We value our members here at Shift Workspaces, and love getting to know them better. This month we sat down with Chris Fleming. His company, Cyberhawk is a leader in drone survey and inspection for the energy industry, helping clients assess the condition of their assets which allows them to make evidence-based decisions. Continue reading to learn about his unique experiences with the company.
What inspired you to start your own company and do what you do?
It was not my idea. In fact, two of my friends convinced me to join Cyberhawk and invest. At the time, I knew relatively little about drones and software, but it sounded exciting, so I jumped in headfirst. I quit my job, sold a property, and invested over $100,000 of my own money. To say I was naive is an understatement. However, once I had committed, I gave it 110 percent. Thankfully, I knew a bit about inspection, so my skills were useful, and I soon learned a lot about drones.
What about your business and/ or industry motivates you?
We are truly disrupting normally conservative industries. We are doing things that have never been done before, and that keeps us motivated and fresh. By using remote technologies like drones to inspect assets, we are undoubtedly keeping people safer, which is a great thing. I’m also motivated by the stories and memories that we create as we go on this journey. We have worked in over 35 countries, and we all have great stories to tell about the places we have been.
What is your business’s long-term goals?
We strive to continue growing, and we aim to become a global brand that helps energy companies digitize their assets.
Other than work, what are you passionate about?
I’m motivated by adventure and new experiences. I enjoy traveling, riding motorcycles, and doing things that give me a thrill. Two of my most memorable trips include riding motorcycles through South Africa and Morocco. I have tried dog sledding once and would love to do that again. I also learned how to fly a plane, skydive, and scuba dive!
What does your ideal weekend look like?
I would go to see U2 at Red Rocks on Friday night. Saturday morning, we would take a private jet up to the mountains, avoiding the traffic, go heliskiing with friends and family in fresh powder all day. As the sun starts to set, we would take the dogsleds to a remote deluxe cabin with magnificent views across the mountain tops and enjoy a fine meal with some karaoke. On Sunday, we would grab the snowmobiles, head out across a frozen lake to meet with the ice rally team, and drive like lunatics around the frozen lake. A fixed-wing plane would bring us back to town in the afternoon, and we skydive out the back. We land in a field where Fat Boy Slim is just starting his first set, and the crowd is starting to go wild.
How has coming to Shift Workspaces Littleton contributed to your growth and success?
It is new for us to have a space that allows us to get together in Denver. Most people were working remotely, so having a beautiful, collaborative space has helped the team gel and be inspired by such a remarkable space. We have an office in Edinburgh that is awe-inspiring, so I thought it was going to be tough to find something comparable in Denver. Despite my doubts, I think we have. The surroundings and aesthetics of the working space are important to me, and Shift delivers in every way. I love the delectable food, the welcoming staff, and the ambiance in general.
If you want to learn more about Chris Fleming and Cyberhawk, you can check out his website.