31 Days of Dreamers & Doers | Ean Garrett
Meet Ean Garrett. The owner or co-owner of 8 current start-up businesses, all revolving around commercial drone technology, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems.
"The most successful business to date is Infinite 8 Aeronautics: The Drone School. The Drone School is the subsidiary of Infinite 8 Aeronautics, a Drone R & D company. The Drone School is a career college whose primary demographic is African-American, ages 30-40. These are individuals who are switching careers and looking to gain an early foothold in the burgeoning industry. Our students receive the most advanced technologies in the field, such as the Jetson TX2 embedded supercomputer the size of a credit card for drones and self-driving cars. Our students learn prestigious and daughter after computer languages, such as C++, Python, and ROS. Most importantly our students become well acquainted with Artificial Intelligence, using the technology on autonomous drones, rovers and virtual reality simulations. Our students also undergo rigorous curriculum heavy in business development and commercialization. In summary, we are preparing our students to go into any organization, or create any organization and gain a competitive edge in age of automation."
What is your earliest memory of being involved in this business?
I remember playing with a remote controlled helicopter that was a Christmas Toy for my son in 2014. I saw how children reacted to the technology. A few months later I freaked my wife out when I bought a $1000 drone, the first-fully autonomous aerial vehicle, the IRIS+ by 3D Robotics. Let's just say she isn't freaked out as much these days.
EG: Infinite 8 Institute is a consulting company, primarily in the fields of Education and Social Innovation. We've worked with organizations from coast to coast, in many major cities across America, and we were searching for something to breathe life into our 400 year old educational system. We saw countries like China, Singapore and Finland beating out American children in reading, science and math. We explored many answers and began to explore technologies that were relevant to an advanced future workforce. One day, two brothers walked into an an after school program when we were training students Kindergarten through College. Students were organized into teams and were required to fly drones from one side of the room and land them on a table on the other side. After inviting them to partake, when it was their turn, I had never seen two people fight so hard for a chance to do anything. That was when I knew drones would be big and would change everything.
What about this lane makes you so passionate about it?
The fact that in this lane, you can make $150/hr without a 2 or 4-year degree, is the most satisfying. It doesn't make sense anymore to spend $100,000 and four-years of your life for a job where your friends and family think you have it great because you're making $50,000. This industry will change the trajectory of entire families, ending inter-generational poverty. The lane also has many off-ramps to parallel industries, such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Data & Analytics, Coding, Engineering, Virtual Reality, Physics, and others.
I get the most fulfillment from helping others discover how they can find a place in this new automated economy, running towards the change as opposed to burying their heads in the sand. I also enjoy the freedom of entrepreneurship, it's daily challenges and constant opportunities to create.
10 years ago my job didn't exist.
If you told me I'd be a FAA Certified Drone pilot, I would've asked, "what's a drone?". I also never saw myself starting a Career College, but I guess that's the fun part about life, you never know where it will take you. I think it is an ode to the fast-pace of rapidly advancing technology, further highlighting the need for such training to develop the American workforce of the future.
EG: I've learned that everything happens for the good. And so I wouldn't change a moment. My career highlight would have to be every single morning when I walk into work and get to do what I love for a living, helping people and helping advance human understanding of technology and how it can be used for good.
On any advice for future Dreamers & Doers:
I'd say don't listen to anyone who hasn't been where you are trying to go. Follow your heart and intuition and it will take you to great heights.