Craig Nehrkorn was an early member of DJI North America working in support of Colin Guinn, DJI China and their cooperative launch of the world’s first RTF hobby grade drone, the Phantom 1. This lead to an adventurous and educational string of experiences on product development, legal, regulatory, sales, marketing and financial fronts as everything accomplished in the UAV industry at the time was a first. The original three DJI product lines – the Phantom, Spreading Wings and Inspire Series – were developed, marketed and sold in large part by the original DJI North American team and became the baseline upon which nearly all subsequent UAV models across the industry were molded after and compared. DJI has continued to innovate and has since become an 18B business per the Wall Street Journal. As the legal and regulatory UAV environment in the United States matured, the industry began to pivot from the consumer to enterprise and government markets and Craig’s relationships evolved into enterprise partnerships with both DJI and 3D Robotics. Prior to DJI North America, Craig spent a few years working for Microsoft supporting their North American network of Value Added Resellers (VARs). His understanding and conviction in the enduring and mutually beneficial OEM – VAR business model embraced by Microsoft and other leading enterprise technology companies inspired Drone Dynamics to replicate such a structure. Craig has also been an early member of two other VC funded start-up technology companies out of the Austin Technology Incubator, eVapt and Agile Planet, serving in a business development capacity both times. Craig studied Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.