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How A 'Deviant' Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded Data-Mining Juggernaut - Forbes 2013
It's not easy for a man in Karp's position to be a deviant in the modern world. And with tools like Palantir in the hands of the government, deviance may not be easy for the rest of us, either. With or without safeguards, the "complete anonymity" Karp savors may be a 20th-century luxury.
Forbes  privacy  CIA  Palantir  stories  biography  surveillance  VC 
11 weeks ago by pierredv
Boeing leads $14M funding round for Isotropic Systems to boost satellite links, GeekWire Jan 2019
London-based Isotropic Systems<>, a startup that is developing flat-panel antennas and high-throughput terminals for satellite communications, says it has raised $14 million in a Series A financing round led by Boeing HorizonX Ventures.
GeekWire  satellite  VC  antennas 
january 2019 by pierredv
LeoSat's Rigolle: Fundraising Big Focus this Year - Via Satellite - Mar 2018
"NewSpace startup LeoSat, which is building the satellite equivalent of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) in space, plans to focus primarily on raising funds for its Series A round this year. With a glut of major customer agreements already signed, the company’s next hurdle is ensuring it has enough cash on hand to build out its full constellation by 2022, said LeoSat Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Rigolle in an interview with Via Satellite."

"LeoSat also recently signed an agreement with Phasor to develop a Ka-band version of its low-profile Electronically Steered Antenna (ESA). While a traditional mechanized dish will be sufficient for the majority of the company’s services, ESAs could unlock new applications and customer bases, Rigolle said, pointing to embassy networks as an example."
LeoSat  ViaSatellite  investing  VC  Phasor  satellite  antennas 
march 2018 by pierredv
Relativity closes $35 million Series B round - Mar 2018
Relativity Space, a startup developing small launch vehicles using 3D-printing technologies, announced March 27 a $35 million funding round led by a venture fund making its first space investment.
NewSpace  space  launch  manufacturing  3D-printing  VC 
march 2018 by pierredv
Future of the space communications industry, by AlixPartners - Mar 2018
"AlixPartners, the global consulting firm, has released a report with these six predictions" "All of these factors could lead to major industry changes, including consolidation or restructuring or even exits."

2. "Some Planned Constellations May Not Get Off The Ground – Current FCC applications for non-geostationary orbit (NGSO) constellations total an estimated 16,000 spacecraft, with AlixPartners estimating $50 billion to $100 billion would be needed to develop and deploy them all. With the worldwide industry currently at $20 billion, the size of the investment needed makes it unlikely all constellations will be funded."

3. ARPU Might Remain Flat At Best

4. Competition from Terrestrial Providers Will Remain Fierce

5. Satellite Bandwidth Capacity Could Outpace Demand

6. Billionaire and Sovereign Investors Will Continue To Pressure Commercial Providers
space  trends  investing  AlixPartners  broadband  VC 
march 2018 by pierredv
March 2018 - LEO/MEO Satellites Poised to Make a Mark in Military Sector | Via Satellite
"Satellites in LEO and MEO soon will be here to stay thanks to companies like LeoSat, OneWeb, and SES-owned O3b. The question is whether they also can go beyond meeting the needs of commercial and consumer users to also serving the needs of a dispersed, increasingly mobile military. Via Satellite talks to leading LEO and MEO industry figures to see how they envision their constellations supporting military missions globally in a fast-evolving threat environment."

"The United States Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) recent Request for Information (RFI) calling for a low-latency satellite connectivity solution underscores the government’s openness for considering new non-Geosynchronous Earth Orbit (GEO) solutions. And that cooperative posture also has been illustrated during the Air Force’s wideband Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) exercise to define the future space architecture, where several LEO and MEO companies put forth their recommendations."

"LeoSat is on schedule to launch two demonstration satellites in the second half of 2019. Launch of the production satellites will begin in late 2020 and the constellation should be complete by 2022." LeoSat's Abad: “We are not looking to bring broadband down to every single person in the world. We want to provide carrier-grade telecommunications services via space.”

"Both LeoSat and OneWeb have received high-profile funding — SKY Perfect JSAT became an anchor investor in LeoSat in May, while OneWeb received $1 billion from Japan’s SoftBank last December, making it a 20 percent equity owner. OneWeb also has partnered with Airbus on its new high-volume production facility in Exploration Park, Florida."

“What needs to change is the ground infrastructure — you can’t build a LEO constellation realistically with two parabolic antennas and expect to reach the scale and volume that these providers talk about,” says Brad Grady, senior analyst in Northern Sky Research’s (NSR)

"NSR estimates that the defense sector will require about 14 gigabits per second of non-GEO HTS capacity demand by 2025, representing an 18 percent annual growth rate from 2015."

“Everyone has figured out that the critical point in launching these new constellations is the antenna system. You can’t have a successful non-GEO network without a very agile, very capable antenna technology,” says David Helfgott, CEO of Phasor, one of a handful of antenna technology providers who will plan to offer Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) antenna solutions for these up-and-coming constellations in the next 12 to 36 months.
ViaSatellite  LEO  MEO  ElectronicallySteerableAntenna  Phasor  satellite  defense  DoD  SES  NSR  LeoSat  OneWeb  venturecapital  VC  investing  antennas 
march 2018 by pierredv
10 Space Startups Investors Loved in 2017 - Via Satellite - Jan 2018
While this isn’t a full list of every funding round that took place last year, the Via Satellite team thinks these 10 companies are ones that hold serious potential as the NewSpace arena continues to mature.
ViaSatellite  investing  NewSpace  VC 
january 2018 by pierredv
10 AI Startups Coming for White-Collar Jobs - Nanalyze
"CB Insights recently put together a list of categories where AI is coming after white-collar jobs"

"Founded in 2014, Israel-based LawGeex uses artificial intelligence to review contracts."
Nanalyze  start-ups  VC  investing  employment  automation  law 
january 2018 by pierredv
5 Developments in NewSpace for 2018 - Nanalyze Jan 2018
"In our teardown on NewSpace exploding into a trillion-dollar industry, we noted that the satellite sector, which includes everything from manufacturing spacecraft to providing communications services, represents about 75 percent of the total commercial space industry. The industry is valued at about $350 billion today. There’s no reason to doubt that ratio will change in 2018."

"More recent deals include a $3.2 million Seed round to Loft Orbital out of San Francisco in November. The startup, founded only this year, leases space on its satellites for various Earth-observing missions. It even handles the red tape on issues such as licensing and insurance. Another relatively new NewSpace startup, Analytical Space, took in $3.5 million in September for its satellite relay system that uses laser technology to beam data in orbit back to Earth cheaper and faster."

"Seraphim Space Fund recently launched a $100 million initiative and Starburst Ventures, part of Starburst Accelerator, raised a $200 million fund to invest in 35 space startups over the next three years. Meanwhile, the Space Startup Ecosystem plans to help launch 100 NewSpace companies each year. Let’s put that into perspective: Only about 140 angel- and venture-backed space companies have been founded and funded since 2000, according to Bryce Space & Technology, an analytic consulting firm."
Nanalyze  NewSpace  VC  investing  SpaceX  OmniSpace 
january 2018 by pierredv
Tech's new D.C. partner: Charles Koch - POLITICO Dec 2017
Libertarian billionaire Koch and left-leaning Silicon Valley are working together to advance the argument that innovation is most likely to flourish when government leaves it alone.
Politico  KochBrothers  SiliconValley  VC  space 
december 2017 by pierredv
Seraphim Capital: Investor Interest in NewSpace is Growing Fast - Via Satellite - Nov 2017
"The commercial satellite industry is on the cusp of seeing a slew of exits from former NewSpace startups, according to Seraphim Capital Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Boggett. In an interview with Via Satellite, Boggett pointed to the growing sum of venture-backed capital in the space industry as evidence that a number of young companies are rapidly accelerating toward maturity."

"While Boggett admits that there have been few successful exits thus far, “the wall of [maturing] space tech businesses” has proved an interesting target both for larger incumbent space companies and traditional players in the broader tech market. Boggett highlighted Google’s acquisition of Skybox Imaging (later renamed Terra Bella) and subsequent sell-off to Planet as one example. He also pointed to SoftBank’s intense interest in the OneWeb-Intelsat merger."

"Currently, Seraphim Capital itself has an explicit focus on Earth Observation (EO) companies, as well as the market subcategories that comprise the EO supply chain. "
ViaSatellite  VC  NewSpace  investing  space  Skybox  Planet  OneWeb  Intelsat  SoftBank 
november 2017 by pierredv
How to Ensure Your Startup Survives the NewSpace Bubble - Via Satellite - Nov 2017
"According to some financial experts, the space startup industry is in the midst of a bubble — but that may not necessarily be such a bad thing. ....
The big question mark now, said Bessemer Venture Partners’ Tess Hatch, is whether these young companies can sustain their profitability in the long term."

"Although DFJ Growth partner Randy Glein warned that some capital coming into the space market “is not doing it in a particularly discerning way,” he said too that he expects to see more opportunities for exits over the next five years — particularly for companies specializing in data analytics and services."

Komissarova: “You have to factor in the unique properties of your business when it comes to space, but at the same time you have to … forget about the fact that it’s space. Does it still look like a good business?”
SatelliteToday  satellite  NewSpace  investing  VC  remote-sensing  data-analytics 
november 2017 by pierredv
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to invest $1 billion in Richard Branson’s space companies - The Washington Post Oct 2017
"For decades, space travel was seen as a risky investment, one that venture capitalists shied away from. But recently, the commercial space industry has attracted a growing number of investors that now includes the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia, which announced Thursday it plans to invest $1 billion in Richard Branson's portfolio of space companies."

"The move is another indication of increasing confidence in the industry. Two years ago, Google and Fidelity announced they were investing $1 billion in Elon Musk's SpaceX. Since 2000, more than $10 billion has been invested in start-up space ventures, two-thirds of which has been in the past five years, according to Bryce Space and Technology, a consulting firm."
WashingtonPost  NewSpace  RichardBranson  SaudiArabia  VirginGalactic  VC  investing 
november 2017 by pierredv
A Recent History of Venture Capital Investment in Commercial Space
"Over the past few years, investment in space businesses has increased steadily, reaching an all-time high in 2015 when venture capital firms invested $1.8 billion, a record high. According to a report released by The Tauri Group, a company that offers aerospace and defence consultancy services, more than 50 venture capital firms invested in space businesses in 2015. But, why are these firms investing in an industry that has been viewed by most venture capitalists to be risky and slow in yielding returns in the past? Below is a look at some of the top reasons why venture capital firms are racing to invest in the space industry"
newspace  nextspace  VC  innovation  investing 
august 2017 by pierredv
Exclusive: Big changes for Ignition Partners - January 2013
Ignition Partners, a Seattle-area venture capital firm formed in 2000 by a group of ex-Microsoft (MSFT) executives, is reorganizing into a much smaller, more focused organization. In other words, lots of people are on their way out. Fortune has learned that the new Ignition team will consist of just three senior partners: John Connors, the former Microsoft CFO who joined in 2005; Frank Artale, a former biz dev boss at Citrix who joined in 2011; and Nick Sturiale, a veteran venture capitalist who is coming over from Jafco Ventures.
VC  venturecapital  ex  CNN 
october 2013 by pierredv

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