Investing in SpaceTech
Startups that bring sci-fi down to Earth
Join OurCrowd and a group of distinguished experts, including former US National Security Advisor Lieut. Gen. H.R. McMaster and leading space venture investor Mark Boggett, discuss the part SpaceTech will play in the not-so-distant future.
– Stephen Kitay, Senior Director, Microsoft Azure Space
– H.R. McMaster, Lieutenant General
– Mark Boggett, CEO and Co-Founder, Seraphim Space fund
– Raz Itzhaki, Co-Founder and CEO, NSLComm
– Adam Kaplan, Co-Founder and CEO, Edgybees
– Jon Medved, Founder and CEO, OurCrowd
January 24, 2022
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Senior Director, Microsoft Azure Space,
Senior Director, Microsoft Azure Space
Stephen Kitay co-leads Microsoft’s efforts to connect Azure with the space sector. The rapid advances in commercial, government and international space capabilities provides a unique opportunity to both enable the space industry through the power of Azure and leverage these space services for Azure customers. Stephen and the Azure Space team are developing capabilities and services to extend connectivity across the world, simulate digital space environments, discover new insights, and drive innovation both on the ground and in orbit.
Prior to Microsoft, Stephen served in the United States Government, most recently as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy where he had a key leadership role in the establishment of the U.S. Space Force. He has also held a range of positions in the Air Force, Intelligence Community and Capitol Hill. Stephen has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of West Florida.
H. R. McMaster is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is also the Bernard and Susan Liautaud Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute and lecturer at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He serves as the Japan Chair at the Hudson Institute and Chairman of the Center for Political and Military Power at the Foundation for Defense of Democracy. He was the 26th assistant to the president for National Security Affairs. McMaster served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years after graduation from West Point. He holds a PhD in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author of Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World and Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Lies that Led to Vietnam. He is host of the podcast Battlegrounds: International Perspectives on Crucial Challenges to Security and Prosperity.
CEO and Co-Founder,
Seraphim Space Fund
CEO and Co-Founder
Seraphim Space Fund
Mark is co-founder and CEO of Seraphim a space focused investment firm based in London. The group includes Seraphim Space LP, the world’s first VC fund focused on space, management of Seraphim Space Investment Trust Plc, a $300m growth fund listed on London Stock Market and Seraphim Space Camp an Accelerator focused on global space startups. Seraphim has a portfolio of more than 60 space companies and is the most prolific investor in the sector globally.
Co-Founder and CEO,
Co-Founder and CEO
An expert in the fields of nanosatellites and algorithms with over two decades of experience, Raz has managed multiple satellite programs, integrating various satellites and sub-systems on Israeli satellites. Before opening NSLComm, Raz established the nanosatellite department of Israel Aerospace Industries, a global leader in developing aerospace technology. There, he was responsible for the initiation of multiple nanosatellite programs. Raz was also the CEO of INSA, the Israeli Nano Satellite Association.
Raz is married and is a father of two daughters.
Co-Founder and CEO,
Co-Founder and CEO
Adam Kaplan is the Co-Founder and CEO of Edgybees. He is a serial entrepreneur who founded two startups that were sold to larger companies. Prior to founding Edgybees, Adam was SVP Business Development at an emerging enterprise storage scaleup, Primary Data. He came to Primary after it acquired Tonian, a startup he co-founded and led as CEO at the time of acquisition. Prior to Tonian, Adam held VP Sales roles in cybersecurity and enterprise software companies, opening several offices in SE Asia and building business development and sales teams for complex B2B product lines. He co-founded genomics data startup Xennex, which he and a co-founder bootstrapped until its acquisition by publicly-traded BioTime. Adam started his career in early stage companies as the first US employee for AtHoc, where he helped ink their first commercial deals. AtHoc grew to a large company and recently was acquired by Blackberry.
Jonathan Medved is a serial entrepreneur and according to the Washington Post (2007) “one of Israel’s leading high-tech venture capitalists.” In the 2008 NY Times Supplement “Israel at 60" Medved was named one of the top 10 most influential Americans who have impacted Israel. Medved is the founder and CEO of OurCrowd, the world’s largest equity crowdfunding platform for accredited investors which has raised more than $1B for over 170 companies since its launch in February 2013. Bloomberg Businessweek said that OurCrowd “has blown up the exclusivity around tech fundraising” and The Jerusalem Post added that “It has taken OurCrowd only a matter of months to become one of Israel’s most active funds.” TheStreet.com said that OurCrowd is “Crowdfunding for Real Investors.” Prior to OurCrowd, Medved was the co-founder and CEO of Vringo (Nasdaq:VRNG) and the co-founder and General Partner of Israel Seed Partners, with $262M under management.