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How to find a drone engineer as a startup CTO?

Is location important? What are best resources to vet through potential candidates. Universities? Linkedin?

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Steve Owens Entrepreneur • Advisor
Finish Line - A Better Way for Small Companies to Develop Products
I would suggest that you clarify your needs a little more - design, maintenance, flight systems, navigation systems, sensor systems. You also may want to think about what activities you will hire full time engineers, outsource to a company, or use temporary people. And there is always the idea of using other people's technology. Determining how to best develop a product in a startup (which is what I think you are really asking) is complex, and requires a lot of thought. We have several white papers on the subject on our website.
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Insitu is located in Bingen WA. I used to live across the river in Hood River OR. A local advertisement there might turn up interesting results. Got to meet some interesting people with real world experience with drone use and maintenance in the field. Have you tried the local Makerspaces? Our local mini-makerfaire had several drone enthusiasts. Some who seemed to have built very nice custom setups, more who'd just bought them. I thought the Fatshark FPV I'd added to a small quadcopter would be the most impressive 'drone' there, but there was a guy who was projecting up to the arena bigscreen. Letting people try the goggles as I flew it around them was a blast, and a much more personal experience for people. I think you might find radio issues more difficult than mechanical or electronic design. FPV flying beyond line of sight grows interesting fast. As does automated guidance by GPS only. Someone with Ham or commercial packet radio experience would likely be useful. --David
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When you find them let me know, I'm looking for the exact same guys ;)
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