The Future Is Now: Dan O’Toole of DRONEDEK On How Their Technological Innovation Will Shake Up The Tech Scene

An Interview With Fotis Georgiadis

Fotis Georgiadis
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Be deliberate: Like a lot of people, in my younger days, I might have gone down a few roads before giving my ideas the full thought and exploration they needed to succeed. I still like to act fast, but it’s like that old “twice measured, once cut” cliché: it’s good to do some solid thinking before leaping into just about anything, but especially a business idea.

As a part of our series about cutting edge technological breakthroughs, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dan O’Toole, DRONEDEK CEO/FOUNDER.

Dan O’Toole is a serial entrepreneur and business leader who is among the first in the United States to secure patents for a smart mailbox designed to securely accept packages delivered by drone.

DRONEDEK holds a First-Position Patent Portfolio for the next-generation mailbox of autonomous and drone delivery. Two issued US Utility Patents, two additional utility patents are under examination now and two PCT’s. In all 111 patent claims already awarded or filed for.

Dan is a Ball State University graduate and lives in Carmel, Ind. with his family. He is also CEO/Managing Broker at StrikerRealtyGroup.

Thank you so much for doing this with us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I’ve always been someone who is ready to take a risk because I’ve seen too many times when someone has a great idea, and they think about it. They ponder. They might talk to other people about it. Then, they get distracted and before they know it, someone else has taken that same idea to market. I really believe that any great idea you have is being conceived by at least 10 other people at the same time it occurs to you. So, I like to act on ideas I think have merit.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?

I’d have to say beating Amazon and the United States Postal Service by days in filing my patent for the DRONEDEK smart mailbox. I’ve been beaten before, so I intentionally worked fast and hard to get my idea to the patent office. It was awesome to see that I’d made it — and I’d gotten their faster than these massive organizations that have dozens of people who must be paid to do what I had done virtually on my own.

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