We had the good fortune of connecting with Benjamin Lenzen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Benjamin, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
During the pandemic, my friends and I decided to look inward and devise a more productive use of our newfound free time. Coincidentally, all four of us shared backgrounds in engineering, which helped to narrow our search based on our aligned interests. We agreed on drones as the technology for us to explore during our virtual hangouts in lockdown. Rather than offering a niche drone service, we chose to focus on integrating drones, in general, into the many industries in the DFW area. We believe the opportunities that drones can provide for various local government and business entities are limitless. Our goal, since the beginning, has been to grow and support other people’s businesses through the innovation and efficiency that drone technology provides. We hope that this can pay dividends for our clients and bring more visibility to this burgeoning application.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We founded this company for two reasons: first, to share our passion for drones with others, and second, to live out our lives doing what we love. By tapping into DFW’s ever-growing real estate market and never-ending infrastructure projects, Archon has found a market need in the metroplex for aerial photography and videography supplied by drones.

It sure seemed crazy trying to establish a business during the peak of COVID and a time of worldwide economic uncertainty. Despite the challenges and adversity these circumstances brought, the founders of Archon (Matthew, Ben, Justin, and Kells) were able to start a successful business.

Our biggest differentiators, which enabled our success, are the strong relationships we built between us the partners and the passion that we have for learning and implementing new technologies. As a result, Archon hasn’t been approached as just any other job. Starting a company with four engineers posed some challenges of their own. The most notable challenge was developing empathy for each other – something usually exempt from the engineering curriculum. Managing unique personalities, work styles, and varying schedules forced us to develop a crucial understanding of each other that has allowed us to form a structured and efficient business. The business has been a lot of learning as we go, research, and trial and error. Most importantly, we relied on our values of perseverance and commitment to enable us to make the difficult decisions that come with being a startup.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The first priority, after our friend arrived, would be taking them straight to Torchy’s for some damn good tacos and queso. Afterwards, we’d take a walk on the Katy Trail to stave off a food coma before ending up at the Icehouse for drinks. From there, we would hop over to Victory Plaza and explore the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. Then, we’d pay a ridiculously expensive Uber to Klyde Warren Park for the food trucks. Continuing beyond our food tour, we’d end the evening at the Statler with drinks and the wonderful rooftop view of the Dallas skyline. 

The next day would be spent window-shopping at NorthPark or Highland Park Village followed by the best classic burgers at Burger House. Day drinking is a thing and post-lunch, we’d knock back a few drinks at the Truckyard and round out our day with Heim Barbeque. 

On day three, sailing out at Lake Lewisville… especially to escape the heat. Of course, we’d also bring a cooler stocked full of local brews and Miller Lite.

Sailing is a demanding endeavor so day four would be a rest day. Playing Nintendo party games, hanging out by the pool, or strolling through the Dallas Arboretum.

After a restful day four, we would hit Cavender’s to make sure our friend has a proper set of boots before making the pilgrimage to Fort Worth and exploring the Stockyards, zoo, and the botanical garden. Leaving Fort Worth around 3 p.m., we’d miss the traffic and come back for even more Texas barbeque, but this time at Terry Black’s. 

Day six would be a mash-up of exploring the Bishop Arts district then, depending on the season, watching local sports whether that is a Rangers, Stars, Cowboys, Mavs, Rough Riders, or FC Dallas game. Preferably, during a dollar hot dog night. After the game, we’d go out to Arlington and ride some mechanical bulls at Texas Live.

Coincidentally, one of us happens to be a licensed pilot. So, we saved the best for the last day. We would rent a plane for a downtown tour and explore DFW from the sky. Naturally, as part of the tour, we would fly out to Stephenville for a nice lunch at Hard Eight Barbeque, a short golf cart ride from the airport. We would finish the night, once we returned, at one of our favorite small sushi places called Hon Sushi in Carrollton. A guest of ours is always going to be well-fed with the true taste of Texas we provide!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would like to thank our families for instilling the principles and attitudes needed for pulling off this endeavor. We may come from different backgrounds and different stories, but we were all taught the same two core principles: curiosity and personal responsibility. Had we not learned this, the idea of Archon would have never lifted off (pun intended), especially during lockdown. Additionally, we at Archon would like to thank our first customers, our contributors, and advisors who had faith in our vision and confidence in our abilities.

Website: https://archonsystems.dev/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/archondrones/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPzQpVSzz_5o1TpAQQO4C3g

Image Credits
Team Photo – Peyton Faltys Everything else – Archon Solutions LLC

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