"Entrepreneurship is one of the most creative of all human endeavors ... and innovative thinking requires ignoring the box and anyone who points it out."
Beginning in Silicon Valley in 1998--Ground Zero of the Internet Boom--I have spent virtually my entire professional life working in startup ventures and with the entrepreneurs and investors who pursue disruptive innovation. I have helped launch 7 for-profit ventures and 3 nonprofit organizations, while also helping my fellow entrepreneurs as interim executive, advisor, mentor, consultant, and Board member.
ANSIBLE SPACE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS
2014 - founded
2015 - merged into RBC Signals
Ansible's mission was to create a global network of ground stations to provide telemetry and data download capabilities for small satellites.
BLUE MARBLE EXPLORATION
2013 - founded
Blue Marble Exploration is a venture studio focused on exploration-related businesses, and it also organizes expeditions to explore "extreme environments" for scientific discovery and inspirational storytelling.
2002 - founded
Fortivo is a venture studio and holding company focused on social enterprises innovating within the fields of technology, aerospace, and oceans.
INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SPACE ENTREPRENEURS
2003 - founded
2010 - merged into Space Frontier Foundation
IASE created a global online community of successful entrepreneurs from other industries in order to connect them with space professionals and therefore nurture the creation of new space ventures.
2009 - founded
2020 - shut down
iSpaces developed a revolutionary Web-based operating system with a proprietary embedded "browser in a browser" that allowed users to access all of their digital work and content on any device.
1998 - founded
2001 - acquired by Voxeo (later acquired by Aspect Communications)
Milo was one of the leading software development firms creating innovative speech recognition applications that laid the groundwork for the future of Siri, Alexa, and others.
2009 - founded
OceanGate is a global provider of deep sea manned submersible solutions for a variety of industries, including exploration, research, filmmaking, oil & gas, biopharma, and tourism.
2010 - founded
The OceanGate Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to expand humanity's understanding of the world's oceans through exploration, inspiration, and education.
2011 - founded
2015 - merged into Exploration Institute
The Sea-Space Initiative--originally a program of the Opus Novum Foundation--was a global series of two-day workshops that brought together industry experts with experience in the fields of both oceans and space.
SPACE ANGELS NETWORK
2006 - founded
Space Angels Network (now "Space Angels") is the largest and most active international group of accredited investors focused on providing capital to early-stage space ventures.