I was having dinner in my hometown of Huntington, NY, with a woman who worked for me in the early part of the century. We were a bit estranged in real-life, with my having fired her and all. Employment situations aside, I always really liked her and was glad to have reconnected.
Of course she needed to tell me she had terminal cancer, which put a bit of damper on the evening, but she seemed in good enough spirits.
In my dream Huntington was a maze of twisty little streets, many of them one ways. When it came to leave, and I called an Uber, John Snow had a lot of trouble finding us. In fact, we had to walk to a mutually convenient spot that just to find him.
Should I Expect To Lose A Drone Every 3 Months Or So?
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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:
Day & 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