Find out how we’re working toward living and working in space at TC Sessions: Space 2020

The idea of people going to live and work in space, outside of the extremely unique case of the International Space Station, has long been the strict domain of science fiction. That’s changing fast, however, with public space agencies, private companies and the scientific community all looking at ways of making it safe for people to live and work in space for longer periods – and broadening accessibility of space to people who don’t necessarily have the training and discipline of dedicated astronauts.

At TC Sessions: Space on December 16 & 17, we’ll be talking to some of the people who want to make living and working in space a reality, and who are paving the way for the future of both commercial and scientific human space activity. Those efforts range from designing the systems people will need for staying safe and comfortable on long spaceflights, to ideating and developing the technologies needed for long-term stays on the surface of worlds that are far less hospitable to life than Earth, like the Moon and Mars.

We’re thrilled to have Janet Kavandi from Sierra Nevada Corporation, Melodie Yashar from SEArch+, Nujoud Mercy from NASA and Axiom’s Amir Blachman joining us at TC Sessions: Space on December 16 &17 to chat about the future of human space exploration and commercial activity.

Janet Kavandi is Executive Vice President of Space Systems at the Sierra Nevada Corporation. She was selected as a NASA astronaut in 1994 as a member of the fifteenth class of U.S. astronauts. She completed three space flights in which she supported space station payload integration, capsule communications and robotics. She went on to serve as director of flight crew operations at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and then as director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center, where she directed cutting-edge research on aerospace and aeronautical propulsion, power and communication technologies. She retired from NASA in 2019 after 25 years of service.

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Melodie Yashar is a design architect, technologist, and researcher. She is co-founder of Space Exploration Architecture (SEArch+), a group developing human-supporting concepts for space exploration. SEArch+ won top prize in both of NASA’s design solicitations for a Mars habitat within the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge. The success of the team’s work in NASA’s Centennial Challenge led to consultancy roles and collaborations with UTAS/Collins Aerospace, NASA Langley, ICON, NASA Marshall, and others.

Nujoud Merancy is a systems engineer with extensive background in human spaceflight and spacecraft at NASA Johnson Space Center. She is currently the Chief of the Exploration Mission Planning Office responsible for the team of engineers and analysts designing, developing, and integrating NASA’s human spaceflight portfolio beyond low earth orbit. These missions include planning for the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, Space Launch System, Exploration Ground Systems, Gateway, and Human Landing System.

Amir Blachman is Chief Business Officer at Axiom, a pioneering company in the realm of commercializing space and building the first generation of private commercial space stations. He spent most of his career investing in and leading early stage companies. Before joining Axiom as the company’s first employee, he managed a syndicate of 120 space investors in 11 countries. Through this syndicate, he funded lunar landers, communication networks, Earth imaging satellites, antennae and exploration technologies.

In order to hear from these experts, you’ll need to pick up your ticket to TC Sessions: Space, which will also include video on demand for all sessions, which means you won’t have to miss a minute of expert insight, tips and trend spotting from the top founders, investors, technologists, government officials and military minds across public, private and defense sectors. There are even discounts for groups, students and military/government officials.

You’ll find panel discussions, interviews, fireside chats and interactive Q&As on a range of topics: mineral exploration, global mapping of the Earth from space, deep tech software, defense capabilities, 3D-printed rockets and the future of agriculture and food technology. Don’t miss the breakout sessions dedicated to accessing grant money. Explore the event agenda now and get a jump on organizing your schedule.

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How to find users willing to talk to you

I'm working on a two-sided marketplace and it's difficult to find users willing to talk. I know where one side of the marketplace is and have talked to a few users, but the other half is difficult. I've reached out to many folks on LinkedIn with no success. I've tweaked and refined the message to see what works and what doesn't with no luck. How do you go about this efficiently?

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Is “find a problem and solve it” able to explain all of billion dollar startups?

Just a small question. Aside from "find a problem and solve it" what are the methodologies to find viable statup product?

Like what did FB, Airbnb founders thought when they make those startups, did they think about their customer problems?

I'm interested in rigorous method to find viable Startup idea. (As rigorous as social science can be)

For background, I'm fullstack engineer (web,mobile mostly android,backend) in my early thirties trying to make a startup.(or should I find my co-founder first, some people do advise this one)

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Where can I find entrepreneurial people that are truly supportive and resourceful?

I am a 21-year-old university student. When I was in high school, there was such a puzzle: How to make meaningful connections with more energetic people? Don't get me wrong: my high school companions are amiable, but they all seem to accept that they are going to college and then try to get into the middle-class status and maintain it for a lifetime, get a house, get a car, and get married. Not that this lifestyle is wrong or anything, but they never even thought about any other possibilities.

I was admitted to NYU's finance major. The students here are more aggressive, self-centered, and generally have a bigger ego: but there are still not many people who really thought about becoming an entrepreneur. They typically pay more attention to lifestyle and consumerism: whether their job offers can afford their lifestyles.

I am not trying to join an student organization like the "Entrepreneur Club" or "Future Star Organization". This group of people seems a bit too opportunistic: they are addicted to participating in forums and meaningless competitions. Many people have different entrepreneurial directions every month (I don't think not having found an entrepreneurial path is a problem. There is no problem in admitting this and continuously looking for new opportunities, but it's weird to be an AI guy in week 1 and a clean energy advocate in week 2).

Besides, I am not that popular in student organizations: this is mainly because I don't hide my contempt for boring activities. To some extent, this also made me not interested in getting opportunities to meet more people in student organizations.

TL, DR: Is there some way/platform that can support me to connect with more people who have the opportunity to form meaningful connections with me? People that are full of energy, open-minded to ideas, passionate about building, and can't wait to achieve something together. (They don't have to all be entrepreneurs, it would be great if they are willing to discuss the possibilities of ideas sincerely).

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I can’t find a good enough problem to solve for someone on the internet.

I'm 18, from Bulgaria, I'm a programmer/tech guy and I've attempted to start startups before. My biggest mistake has always been building something that nobody wants. Fortunately, after many fails, books read and time wasted, I've learned my lesson. Now instead of looking for ideas, I'm trying to solve a problem for someone or improve something substantially that already exists.

I'm limited to making an impact only through my computer (internet). Bulgaria doesn't have the business culture, opportunities, and growth potential that I'm looking for and I don't have intentions of establishing myself here. Nevertheless, until I finish high school and move, I only have a computer to start a startup with.

Why do I want to start a startup now? Because schooling is online, I have time and I'm motivated to try the startup scene again. I've always been building things from an early age – from Minecraft servers to video games, to websites, etc. I want to try again and learn new things from the experience.

There's a part of me that's wondering if my time now (until I finish high school) is better spent learning things, reading, improving my programming skills, learning machine learning… and wait until I'm in the right environment to start a startup (where I can make real-life connections), or try to build a business now only through the internet and the connections I can form there. The benefit of the latter is that if I succeed, I'll be getting into the world with at least one source of income under my arm, and if I don't succeed, I will at least have gained more useful business insights and lessons. Give me your opinions and advice on that.

But I'm stuck. I don't know where to find problems to solve. I just can't come up with an idea that makes sense. I'm trying to read Reddit, look for frustrations there… How much time is it okay to spend looking for problems and things to improve?

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“Don’t wait around for a mentor to find you”: Interview with the CEO of Code First Girls, Anna Brailsford

It comes as little surprise that the tech sector is dominated by men. In a 2019 study exploring diversity, the percentage of women in the core-STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) workforce remained at just 24%. While the number marks an improvement on previous years, it highlights that there’s still a long way to go…

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Ideas On Where To Find App Developers?

Hi everyone,

I'm working with a Founder on building an app for female entrepreneurs, and we're looking to model the app after Etsy and Afterpay.

For anyone who would like to share, what are some best avenues to finding an app developer? I've tried using my student portal to see if any students would be open to developing the app, but I haven't received responses yet.

Thanks so much!

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