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.