Space Venture Finance Symposium

I just wanted to put a quick word for a symposium that’s going to be held in conjunction with ISDC this year that I thought some of you might be interested in. It’s called the Space Venture Finance Symposium, and it will be held on May 24th (the day before ISDC begins). Details and registration information can be found here on the ISDC 2007 webpage.

While I did take as many business classes as they’d let me as part of my Mechanical Engineering Masters degree studies, I don’t get to spend as much time these days doing things on the business side (other than my dabblings on this blog) as I would like. While a key part of symposiums like this is trying to help people who are interested in possibly investing in commercial space ventures meet some of the firms and get some introduction to the industry, I like going just to learn, to meet new people, and bounce ideas around.

I don’t know all the major speakers there, but I can vouch for Stephen Fleming, Lee Valentine, and Esther Dyson. I always learn something new from them, and the coolest thing I’ve found is that they’re perfectly willing (as time permits) to talk with and answer questions, even from younger folk like me. Oh, and I particularly need to make penance for missing half of Stephen and Esther’s panel at Space Access…

So, if you’re an investor looking for more info on this interesting new industry, or if you’re a startup looking for ways to better raise money, or if you’re just fascinated by this whole space entrepreneurism thing… I’ll hopefully see you there.

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Jonathan Goff

Jonathan Goff

President/CEO at Altius Space Machines
Jonathan Goff is a space technologist, inventor, and serial space entrepreneur who created the Selenian Boondocks blog. Jon was a co-founder of Masten Space Systems, and is the founder and CEO of Altius Space Machines, a space robotics startup in Broomfield, CO. His family includes his wife, Tiffany, and five boys: Jarom (deceased), Jonathan, James, Peter, and Andrew. Jon has a BS in Manufacturing Engineering (1999) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering (2007) from Brigham Young University, and served an LDS proselytizing mission in Olongapo, Philippines from 2000-2002.
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6 Responses to Space Venture Finance Symposium

  1. Habitat Hermit says:

    Tangential to your post; have you gotten enough donations to go to the 2007 ISDC?

  2. Jon Goff says:

    Habitat Hermit,
    Good point. I need to write a blog post thanking everyone who donated. I’m getting my plane tickets this next week. 🙂


  3. Habitat Hermit says:

    That’s great ^_^ happy to hear it.

  4. Josh says:

    I don’t think I’ll be there this year, travel costs.

    Jon – I saw your picture in the paper today! Picking over rocket parts outside LA.

  5. Jon Goff says:

    Yup that was me! We were driving back from Space Access, and stopped in at a gas station. I stopped to look at the paper when I realized that they had run the article (our visit to Nortons was back in February or late January). It’s always cool having your name on the front page of the LA Times, especially if you didn’t have to marry/divorce/axe-murder an actor/actress to get there… 🙂


  6. adiffer says:

    We are sending our top guy to the symposium. The rest of us are chained to our desks producing the development and manufacturing plans. 8)

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