[palo alto?, ca]
intro’d to Dan here:
The world is one big dataset. Now, how to photograph it …
oct 2013 ted@bcg san fran
We’re all familiar with satellite imagery, but what we might not know is that much of it is out of date. That’s because satellites are big and expensive, so there aren’t that many of them up in space. As he explains in this fascinating talk, Dan Berkenstock and his team came up with a different solution, designing a cheap, lightweight satellite with a radically new approach to photographing what’s going on on Earth.
Dan Berkenstock and his team at Skybox Imaging are rethinking how to take photographs from space.
Dan is co-founder of skybox imaging, from his bio on their site:
Dan Berkenstock is an entrepreneur and engineer from Chicago, IL with a healthy respect for the risks & rewards of doing business in space. He is also fascinated by scalable and novel data streams that revolutionize the ways that consumers, businesses, and governments make decisions in their day-to-day lives.
As Executive Vice President & Chief Product Officer, Dan leads the vision, implementation, and delivery of revolutionary information products & services derived from timely satellite imagery. Previously, Dan was the founding CEO of Skybox. In this role he led the company from inception: raising $21M in equity financing from leading silicon valley venture capitalists, building the team to 50, obtaining the company’s NOAA operating license, and overseeing the design & successful critical design review of SkySat-1.
Dan is currently on leave from the Ph.D. program in Aeronautics & Astronautics at Stanford University, where he also received his Master’s degree. Prior to co-founding Skybox, Dan researched optimal design methods for spacecraft in the Advanced Supercomputing Division of NASA’s Ames Research Center. Dan has also worked as a counterproliferation analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, developing methods to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.