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 thatrevolutionize the ways that consumers, businesses, and governments make decisions in their day-to-day lives.
As a Co-Founder and the Executive Vice President & Chief Product Officer of Skybox Imaging, Berkenstock leads the vision, implementation, and delivery of revolutionary information products & services derived from timely satellite imagery. Previously, he 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.
Berkenstock is currently on leave from the Ph.D. program in Aeronautics & Astronautics at Stanford Universit...
Julian Mann is an aerospace engineer and entrepreneur originally from Ukiah, CA. He serves as a co-founder and vice president of product development at Skybox Imaging. His work in the aerospace industry has spanned a broad spectrum, including NASA's manned space program, where he worked conducting oversight and risk analysis on the Constellation program. Additionally he has spent several years advocating for the advancement of microsatellite technology throughout the industry.
Mann got his initial exposure to microsatellite technology through his activities at the Stanford Space Systems Development Lab (SSDL) where he conducted both his undergraduate and graduate research. Prior to Skybox, his focus on the commercialization and proliferation of microsatellite technology led him to found Astronautical Development, LLC, which specialized in nanosatellite engineering, and provided products and services to several US government agencies.
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"If you want to start a company, really think about what you want your life to be like for the next five years," says Dan Berkenstock, co-founder of Skybox Imaging. According to Berkenstock, and fellow co-founder Julian Mann, this means thoughtfully considering how big an opportunity you are willing to pursue and how much control you are willing to share.