“Dedrone's unique approach to use existing sensors and a powerful machine learning platform empowers enterprise and federal customers to re-gain control of their airspace. I believe Joerg and the Dedrone team are positioned to lead, and it's an honor to be a part of their team.”
John Chambers is Executive Chairman of the Board. In this role, Chambers leads the Board of Directors and provides advice and counsel to the CEO and Cisco leadership on the company's strategy, digital transformation and strategic partnerships. As a working chairman, Chambers is focused on country digitization and building relationships with government and business leaders, shareholders, and board members. Over the course of 20 years at the helm of Cisco, he helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to $47 billion when he stepped down as CEO in 2015.
“Dedrone's drone detection capabilities are far superior to any other company we have seen in the market, and their incredible team has quickly established themselves as the leader in this fast-growing space. We were really impressed by the technology, team, customers and potential market for Dedrone; it's normal for us to get excited about just one or two of those factors but much rarer to find all in one company.”
Founded in 2006, Felicis Ventures is a boutique venture capital firm. Felicis invests in iconic companies reinventing core markets (Credit Karma, Adyen, Greenhouse), as well as those creating frontier technologies (Vicarious, Matterport, Pindrop Security). More than 60 Felicis portfolio companies have been acquired or gone public, including Fitbit (IPO), Shopify (IPO), Meraki (acquired by Cisco), Twitch (acquired by Amazon), and Dropcam (acquired by Google).
“Dedrone is building a true next-generation security platform for physical security. We are thrilled to be partner with Joerg Lamprecht and his capable management team on this journey.”
Menlo Ventures provides capital for multi-stage consumer and enterprise technology companies. Since 1976, the firm's market-driven analysis has led to the identification of opportunities and successful investments in innovative technology markets. Notable areas of investment have included mobile/mobile marketplaces (Siri, Uber, Machine Zone, Roku, Rover.com, Getaround, Munchery), social & ecommerce (Tumblr, Lumosity, Poshmark), Cloud (Carbonite, EdgeCast, Dropcam, Vidyo), storage & Big Data (3Par, Coraid, Tintri, Avere Systems), digital advertising (Flurry, YuMe, DataXu, Dstillery, eXelate), and security (Cavium, IronPort, nCircle, BitSight, vArmour). Menlo's portfolio includes more than 70 public companies and more than 100 mergers and acquisitions. Menlo Ventures has $4.65 billion under management and is currently investing Menlo Ventures XII, a $400 million fund with $15 million allocated to the Menlo Talent Fund for fast seed funding, and the Menlo Opportunity Fund, a $250 million fund that targets solely early growth investments.
Investor, Menlo Ventures
“As a pioneer, Dedrone has both a genuine technological advantage and strong sales force to expand its use.”
Dominic Orr is the President of Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. Together with Founder, Keerti Melkote, Dom co-leads HPE Aruba. Prior to Aruba merging with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dominic served as Aruba Network's Chairman of the Board and was named President and CEO in 2006. He joined Aruba from Nortel Networks where he was the President of the Intelligent Internet Business Unit. Before that, he served as the President and CEO of Alteon WebSystems. Earlier in his career, Dominic held several leadership positions. He earned a B.S. in Physics from City University of New York. Additionally, he holds a M.S. and PhD from the California Institute of Technology and was named a Distinguished Alumni in 2009.
“Not many startups succeed in realizing their business ideas as quickly and successfully as Dedrone.”
Selina Lo leads strategy and execution for Brocade's wireless networking products and solutions since May 2016 with the acquisition of Ruckus Wireless, where she was president and CEO since 2004 and took the company public in 2012. Before starting Ruckus, Selina built a number of successful computer networking startups. As vice president of marketing and product management at Alteon WebSystems (acquired by Nortel), she defined a completely new market for load-balancing Web switches. Before Alteon, she co-founded Centillion Networks, which developed the first token ring/Ethernet/ATM switch and was quickly acquired by Bay Networks. Born in Hong Kong, Selina received her B.A. in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
“Dedrone's big competitive advantage is its cloud architecture that pushes performance updates to customers so they keep up with constant changes in the drone landscape.”
Hans Robertson co-founded and was the Chief Operating Officer of Meraki. Meraki created the first cloud-managed enterprise networking products, including wireless, security, and switching systems. The business ultimately grew to over $100M in annual sales before Cisco purchased the company for $1.2B in 2012. Following the acquisition Robertson was a Vice President at Cisco and helped run Meraki as an independent division, with 2015 sales of approximately $1B. Prior to founding Meraki he was a product manager at EMC and was an early employee at VMware. Robertson began his career as a business analyst at McKinsey & Co. Robertson holds a bachelor's and master's degree in computer science from MIT.
“Dedrone has developed the right product at the right time for protecting this new security frontier.”
Tom Noonan is a General Partner at the early-stage venture capital firm TechOperators. He is the former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Internet Security Systems, Inc., which was acquired in 2007 by IBM. Tom Noonan was most recently CEO of JouleX, a TechOperators investment and a leading innovator in sustainable energy management systems for enterprise customers acquired by Cisco in late 2013.
“Any company is only as good as its founders and management team. Dedrone has one of the best I have encountered.”
Trevor Healy is a technology executive, board advisor and investor. He is a co-founder of Sansa Advisors, and Sansa Art. He was formerly Executive Chairman of Nexmo, a leading cloud communications company (Acquired by Vonage). Immediately, prior he was President of Sansa Security (Acquired by ARM). Trevor served as CEO of Amobee Inc. (Acquired by Singtel). He was CEO of Jajah (Acquired by Telefonica), and following was Chief Innovation Officer and a Board Director at Telefonica Europe PLC.
“Dedrone has an experienced, innovative founding team and considerable potential for global growth right from the very start.”
With €300 million under management, Target Partners is one of the leading early-stage venture capital firms in Germany. Target Partners invests in new startup and early-stage companies, and supports them with venture capital during their build-out and expansion phases. With many years of experience as managers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, the team at Target Partners supports entrepreneurs in developing and marketing products and services, building organizations, raising money and taking companies public in Europe and the United States.