We had the good fortune of connecting with Darryl Anunciado and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Darryl, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I never planned to start my business. I found it by accident. I created something that was not meant to be a product but as some sort of hobby. Posting my hobby on Youtube and Facebook sparked interest from random people who saw what I was doing with autonomous flying robots. My conversations with people trying to help them build their own aircraft paved way to people offering to buy the things I have built. This is how the company started.
What should our readers know about your business?
So to give you a brief history or background about our company, action drone is a Aerospace company born out of a hobby. It started in my room selling drone kits to other hobbyists that wanted to create a drone for themselves. A few years later our company started building drones for industrial companies. Like many startups, our company started building drones in my spare bedroom and slowly grew to a point where we are now building drones globally. But what I’m really most proud of is our ability to sustain ourselves and grow slowly, but steadily. The company didn’t grow to where it is now by my own effort. I had a lot of help from the Action Drone team. With my wife at my side, it was a lot easier to focus on building the drone company up because she was very supportive. She also gave me access to her marketing company giving us professional websites and marketing materials. A few months later my brothers, family and friends joined me to help grow the company. Many of us had to learn new roles and new technology to continuously grow the company. Growing the business came with different challenges. One of these challenges are barriers to entry. In the aviation world, most of these barriers to entry usually have to deal with large sums of money. For us to overcome these barriers we had to create new solutions and new ideas that would destroy these barriers without having to spend enormous amounts of money. To do so we had to create new technology that is as creative as other technological solutions that cost millions of dollars to develop but with a 1 dollar mindset. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way, is to not rush and not be hasty with business decisions. Patience has been our best ally. Not rushing into business decisions gave us the edge to minimize our risk and maximize our returns. Although our company is small we have now reached our customers globally. We want the people to know that we are building this company not only to maximize monetary growth but to help people around the world find jobs or create jobs using the technology that we are building here in San Diego. We hope that we will decrease the barrier to use this technology so that people who normally would not have access to this technology be able to use it to increase their economic and financial stability.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
So if my best friend was visiting the area and I wanted to show them the best time ever, definitely there’s tons and tons of things to do, not only in San Diego but basically in Southern California. Luckily I do have my pilot’s license so I’m able to give them some of the best sight seeing you can do in San Diego. So the first thing I would do is probably give them an aerial tour of San Diego and fly around the bay, go through La Jolla and then just show them the beautiful sunsets, mountains, vineyards, beaches, that we have here. The next thing I would do is actually drive to locations like the wineries in Temecula or in Ramona and have some wine and food. The last thing I would do is probably take them across the border and let them taste some of the best tacos in the world.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My late father who always encouraged me to pursue whatever adventures I’d like to take. To my wife who has always been there for me and made Action Drone where it is today. Her marketing ability gave us a global audience that helped grow our company. To my brothers, the Action Drone team, friends and other family members who have been supporting us from day one with their time and money! Thank you for letting helping us grow to what Action Drone is today!
Photo by: Sherdellah Anunciado