The Faces of DigitalGlobe is a series of blog posts highlighting individuals and teams within DigitalGlobe.
This month, we are highlighting Drew Esson, who joined DigitalGlobe in 2010 and currently serves as Director of the newly launched Information Partner Program. The program focuses on recruiting new partners worldwide and providing them with insight and opportunities to accelerate their sales via various DigitalGlobe resources. Drew previously served as Senior Manager of Channel Marketing. Before joining DigitalGlobe, Drew led Wireless Location Services Product Management at Openwave Systems. Drew holds a B.A. in Political Science from Princeton University and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Outside of work, Drew volunteers as a mentor at Greenhouse Scholars, which provides mentorship and funding to high-achieving, under-resourced high school students.
1. What might you find yourself doing around 10 a.m. on a regular work day?
I think I have the best job in the company. At any given time, I could be interacting with members of the product, research and development, sales, finance or marketing teams to shape and evangelize the Information Partner Program. I also get to interact with companies that embrace the informational value of our imagery and are frequently building solutions around leveraging our imagery to support their business models.
2. What’s the most interesting use case or problem that you’ve seen DigitalGlobe solve?
I’ve worked in the tech industry for over 20 years. DigitalGlobe is the first company that I have worked for where I tell family and friends about my job and they a) think it’s really cool and b) they understand what I do. I’m proud of the work that we do to support numerous humanitarian causes, ranging from conservation efforts via the Jane Goodall Institute to George Clooney’s Satellite Sentinel Project. What I find particularly motivating though is what lies ahead. As our company evolves, I truly believe that we are going to identify new use cases that our imagery and capabilities can address. The Information Partner Program that we’ve implemented this year is game changing and will allow us to work with like-minded partners to take advantage of the capabilities that we have developed, or are in the process of developing, to address the challenges faced by our customers.
3. How does your current role support DigitalGlobe’s Purpose Vision and Values (PVV)?
The Information Partner Program is an important component of DigitalGlobe’s focus on becoming an indispensable source of information about our changing planet. DigitalGlobe is developing a large number of solutions that complement our imagery data and that may be leveraged by our partners to our mutual benefit.
4. If you could add any technology/capability to DigitalGlobe’s assets, what would it be?
I’m a huge believer in creating a platform environment that makes it easy for partners to gain access to our archive and capabilities to build and deliver solutions to their customers. Getting access to pixels, algorithms, crowdsourcing, and datasets like Human Landscapes lays the ground work for integrating bigger solutions that will grow the market for both DigitalGlobe and our partners and redefine the competitive landscape.
5. What is your favorite restaurant in the Denver area?
My favorite date night place is Jax Fish House which is in both Boulder and Denver. Great atmosphere and food that has Cajun influence. My go-to family dinner spot (especially in the summer) is West End Tavern on Pearl St. They have a great outdoor deck on the roof with a view of the Flat Irons. Shuffle Board for the kids and a great selection of beverages for adults, good food too!