The Business of Space Interview Series

What Is the Background of Space for Humanity’s Top Management?

Dylan Taylor - Founder

Dylan Taylor is a leading angel investor, thought leader, futurist, and founding partner of Space Angels, a global network of commercial aerospace investors and entrepreneurs. As an early-stage investor in more than 40 emerging ventures, including Planet, OmniEarth, Accion, York, Kepler, and Vector Space, Dylan has played a key role in the growth of the private space industry. Dylan’s technical background, global business experience and unbridled passion for space make him a unique figure in the world of NewSpace investing. He regularly speaks and writes about the future of the space economy and is sought after by the media for his expertise in the financial aspects of space investing as well as industry dynamics. Underlying Dylan’s passion for space, however, is his fundamental belief in its power to unify humanity. Space exploration, from his point of view, can bring people together by highlighting the arbitrary nature of boundaries we create–geographic, ideological, and otherwise. In 2016, Dylan founded Space for Humanity, a global non-profit that strives to both democratize space as well as to demonstrate the power of space to raise human awareness to help solve the world’s most intractable problems. Dylan is a leading advocate of space manufacturing and the utilization of in-space resources to further space exploration and settlement. In 2017 he became the first private citizen to manufacturer an item in space when the gravity meter he co-designed and commissioned was 3D printed on the International Space Station. The item currently resides at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. For his influence as a global leader and his commitment to having a positive impact on the world, Dylan has been honored with a number of personal and professional accolades in recent years. The World Economic Forum recognized Dylan as a Young Global Leader in 2011 and he was named a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2014. Taylor is also a Delphi Fellow for Big Think, a digital knowledge forum that brings together top thinkers from around the world to collaborate and share ideas. Dylan is also Co-Founding Patron of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. Taylor earned an MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago and holds a BS in Engineering from the honors college at the University of Arizona where he graduated Tau Beta Pi and was President of the Engineering College. In 2013 he attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century program at Harvard University.

Rebecca Schaeffer - Executive Director

Rebecca Schaeffer is a conscientious problem solver and global humanitarian leader. With a background in non-profit management and U.S. refugee resettlement, Rebecca has served as a dedicated advocate giving voice to the world’s most vulnerable populations. She has successfully reunited hundreds of displaced refugee families and administered U.S. government funding for millions of displaced persons around the globe. Rebecca holds a B.S. in International Relations from Beloit College and is a current MBA student at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She is a 2016 Forté Fellow, and attended the International Summer School in Forced Migration at the University of Oxford in 2011. Rebecca is experienced in growing nascent non-profits efficiently and effectively to scale. She is passionate about space and its ability to unify humanity toward a brighter future.

More information on Space for Humanity Board Members, Strategic Advisors, and Technical Advisors is available at www.spaceforhumanity.org

What Is Space for Humanity’s Core Product or Service and Its Unique Proposition to Their Market Sector?

Space for Humanity's core mission is to change the world by changing the perspective of everyday citizens. Space for Humanity will accomplish this by selecting diverse groups of individuals to receive all expenses paid voyages to the edge of space, and beyond. We are a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit that will use private donations, sponsorships, and grant funding to support these life-changing missions. The Space for Humanity Ambassadors who are selected for these transformative voyages will contribute to improving our world by becoming advocates for the growth of the commercial space industry and for humanity at large. In this way, we hope to do our small part to help take our species forward toward a brighter future.

What Are Space for Humanity’s Growth Objectives over the next 5 Years?

We are now accepting applications for our first mission in 2018. Our longer term vision is to send selected groups into Low Earth orbit by 2022, the moon by 2027, and deep space by 2030. We are on pace to send over 10,000 people of diverse backgrounds from all over the world into space over the next 10 years.

What Competitive Changes Does Space for Humanity Envisage Within Key Markets over the next 5 Years?

We envision the next 5 years as being a key turning point in the history of space travel. Not only will commercial technology open up possibilities yet to be imagined, but the world will be crossing a critical threshold, where non-astronauts will be able to travel to space on daily basis. In this context, Space for Humanity's mission is to democratize space and increase human awareness to help the world solve its most intractable problems.

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