This episode was recorded live during South by Southwest at the SkyFi Summit, with leaders from SkyFi, Albedo, Umbra, and Firehawk Aerospace. Pathfinder #0039 is brought to you by Kepler Communications, a company bringing the internet to space—find out more here.
Today, we’re bringing you a live podcast from South by Southwest that was recorded Tuesday at the SkyFi Summit.
Pathfinder #0039 is brought to you by Kepler Communications, a company bringing the internet to space—find out more at www.kepler.space
Bear in mind that four guests at once is a new format for us, but the convo that follows is funny, fast-moving, and definitely worth your while. On-stage and speaking alongside Ryan were:
First, some news: This week, SkyFi said it has officially onboarded Umbra and Satellogic as imagery providers on its platform.
We chatted all things Earth observation: pain points, market potential, SAR, the sales process, regulation, analytics, and more. Ryan asked each exec whether the "smartest people in the room" cast aside their business idea as "impossible," and what proving them wrong looks like.
00:00:00—Intro and Kepler Ad
00:02:07—Live panel begins
00:03:22—Will, his prop, and Firehawk's hot fire
00:08:39—The status quo in EO
00:17:30—The smartest people in the room say it's impossible...chips on shoulders and proving the haters wrong
00:28:15—A word from Kepler
00:29:05—How do you decide who to partner with?
00:39:04—Predicting future products and capabilities
00:46:53—Q from social media: Could you product have found Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?
00:48:44—Audience Q: What are you doing around supplier diversity programs?
00:50:43—When will we get satellite imagery that's high-res and granular enough to see Bill Perkins wakesurfing on Lake Travis?
00:52:34—Close of show
Firehawk hot-fire: https://twitter.com/FirehawkAero/status/1630999186282872843?s=20
SkyFi partnership with Umbra: https://twitter.com/SkyfiApp/status/1635692914821955584?s=20
...and Satellogic: https://www.skyfi.com/blog/skyfi-announces-integration-with-satellogic-to-expand-earth-observation#main