The dawn of a new industry or billionaires’ folly?

In 2001, Dennis Tito became the first “space tourist,” paying an estimated $20mm for a ride to the International Space Station (ISS) on a Russian Soyuz rocket. Twenty years later, space tourism has now hit the mainstream. Human spaceflight has always captured the public’s imagination and that was on full display the past few weeks as we watched Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin jockey to be the first to send their respective billionaire founder to space. …

A breakdown of the 89 early-stage space startups we’ve screened this past year.

I’m extremely fortunate to be leading Prime Movers Lab’s investments in the space sector in partnership with an incredibly talented team of technical partners (Christie Iacomini, Liz Stein, and Bryan Bauw) and a deep bench of venture partners and advisors (Chris Hadfield, Bulent Altan, and others).

This is a sector that’s seen a tremendous amount of activity over the past 18 months, driven by what will likely be over a dozen space companies announcing exits this year. This is in stark contrast to over a decade with only two notable exits by Virgin Galactic and Skybox. While many new investors…

My favorite podcast episodes from Q2 2021

Here’s my latest batch of podcast recommendations for your commute or summer road trip.

How I Built This: & Marc Lore

I found listening to Marc talk about building companies the equivalent of downing a double espresso — his passion for building huge, category-defining companies is infectious. He also has a unique view on fundraising, suggesting that companies should raise huge early rounds (i.e, $10mm+ Seed and $50mm+ Series A) to ensure that they can hire the very best people. It’s obviously not a fit for all startups but we did see how effective it can be with our co-investment with Marc in Archer.

‎The Tim Ferriss Show: Chip Wilson

I really enjoyed…

Why you should trust a Ukrainian (even if they don’t trust you back).

I was recently listening to a great podcast with renowned researcher and author Jim Collins. One of the topics that resonated with me was a lesson Jim received from his mentor and legendary Stanford professor, Bill Lazier, regarding a decision we all make regarding whether our default position when we interact with the world is trust or mistrust. Meaning when you meet someone new, do you start by assuming they are trustworthy and grant them the full benefits of that trust until they lose it, or do you assume people are untrustworthy until they earn your trust. As I reflected…

My journey to find the balance between the two.

In 2019, I attended my first Tony Robbins event, Unleash the Power Within. This event, and the others that followed, had a profound effect on how I view myself and the world around me. Tony likes to provide aphorisms to summarize lessons and leave you with something easy to remember to cue your memory. There were two particular sayings from that first event that really stuck with me because I agreed with them both but I also saw them in potential conflict with each other. …

The world’s most advanced SAR technology.

We are thrilled to announce that we are leading a financing round for Alpha Insights, to help them deliver the world’s most advanced, space-based Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) technology.

Space-based SAR allows operators to get highly detailed imaging data of Earth but unlike optical satellite imaging (e.g. Planet Labs) SAR works at night, through clouds, and through trees. Here is a helpful blog post that goes over how the technology works and why it’s so valuable: What is SAR?

Governments and defense organizations have been building and operating billion-dollar SAR satellites for decades because of these unique and valuable capabilities…

My favorite podcast episodes from Q1 2021

A few months ago I shared my favorite podcasts from 2020. It turned out that a lot of people are looking for podcast recommendations, so I’m going to make this a once-a-quarter tradition.

Rick Rubin Podcasts

Rick Rubin is my new hero so he gets his own dedicated section. Rick is a practical philosopher and legendary music producer who has worked with the likes of Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Adele, Slayer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Metallica, and countless other artists.

Rick’s gift is empowering artists to do their best work. He appears to do this by setting up an idyllic…

Learn about the top trends and technologies that investors and founders should know about cell-based meat.

In 2013, Dr. Mark Post of Maastricht University made the first cell-based beef burger patty. Utilizing advancements in synthetic biology and tissue engineering, Dr. Post was able to grow a patty composed of real cow muscle tissue using cow stem-cells. It took him two years to make and cost approximately $300,000. Since then, continued advancement in synthetic biology, tissue engineering, growth mediums, scaffolds, bioreactors and more have rapidly pushed down the cost to create cell-based meat. There are now dozens of funded startups pursuing the creation of mass-market cell-based meat.

The existing industrial livestock and seafood industry creates a myriad…

My favorite podcast episodes from 2020

I love podcasts. Over the past decade, they’ve overtaken books for me as my primary way to keep learning and growing. I listened to hundreds of podcasts this past year and I wanted to share some of my favorites.

The Tim Ferriss Show #487: Dr. Martine Rothblatt

Martine Rothblatt is a force of nature. A Musk-caliber founder and polymath. The story of how she left the satellite business to find a cure for her daughter’s terminal orphan disease is truly inspiring.

The Tim Ferriss Show #473: Naval Ravikant

Naval is my favorite “Silicon Valley” thought leader. I think about the…

How a founder’s behavior determines the speed of their company.

We’ve recently had a number of amazing new team members come on board which is always a good opportunity to get a fresh perspective on your company culture¹. One comment that keeps coming up is how fast we move and the sense of urgency we operate with. This is partially driven by exciting external events that demand it but it’s also our default internal state. If something non-urgent can be done next week or today, we always default to today. As our partner, Tony Robbins, often playfully says, “when would now be a good time?” …

Anton Brevde

I am a Partner at Prime Movers Lab where I source, diligence and lead investments in breakthrough scientific startups.

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