Space Show Followup

Larry H Miller once told my class that “Entrepreneurs talk for a living”…If the transcript is anything to go by, there may be hope for me yet. 🙂

[Update: Here’s the link for any of you who didn’t get to listen in last night.]

I wasn’t expecting to get a half hour extension, but that was a lot of fun. Very, very draining though. Many thanks to David and The Space Show staff!

In spite of the extra time, there were a lot of topics that we weren’t able to go into, an unfortunately, some that I was supposed to go into I didn’t get a chance to really get into details. This was my first time on a national talk radio show, and it went by like a blur!

Tiff suggested that I ought to make a list of all the topics that I brought up that deserve further blogging. That way I can do them more justice here in print, and possibly clarify some of the more contentious points that were made. Without clarification, I’m sure some of what I said made me look like one of those “koolaid drinkin” alt.space fanboy sorts.

Anyhow, I’ll just make a short list, and hopefully I can get around to some of these in the next little bit:

  • Orbital propellant depot feasibility w/ and w/o SpaceX success
  • Orbital propellant depot considerations in general
  • Why I think there really might be price elasticity for some space markets
  • How to handle maintenance and repair of translunar and lunar lander RLVs
  • Feasibility of suborbital bulk microgravity materials processing
  • Oberstar and his impact on suborbital tourism, and what we can do
  • Latests updates on the Lunar Much Sooner architecture
  • My translunar tourism market idea
  • Solid non-fanboy reasons why I think that the next boots on the moon will be paying customers from a private space transportation company, and not NASA or the “Evil Chinese Communists”

Ok, I’m utterly exhausted. I was up until 1am last night making notes for the show, and was out working at the test site for a good chunk of the day. I’m beat.

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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.
Jonathan Goff

About Jonathan Goff

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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5 Responses to Space Show Followup

  1. Anonymous says:

    Most successful entrepreneurs listen for a living. The only ones who talk give self-help and investment seminars.

  2. Jon Goff says:

    Anonymous,
    I think the rest of Larry’s comment was that entrepreneurs have to convince others of their vision, and thus they’re always explaining themselves. He wasn’t implying that they didn’t listen at all. He was just saying that one of the biggest things entrepreneurs do is communication.

    And seeing as how Larry went from being a parts boy at an autoshop to owning one of the largest car sale empires in the Rockies (not to mention the Utah Jazz and several other ventures), I think he qualifies as a succesful entrepreneur. ;-P

    ~Jon

  3. James says:

    I guess its kinda like Steve Jobs’ Reality Distortion Field. Although, I don’t know whether or not you’d classify him as an entrepreneur?

  4. Michael Mealling says:

    umm… the man and his friend built the first Apple computer in their Cupertino garage. He also built NeXT and Pixar from nothing. So if anyone qualifies as an entrepreneur, Jobs does….

  5. adiffer says:

    8)

    No question about Jobs.

    From what I’ve seen the bulk of the talking the entrepreneur does is meant to convince others that the illusion (of a company) is real. When enough people believe it to be true, it is true and entrepreneur moves on. They sell a vision in exchange for belief.

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