About Us

A great story, a growing team, and a commitment to helping you succeed.

Our Story

Betterview was founded in 2014 by David Lyman and David Tobias. David Tobias was born into the insurance industry having grown up in the family business of performing property inspections. Realizing that the number one most problematic part of any property was the roof, he teamed up with his fellow Bay Area friend David Lyman to find a solution. David Lyman is a repeat startup founder with a deep background in enterprise software.

Betterview continues to grow due to the hard work of a number of talented and dedicated team members. Chief Pilot Armin Monajemi works with a number of drone hardware companies to ensures that our software stays ahead of any updates. Armin is a FAA certified pilot who works with a number of government liaisons to get flight permissions and ensure that our operators follow all regulations and safety procedures.

Our dedicated engineers have years of experiences in application programming. They work tirelessly to continue rolling out our already robust database system, update our mobile application, and handle custom one-off client requests to better enhance our service.

The operations team at Betterview handles all the order verification, operator communications, and works to build out new reporting models. If you need a specific data output, are wondering about a site to survey, or have any questions on an order these are the folks who handle that request.

We are business creators and growers with Insurance & Construction industry expertise and Military flight ops and training.

David Lyman

Co-founder & CEO

David has built various businesses and information systems. Most recently he was the technical co-founder of NutshellMail, which he sold to Constant Contact in 2010.

David Tobias

Co-founder & COO

Dave scaled an insurance loss control company, Research Specialist Incorporated, to >30k inspections per year with >500 inspectors across the United States.


Prasanna Ghadage

Flight Operations

Xavier Andriske

Risk Analyst

Amelia Lyon

Fulfillment & Quality Assurance

Sales & Marketing

Armin Monajemi

Chief Pilot & Solutions Engineer

Alex Tan

Sales & Marketing


Tim Marshall

VP, Engineering

Warren Ng


Petr Gerasimenko



Dave Markert

Advisor & TG Instructor

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BetterView Integrates Understory Weather Data into its Platform Offering Insurers a Way to Assess Historical Weather Events Before Drone Flights

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Maiden Reinsurance Announces Investment in InsurTech Drone Startup Betterview

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InsurTech Startup Betterview Partners with CIS Group to Provide UAV Software and Services to its National Network of Field Inspectors

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Betterview Partners with Loss Control 360 to Integrate On-Demand Drone Imagery & Data into their Loss Control 360 Carrier Platform

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Through the Roof: Drone Startup Cites Milestone of 6,000 Inspections

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InsurTech Drone Startup Betterview Achieves Milestone by Performing Over 6,000 Successful Roof Inspections in Two Years

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Plug and Play Insurance Unveils First Startup Batch

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FAA’s New Drone Rules Open up Insurance Use Cases

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Eyes in the skies keep workers safe on the ground

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How drones are transforming the real estate industry

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Betterview Spots $1.5M Seed for Drone Photography

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Betterview Raises 1.55 Million in funding

Betterview, the leading aerial and drone imagery solution for businesses, today announced the closing of a $1.55 million fundraising round,…

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Betterview Platform for Web and Mobile

Better Decisions with Better Data

Founded in 2014, Betterview uses drones to provide a safe, easy, and cost-effective way to capture comprehensive aerial building imagery and data so you can make insightful business decisions.

Our Team consists of
  • Business Creators
    & Growers
  • Insurance & Construction
    Industry Expertise
  • Military Flight Ops
    & Training