Daily Markup #26: Here’s what 1,000 hours of drone flights is like

Around the world.

Good airtime

  • 500-backed Aerodyne’s drones clocked in some serious mileage recently.
  • The company said it has completed over 1,000 hours of drone flight in one month of assisting the Malaysian government in enforcing the Movement Control Order (MCO).
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  • At an average speed of 40km/hr, the teams have covered over 40,000 kilometres, that’s the equivalent to flying around the earth’s circumference, according to founder and chief executive officer, Kamarul A Muhamed.
  • Along with two other drone companies, Aerodyne was listed to help the Malaysian government with surveillance and data tracking during the second phase of the MCO last month. A total of 92 drones were deployed, 54 of which were Aerodyne’s.

In da club

  • The entrepreneurial journey is challenging. However, it doesn’t have to be a lonely experience. Patrick Searle of 500-backed GetCraft believes there’s a wealth of untapped knowledge and learnings among founders ready to be shared on a broader platform. As such, he launched Super Founders Club.
  • The goal is simple. In his own words, “…build a community of founders & operators, who can share learnings & insights with each other.”
  • By joining the club, you’ll receive weekly content comprising of a podcast, community thread and a management playbook article.
  • Best part? Absolutely free to join. More details here.

Scheduler for the #remotelife

  • For now, remote life is real life. But working away from the office is a challenging dynamic that requires discipline to do right.
  • 500-backed Novocall has launched a timely feature fitting teams recently migrated to a WFH environment — an online meeting scheduler called TimeSync that provides seamless integration with common business calendars and customizable meeting links.
  • What’s intriguing is that TimeSync is intuitive enough to qualify and disqualify your prospects before a meeting through pre-set questions to ensure that your time is spent on converting leads.
  • TimeSync is free to sign up, with a “Pro” package priced at US$5 per month. More details here.

Social distancing in pictures

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  • Social distancing is one of the most effective ways of slowing the Covid-19 spread.
  • Around the world, people are denoting social distancing protocols by thinking outside the box (pun intended).
  • Here are some examples:
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  • It’s interesting to see how the world is using creative flair to convey their social distancing messages. Granted, in these times, any sort of artistic outlet is good for the soul.
  • View the full pictorial on Quartz.

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