Hey Paul! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Tell us a little bit about Kaizen Kinetics Int’l and your role there.
Kaizen Kinetics International (formerly North Guardian UAV Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Services Canada) is a UAV/Drone manufacturing and service company that offers real-time video and high-resolution aerial images on demand. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are the superior alternative to flying expensive traditional aircraft for aerial surveillance and rescue efforts. They provide images for aerial photography, exploration, disaster recovery, and a multitude of other uses. I am the Director of Operations, in charge of development of Unmanned Systems, manufacturing as well as head up UAS service operations.
My biggest failure in my career so far has to be having the fear of starting my business alone.
Where did you get your formal education, and what did you study? Do you feel your formal education helped you in starting this business?
I spent 9 years in the Australian military, 5 of which were tasked to a special operations unit with UAV capabilities where I was trained to be an operator. I also have 10 years of experience with remote control aircraft flying and building.
What advice would you give to others who want to get started flying drones (photography, etc.)?
My advice would be to take the time to learn the basics in a fun/hobby environment before jumping into the commercial world. This industry is filled with unique daily challenges that tests even the most experienced operators so don’t be afraid to take the time to learn the skills.
How would you define success? Do you think you’ve found it yet?
I define the word success as the finish line, a goal you have set which you have reached. Technology moves so quickly that we are always in an endless cycle of learning and growth. Are we doing well as a business? Absolutely, but we are not done here.
I see drones much as a cell phone and the Internet.
What would you consider to be the greatest failure in your career to date?
My biggest failure in my career so far has to be having the fear of starting my business alone. I didn’t want to be in the spotlight so I would send my business partner forward to represent our brand. It cost me time, and money and I would have been that much further ahead if I had just made the jump.
Where do you see drones and drone technology in the future?
I see drones much as a cell phone and the Internet. Drones will become a common everyday device that will aid humans in many different tasks across a vast amount of industries. Whether we like it or not, drones are here to stay and change our lives.
To what extent do you think drones can impact this world?
I think it’s important to first understand that drones are not the answer to anything, but a device to help everything. From delivering medicine, taking land surveys, aiding first responders, Search and Rescue, dam inspections – but it’s up to us to ensure we use them in a manner that impacts the world in a positive manner.
Listen to your clients and provide them the best possible solution.
Is there an aspect of drones at the moment that you’re particularly interested in?
I am fascinated by the collision avoidance drone movement. I think once we figure out a safe way to integrate commercial drones into airspace on a large scale it will boom the industry even more than it already has.
What was the best piece of advice ever given to you?
Don’t spend your time worrying about what your competition is doing. Listen to your clients and provide them the best possible solution.
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