So, last month I did a thing, and left Voyager to strike out on my own. If you follow me on Twitter, or LinkedIn, or Facebook, you probably already saw. For the near-term, I’ve founded Starbright Engineering LLC as a single-person part-time aerospace/startup consulting business. I’m using Starbright to help pay the bills while I explore other options for my next startup.
I have one idea that I’m exploring with a friend, which is a swing-for-the-fences concept that would take me away from aerospace for a while. It’s highly dependent on negotiating a licensing deal with one or two companies though, so I’d prefer not to go into details publicly yet. My goal is to get to a go/no-go decision on launching this new startup by the end of the summer. If we can negotiate a workable license, and the technology is as near-term as I think it may be, and if we can line up adequate funding to get started, this startup will definitely be a worthy place to invest the next decade of my career. And if we’re successful enough, it may loop back around to aerospace toward the end of that time period.
In the meantime, as I mentioned, I’ll be doing part-time consulting for aerospace and deeptech clients. If you’re interested in talking with me, drop me a line via my Starbright contacts page. I have a non-compete agreement with Voyager, and frankly wouldn’t want to directly compete with my friends companies anyway, so we’ll need to make sure that whatever I’d be doing doesn’t directly compete with anything the Voyager family is trying to do, but it’s often worth discussing to see if there’s a way to angle things to be complementary instead of competitive.
Also, I’m going to try an experiment during this exploratory phase — I’m hoping to be a little more active in blogging in the coming days, but I’m planning on posting blog posts that are professionally oriented on my Starbright Blog, and just posting a link over here on Selenian Boondocks. In the long-run if I decide to shut down Starbright, or if I decide that having yet another blog is a horrible idea, I’ll migrate everything back here. But for now we’ll leave Selenian Boondocks for more speculative posts, and leave more professional/policy-oriented posts for the Starbright blog.
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I wish I had the resources to buy some consulting time for curiosity even if not commercially viable. A whole list of things I think should work.
Per aspera ad astra. Wish you the best.
I wish you and your family the very best of luck with the new venture(s)… you’re a braver man than I, Jon 🙂
Thanks guys! I’m excited to see where this goes.