ll Be Flying My Drone over Dreamforce 2014

Drone at Dreamforce 2014

My prediction is that Drones and drone giveaways will be big at Dreamforce 2014 this year. I’ll be there with my DJI Phantom Vision 2+ flying over the Moscone Center, taking video and photos. Hopefully not crashing it into anything. I can’t say the photos will be more exciting than when I flew the drone over the Roman Coliseum, but it should be very interesting.

Meanwhile, I’m starting to see a trend of people giving away drones at Dreamforce:

  • I just got an email from the guys over at Tacticle that they’re giving away a Phantom 2 Vision+ Quadcopter to one lucky winner at their booth.
  • My friends at InsideSales.com are giving away a drone to every sales manager who comes buy and gets a demo of their product. Very cool, Ken. It’s not likely to be the top of the line on that Tactile is handing out, but what the heck.
  • Salesforce themselves are giving away 10 drones at the Salesforce1 platform keynote Wednesday, Oct. 15 at2:00pm in Moscone South.
  • Twitter is going to be giving away a drone to “the best hack project incorporating Twitter”.

And I will absolutely be not featuring DroneForce(TM) as part of the extravaganza:

DroneForce, the revolutionary new way to deliver leads to your sales team. from adamhonig on Vimeo.

So Much for the Lunar Eclipse

I got the drone out of it’s bed early this morning to fly about 1,000 feet over Boston to get a good look at the lunar eclipse. Unfortunately the cloud cover was pretty intense, so I couldn’t see anything particularly spectacular. I guess you’ll have to go here to see that.

Nonetheless some interesting shots of Boston in the early morning.

Boston pre-dawn

Boston pre-dawn

Boston at dawn with too many clouds

Boston at dawn with too many clouds

Looking West from Jamaica Plain

Looking West from Jamaica Plain

Drone Photos taken from Jamaica Pond and Brookline Village

You're seeing Boston University, the Charles River, Longwood Medical area and downtown Boston.

You’re seeing Boston University, the Charles River, Longwood Medical area and downtown Boston.

Slightly different angle but still seeing Boston University, the Charles River, Longwood Medical area and downtown Boston.

Slightly different angle but still seeing Boston University, the Charles River, Longwood Medical area and downtown Boston.

Brookline Village from the air

Brookline Village from the air

Me flying the drone (with kids)

Me flying the drone (with kids)

A Like Button For Email

Put Some Cool in Your Email

We all get more emails every day than we can respond to. Even if you just want to acknowledge an email, it’s a pain in the behind. You want the people who sent you the email to feel listened to, but frankly you don’t want to spend the time writing some pithy response.

That’s where our new tool Putsomecoolinyouremail (pronounced “put some cool in your email”) comes into play. (You can download it here from the Chrome Web Store.)

Here’s what I wrote on the product website:

1. Your friend from California sends you an email with an important update about what’s going on. You don’t have time to write a full response at this moment. No problem, just hit “cool”.

2. Your girlfriend sends you an email with a picture. Perhaps it’s the 10th today, so instead of putting together a lengthy reply, just hit “like”.

3. Milton from your office sends you another lame link about staplers, how he’s being mistreated, and he’s copied like 15 people on the email. Don’t call him an idiot, just hit “whatever”.

You quickly respond letting them know that you got their email… and they get a quick note back from you acknowledging their email!

For those of you wondering what my new stealth mode software company is all about — it’s not this. This is a bit of a fun side project inspired by this video:

Hopefully I’ll see you responding ‘cool’ to an email of mine soon!