EVA Interviews The Moon

In the latest edition of  EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Age™, and in the first of a series of Lunar focused editions, I have a most unusual guest.

This conversation started in 2007. A friend of mine at NASA was pondering a matrix he was building which considered future commercial lunar opportunities. I gave some of my own feedback and then offered to ask The Moon himself for comments, since he was shining very brightly in my window on that cold, clear January evening.

When I created EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Age™, I thought it might be worth revisiting this conversation at some point, and included in the FAQs this disclaimer * While the main focus will be economic, we reserve the right to present the occasional fictitious, frivolous or marginally related interview.

With the idea of expanding on, and sharing that initial, very informative discussion, and to set the stage for an upcoming series of interviews, I recently went back (on a much warmer night) to gaze at the Moon and finish up the interview.

I hope you will enjoy this visionary discussion of our future entrepreneurial endeavors on and with our Moon.

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EVA Interviews Paul Eckert

The next edition of EVA Interviews: The Business of the New Space Age™ is now published with my guest, Paul Eckert Ph.D. – Space Investment Summit Coalition Coordinator, (and International & Commercial Strategist for the Space Exploration division of The Boeing Company). Since 2005, I have attended a number of the Space Investment Summits and have always found them informative and interesting, often thought-provoking, and always great opportunities for networking with Space entrepreneurs and other investors and/or investment professionals.

Starting first as Roundtables exploring the potential for Lunar Commerce, they now bring Space entrepreneurs (and frequently their business plans) together with investment capital of many sorts – seed, venture capital, Angel investors and corporate finance – and with those who are interested in developments within the emerging new commercial Space industry. Paul shares with me his goals for these events, how they have evolved, lessons they have learned along the way and their plans for this next event and those in the future.

Space Investment Summit 6 (SIS-6), the next event, is happening very soon! It will be held on Wednesday May 27th, 2009, just prior to, and in conjunction with, the International Space Development Conference (ISDC2009) in Orlando, Florida.

To learn more about this event, the series and Paul’s overview and insights, please read the full interview.  And let me know if you’ll be joining us there!!

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EVA Reviews Richard Branson’s “Business Stripped Bare”

At EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Age™, I am always very interested in people, stories, events and/or books focusing on Space, business, innovation and entrepreneurship. I’m thrilled when I find all four combined!

I recently bought Richard Branson’s Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur to bring with me on vacation: knowing he would talk about his (and Virgin’s) experiences in business and entrepreneurship; hoping there would be at least some discussion of his Space business Virgin Galactic; and not expecting to read anything regarding innovation. Richard was almost as fun to have along in book form as I imagine he would have been in person. Well, maybe not quite as much fun. Sand-filled, sunscreen-stained and dog-eared, my copy has so many turned down pages that I returned home with the compulsion to write my first book review since high school! (Yes, I’m one of those people; there is no resale value on books which I enjoy!)

While not quite an interview, I talk about books in general, why I ask about them and then I delve into this one specifically. Richard Branson, with it, answers some of my (unasked) questions and leaves me wanting to ask more. EVA Reviews Richard Branson’s “Business Stripped Bare” gives you an overview of the book with highlights on points that particularly caught my attention and might catch yours, quotes worth considering, and some of my thoughts on specific passages including the excellent chapter on innovation and Space.

Please check out my review; let me know what you think and if it gives you any ideas. Then find the book with its fascinating stories and practical advice at Amazon:

Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur

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EVA Interviews Rex Ridenoure, Space Entrepreneur and CEO of Ecliptic Enterprises Corp.

My next guest on EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Age is Rex Ridenoure CEO of Ecliptic Enterprises, whose Rocketcam™ is responsible for the awesome images we see of Space Shuttle launches. Rex shares with us his entrepreneurial journey in pushing forward commercial Space business practices. From his early aerospace engineering career as a Mission Specialist and Chief Mission Architect on numerous exciting JPL/NASA and commercial projects to the startup and success of Ecliptic, Rex eloquently conveys the lessons he has learned along the way. We discuss financing and working with his Angel investor, the challenges he faces in the NewSpace arena and how his concerns differ from those of his local tech CEO colleagues.

Opportunities abound and Rex describes some of these upcoming projects, including a number of Moon related ones – both government and private. Plus he hints at a new business model they are involved with that will be announced shortly after the interview is posted. As always, sources of motivation and inspiration are explored in the interview. Rex is inspiring in his own right! Please join us to read this latest in-depth informative interview!

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EVA Interviews Guillermo Söhnlein

EVA’s guest is Guillermo Söhnlein, founder of both the International Association of Space Entrepreneurs and Space Angels Network. One of the major challenges facing Space entrepreneurs and startups is finding adequate investment seed capital, the early-stage funds needed to start and grow their businesses. Angels and sometimes VCs (Venture Capital firms) are the usual investors if you can’t self-fund, but they have rarely focused on the new Space industry. Guillermo is actively involved in bringing investors’ attention, funds and expertise to often ignored Space startups. With IASE, he encourages and provides an environment to build entrepreneurship in the new Space industry.

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EVA Interviews Jim Dunstan

Please join us to read EVA Interviews Jim Dunstan! In this in-depth, informative and entertaining interview, EVA and Jim Dunstan discuss how Jim’s interest in Space started and developed, his law practice, startups and the legal risks they face, Angels, Space law and lawyers, controversial legal issues, cyberspace and books!
We hope you enjoy the interview!
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