Joining us today is Andrew Dearing, a geospatial entrepreneur and GeoFutures Initiative Project Lead for Spatial STL Advisors. Prior to joining Spatial STL, Andy was the CEO of boundless Spatial where he led the organization in over 200% growth in a 2-year period. Andy serves as an advisor to St. Louis University’s GEOSLU program, he is on the advisory board for St. Louis T-Rex/GeoSaurus Innovation Center as well as serves as a co-chair for the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation.
In this episode:
Andrew talks about growing up in a small town on a farm and how his college roommate piqued his interest in spatial technologies, which ultimately caused him to switch his major from Pre-Med to Aviation. Andrew says that Entrepreneurially Thinking means to him is thinking about something completely different and taking that leap and risk, being very passionate about something that you feel needs to be better and putting 100% of your energy into that something.
Andrew defines what the geospatial industry is and how geospatial plays a large part in St. Louis communities. Andrew explains that geospatial efforts help with so many things from business development and asset allocation to consumer behavior.
Andrew discusses Covid-19 and how geospatial technologies in other countries were used to track, identify and locate where a person had been in the country and decide if they were a risk to others. Andrew also explains security and privacy issues that can be brought about by geospatial technology.
Andrew talks about St. Louis’ very own geo-future and what the geospatial industry has in store for not only regional advancement but for job opportunities.
Andrew tells us about being an entrepreneur and raising capital and the challenges he faced when explaining to institutional investors what the geospatial industry was/is and what the potential was/is.