Mary-Lou Smulders

Member Since 2022

Mary-Lou Smulders

Chief Marketing Officer



I am the Chief Marketing Officer at Dedrone, where I'm on the front line driving business strategy, marketing, and communications. Prior to Dedrone, I served as CMO at financial tech company 9th Gear Technologies as well as at crisis communication systems leader AtHoc, growing the brand and supporting their acquisition by security software and services provider BlackBerry in 2015. During my twenty-year career in enterprise software, I have served as Senior Vice President of Global Applications and Services Marketing for Oracle Corporation and have advised on strategic transformation initiatives at Booz & Co. Early in my career, I was an engineer on multiple oil rigs for ExxonMobil and Shell Oil.


  • Marketing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Security


January 31st, 2023

Confronting Drone Threats: Why New Technology Requires Action

If the FBI thinks drones are a threat, why doesn't congress?

November 15th, 2022

How Entrepreneurs Can Keep Up With Industry Trends

No matter what industry an entrepreneur operates in, developing ways of keeping up with emerging trends will help ensure they remain in business for the long term.

November 2nd, 2022

12 Strategies for Keeping Your Team Curious and Innovative

Creating a culture that actively encourages employees to generate and share ideas is a great way to keep your company competitive in the market.



Dedrone is the market and technology leader in airspace security. The Dedrone counter-drone platform combines hardware sensors and machine-learning software, providing early warning, classification of, and mitigation against all drone threats. Based in San Francisco, Dedrone was founded in 2014 and is backed by investors including Felicis Ventures, Menlo Ventures, and John Chambers, Chairman Emeritus of Cisco Systems and founder of JC2 Ventures. In October 2019, Dedrone introduced Dedrone Defense, our consultancy which provides the essential tools for all U.S. federal agencies and armed forces to assess, protect and defend against unauthorized sUAS. Dedrone Defense is the sole provider and manufacturer of DroneDefender, a non-kinetic, radiofrequency sUAS countermeasure, which safeguards airspace without risking collateral damage. DroneDefender quickly disrupts the adversary's control of the sUAS, neutralizing it so that no remote action, including detonation, can occur, minimizing sUAS damage and risk to public safety.


  • Security
  • Aerospace
  • Drones