Just did some snooping on the interwebs for info on the principals of this startup. They're each in the biz, sort of, but hardly powerful players and certainly don't even have a fraction of the necessary funding
on their own.
Syed Karim Founder
- Karim is Director of Innovation at Media Development Investment Fund, a New York-registered not-for-profit corporation with 501(c)(3) public charity, which provides affordable financing
and business assistance to independent news outlets in challenging environments, and manages the investment process for Digital News Ventures, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MDIF that provides early stage equity financing
for news-related start-ups, with a particular interest in frontier markets. Additionally, Syed advises MDIF’s portfolio companies and clients on matters related to product development, digital operations, and technology strategy. Prior to joining MDIF, Syed led digital and strategic initiatives at Chicago Public Media and has previous experience at an international design consultancy, working in freelance digital product development, and has spent several years as a self-employed equities trader. He holds a B.A. in Social Entrepreneurship from Lake Forest College and will most likely never complete the two credits necessary to finish his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is based in Tennessee, USA.
Aaron Rogers Mission Engineering
- Rogers has fifteen years of experience in the analysis, design, manufacture, test, and flight operations of space and launch systems for numerous DoD, NASA, and commercial
programs. Aaron holds a B.S. in Aeronautics & Astronautics from MIT and an M.S. in Applied Physics from The Johns Hopkins University. Presently, Aaron serves as a Mission System Engineer
Manager, and Section Supervisor at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Prior to joining APL, Aaron held technical and management positions with AeroAstro and Lockheed Martin. He has authored multiple publications relating to small spacecraft systems and enabling technologies.
Ed Birrane Telecom Protocols
- Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory supervisor for a group of engineers and space ground segment subject matter experts. Responsible for staff planning, hiring, business/strategic/technical development, performance review, and oversight of supported projects. Work with subject matter experts to guide the next-generation ground segment architecture for future Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory missions. Member
and development selection committee within the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory Space Department. Annually select winning proposals from hundreds of internal submissions. Monitor
progress of awarded proposals quarterly. Principal investigator, subject matter expert, and/or technical performer for over a dozen flight, ground, and space-terrestrial inter-networking projects.
Branko Vukelic Software Developer
- Graphic designer
, web developer.