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.

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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.