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About Up Sonder

Up is a peer-to-peer drone rental marketplace and Sonder is the bee that makes it possible.

Up Sonder is a marketplace for drones, where drone Providers can earn extra money from renting out their drone and/or service. Commercial industries and the general public nationwide can conveniently search for drone rentals and drone services from Providers in their area on the Up Sonder marketplace, all at an affordable price with seamless delivery options through UberRUSH and Postmates.

With Up Sonder, individuals like wedding photographers, real estate agents, travelers, insurance companies, even farmers and urban planners, are able to access the Up Sonder marketplace to find and rent a drone near them or on the go. Sign up is simple.

  • Drone Providers: Create a free account and list drones or services for rent on their own terms.
  • Drone Renters: Create a free account and rent drones or services in their area.

Up Sonder builds trust with their Provider Guarantee that protects Providers from damages or losses. With Up Sonder, drone Providers can easily accept and manage bookings from within the platform. They can also access payments, scheduling, inventory management, customer messaging, and sales through the online portal. Drone Renters can schedule and make their payments quickly through the platform. It’s easier than renting a car or booking a hotel room.

The Founders
The Diplomat
Derek Waleko, CEO

From senior advisor to the South Korean government to co-founder of a pioneering drone rental company, Derek Waleko has a rich business history. As a senior government advisor in charge of mergers and acquisitions at South Korea’s KOTRA agency he worked with many high technology companies pushing the limits in the aerospace industry. Today he works to push those limits further with the sharing economy and his love for all things drones. Outside his international work he has also served as President of Los Angeles’s Van Nuys Neighborhood Council and sat on the board of the Mayor’s Budget Advocate Committee, drafting recommendations to advise the Los Angeles Mayor on reducing the city’s deficit and increasing revenue. Derek attended Texas Tech University earning his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry and studied film in New York at New York Film Academy.

The Doctor
Dr. A. Isaac Nabors, COO

Dr. Nabors is a drone enthusiast with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sports and Health Sciences (Texas Tech University, 2004), a Master’s in Physical Therapy (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, 2007) and a Doctorate of Science in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy with an emphasis in Applied Anatomy/Physiology and Biomechanics (2014). He is also a serial entrepreneur, operating several businesses including his physical therapy practice (Kinetic Physical Therapy), a concussion consultation company (AXIS PT Group), and a performance enhancement company (CrossX). Dr. Nabors is poised to bring a revolutionary concussion device and concussion protocol to market in the near future. He is also a real estate investor and auto dealer (AXIS Auto Group).

The Tech Nerd
Keith Smith, CTO

Keith is an avid fan of aviation, he owns and operates a homebuilt aircraft, and is passionate about bringing modern technology into the aviation arena. He has more than 20 years of professional software development experience. He developed cloud-based collaboration tools back in 2001, long before “cloud computing” was a recognized term. Smith also founded PilotEdge, a company which provides Air Traffic Control services for flight simulators. It is a client/server architecture being used by thousands of pilots across the country in a wide range of simulators, from laptops to multi-million dollar full motion flight simulators. Keith holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Information Systems from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Company Information

Founded: 2015

Location: Los Angeles, California

Market: Leveraging the sharing economy by giving drone Providers a way to earn extra money by listing their drone and/or service for rent on the Up Sonder marketplace.


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The New Buzz In Construction - - August 2, 2017

The Caduceus of Kappa Sigma - - July 31, 2017

Drones at Work Part 1: A Realtor's Best Friend - - July 4, 2017

The Rise of the Selfie Drone - - June 8, 2017

The Drone Superhighway Part 4: Power and Money - - May 25, 2017

The Drone Superhighway Part 3: Beyond Sight and Autonomous - - May 18, 2017

The Drone Superhighway Part 2: Law and Order - - May 11, 2017

The Drone Superhighway Part 1: It's a Thing - A Real Thing - - May 4, 2017

Up, Up, and Away in Real Estate  - - April 6, 2017

AirVuz Up Sonder Interview - - March 20, 2017

Up Sonder IDE LA 2016 DroneTV Live Interview - Roku TV - March 8, 2017

Up Sonder China Article - - March 7, 2017

Postmates Can Now Deliver Drones  - - March 6, 2017

Up Sonder China Article - - March 3, 2017

Up Sonder Heats Up The Drone Rental Marketplace  - - March 2, 2017

Up Sonder Now Available Nationwide  - - March 2, 2017

Rent Your Neighbor's Drone: Meet The AirBnB Of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles  - - March 1, 2017

Drone Rental Marketplace Up Sonder Goes National  - - March 1, 2017

Up Sonder Eyes Drone Delivery Partnerships Post Nationwide Launch  - - March 1, 2017

Up Sonder On-Demand Drone Marketplace Launches Nationwide  - - March 1, 2017

Up Sonder Eyes Drone Delivery Partnerships Post Nationwide Launch  - Drone News - March 1, 2017

Crowd Sourced Drone Rental Drone Pilot Marketplace  - - February 22, 2017

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The New Drone Marketplace – Derek Waleko, CEO of Up Sonder   - - January 31, 2017

The 10 Craziest Uses for Drones  - - January 30, 2017 

Drone Rentals on Demand: Press a Button and Get a Drone in 30 Minutes  - - January 25, 2017

On-demand drone rental marketplace Up Sonder opens for business - - January 24, 2017

Meet Up Sonder, the first on-demand drone marketplace for the commercial industry and the everyday person - - January 24, 2017

Up Sonder: On-Demand Drone Market Place - - January 24, 2017

Meet Up Sonder, the first on-demand drone marketplace for the commercial industry and the everyday person - - January 24, 2017

Drone marketplace Up Sonder wraps up successful 2016 - - December 20, 2016

After a win at a recent drone conference, this startup's ready to open its marketplace - - December 20, 2016

Drone marketplace Up Sonder wraps up successful 2016 - - December 20, 2016

Sky's the Limit: 8 Big Ideas for the Future of Drones - - December 16, 2016

Commercial Drones FM Interview - CommercialDrones.FM - November 23, 2016

Don't Let The Hurdles Get In The Way - - October 5, 2016

Up Sonder Starts Drone Rental Service - - September 13, 2016

Turn your drone into a moneymaker - - September 13, 2016

Uber offers other companies a ride on its app - - August 17, 2016

Commercial Drones As A Service - - July 6, 2016

9 Tools to Help You Work Remotely - - June 28, 2016

Uber's delivery service just went mainstream - - June 9, 2016


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