Category Archives: New Ventures

Orbit Fab Becomes First Startup to Supply Water to ISS, Paving the Way for Satellite Refueling

After not even two years of existence, startup Orbit Fab, using processes and equipment it developed itself, successfully supplied water to the International Space Station, a first for a private company. This technology demonstrated a vast area of application as the method can be used not only for water but for the other common propellants as well. This makes it possible to refuel satellites in orbit. Orbit Fab could be a key to true commercialization of space. Read More >> 

STARTUPS AIMS TO WIRELESSLY CHARGE INDUSTRIAL DRONES

Global Energy Transmission’s new drone recharging technology has a lot of value for the energy and infrastructure inspection industries. Indeed, the company’s new technology uses electromagnetic field to charge drones in flight. With a max power transfer rate of 12kW within a charging area of 8m, the Get Air system claims to have a transmission efficiency up to 80%. Leonid Plekhanov, founder of the firm believes that the wireless charging technology would be ideal for inspecting oil, gas pipeline infrastructures. The company is currently under a series of temporary waivers from the FCC and hopes to be approved to sell it to customers. Read More >>

How a blockchain startup with 1M users is working to break your Google habit

Google over the last decade has completely taken over the internet. Anyone or any company that has tried to put their stake in has immediately been shut down. However, Presearch, a 2017-founded, pro-privacy blockchain-based startup that’s using cryptocurrency tokens as an incentive to decentralize search hopes to loosen Google’s grip. As far as users, Presearch has just passed a million registered users — and says monthly active users for its beta are ~250k. For now, Google remains dominant in search but for how long can this dominance really last? Read More>>

How Squishy Robotics Created a Robot that can be Safely Dropped out of a Helicopter

The newest of the cadre of robots being deployed into extreme conditions comes out of UC Berkeley’s Skydeck Accelerator from a company named Squishy Robotics. Devin Coldewey of TechCrunch.com writes that the company went public recently at the Robotics + AI Sessions event hosted by TechCrunch, and that the inspiration for the company came from the need for on the ground reconnaissance of extreme situations where first responders can potentially lose their lives. The robot uses a proprietary “tensegrity structure” — technology based off of a complex web of cable-activated rods. Read More>>

If You Can Show Me These 7 Elements In Your New Venture Plan, You Are on the Road to Success

Many people have begun to voyeur in new venture creation in the past few years as the climate becomes increasingly favorable to entrepreneurs. A huge part of the improvement in market climate comes from the swelling ranks of venture capitalists (VC) looking to grow their capital with promising businesses. These VCs see a number of different entrepreneurs in their quest to invest. According to Martin Zwilling of Inc.com there are some key attributes that unite the entrepreneurs that obtain financial backing and differentiate them from the entrepreneurs that do not. How do a few very basic steps taken very early on in the venture planning process prepare a business to go to market and thrive? Read more>>

Seattle-area Earth Observation Satellite Factory LeoStella is Open for Business

For many people, when they are prompted to describe what they think the future will hold, they will respond with a common theme: space exploration. Our curiosity to learn about the planets in our solar system and ultimately the galaxy have led to huge initiatives by various companies to assemble technology that can traverse our universe. Less ostentatious but just as exciting to savvy business-people is the development of technologies that can be used closer to home, such as the small observation satellites being produced by the company LeoStella in Tukwila, Washington. According to an article by James Thorne of GeekWire.com, as soon as later this year LeoStella will be producing 110-330 pound telecommunication satellites for companies that need immediate and timely information via pictures. Could this technology be the differentiating factor between success and failure for businesses in a few years? Read more>>

HELP! I WANT TO PITCH VCs BUT DON’T WANT ANYONE STEALING MY IDEA

Two of entrepreneur’s biggest worries are how to acquire investors for funding and how to keep your business idea from getting stolen. Maynard Webb, longtime technology executive, investor, board member and best-selling author explains why you do not need to worry about getting your idea stolen and instead, the need to prioritize your time worrying about how to get investors. Sharing the right information about your big idea with Venture Capitalists and angel investors might just help to make or break the deal you have been waiting for. Read More>>

Subterranean drone mapping startup Emesent raises $2.5m to autonomously delve the deep

stope6Seemingly every industry is finding ways to use drones in some way or another, but deep underground it’s a different story. In the confines of a mine or pipeline, with no GPS and little or no light, off-the-shelf drones are helpless — but an Australian startup called Emesent is giving them the spatial awareness and intelligence to navigate and map those spaces autonomously. Read more>>