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Why space?

The space industry today has great relevance to how we live, and will continue to play a part in our future economy.

Satellite navigation, for example, has not only made it easier to figure out how to get from Point A to Point B, but has also created value for an entire generation of companies, from location-specific services like Google Maps, to the tools that power modern logistics, agriculture, finance, and retail businesses. 

Another shift is taking place, sparked by rapidly improving Earth-observation (EO) and communications satellites, and the creation of tools that will democratize this data for all kinds of business, environmental, and philanthropic uses. These satellite constellations will provide truly global internet connectivity, which will power the automated systems that will reshape many industries. They’ll also enable the collection of new types of data that will drive increasingly powerful and specific business insights.

The biggest opportunities and challenges over the next century will transcend regions, cultures, and boundaries. Space provides a platform to deliver solutions that reach planet-wide.

students, jobseekers, employers

What’s Space Talent?

Space Talent is a free career platform and central resources hub built for the global ecosystem of companies at the intersection of space and tech. Started in 2019, we connect jobseekers with hiring managers by centralizing career opportunities in one easy-to-search location, our Job Board, and by managing a curated network of incredible talent. We’re also a destination for resources and insights into the space industry and opportunities for careers within it.

students, jobseekers

How do I submit a pitch?

Space Talent provides access to technology platforms that enable anyone to create a business at the intersection of space and tech. Utilize our partnership discounts to get started on early product development and once your pitch deck is complete, anyone can submit for potential funding via Space Talent. Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis and if your pitch is accepted, Space Talent will provide companies the opportunity to receive up to $1.5M in funding from Space Capital and our affiliates. 

To submit a pitch, review the full details of the Space Talent Open Pitch here. Please provide the following information when you submit your form:

  • Pitch deck
  • Product prototype like drawing/mockup, wireframes, or alpha product
employers

Why should I create a company profile?

By creating a company profile, Space Talent automatically posts open job opportunities from your company’s career page and lists them on our centralized searchable job board to make it easy for top talent to find you. You will also receive access to our curated network of high-quality candidates, sourced and vetted by experts, to make it easy for you to proactively recruit. All of these services are completely free.

Eligible companies must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Founded after 2000
  • Raised >$1M USD in equity investment
  • Business or technology enabled by space
  • Host an active careers page
jobseekers

I work in tech, is there an opportunity for me?

Yes, companies within the space ecosystem require experienced tech professionals with backgrounds in software and business.

For context, the development and innovation across space technology stacks follows a similar evolution to internet, cloud, and blockchain stacks. Early on, companies build the full stack in-house; there is no specialization; businesses are expensive to start and hard to scale, and innovation remains limited. Over time, specialization and economies of scale help reduce upfront costs, centralized resources are designed to scale, and low-cost experimentation and innovation flourishes.

Space is undergoing this rapid transformation across Launch, Communications, Earth Observation and Position/Navigation, and there are opportunities across the stacks depending on your skills and interests.

Infrastructure: If you are hardware-focused, there are opportunities to get involved at the infrastructure/data layer. Companies that operate here have a close physical proximity to space and include rockets, satellites, sensors, and radars. Examples of companies include Ursa Major Technologies, ICEYE, Oxford Space Systems, and LeoLabs.

Distribution/Middleware: If your expertise is integrating hardware and software, building scalable distribution, and making information more accessible, then you should consider companies developing middleware. Examples of companies in this area include MapBox, SkyWatch, Picterra, and Isotropic Systems.

Applications: If your talent is manipulating data and building software solutions for specific industries and use-cases, there is an exponential opportunity waiting for you here. From location-based services to global internet, and persistent monitoring of the Earth, the only limit to the number of applications is your creativity. Examples of companies include Uber, Niantic, FluroSat, and DataPlor.

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What’s the difference between early, growth, late, and public companies?

The various stages of a company’s life-cycle reflect the relative risk of the business including capital raised, technical and operational milestones achieved, customer traction, size of the team, and financial performance. As a proxy for these variables, Space Talent classifies the stage of a company based on their financing history:

  • Early: Pre-seed through Series A
  • Growth: Series B through D
  • Late: Series D or later
  • Public: Company is listed on a public exchange
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Why should I join the Talent Network?

By joining the Talent Network, you gain direct access to the hiring managers at the companies listed on the Job Board. You can let them know what type of opportunities you're looking for and why you are a standout hire.  Also, we are growing the number of internship opportunities listed on our job board.


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How do I get started in the space-tech industry?

For students, there are a variety of organizations that can provide you with ways to get involved in space. Click here to read more.

For entrepreneurs, we would like to provide you with the opportunity to start your company. To help you do this, we will provide access to tools and our partners. Click here to learn more.

For jobseekers, our Job Board will show all opportunities across companies that intersect between space and tech, so check it out here.

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Where can I find internship opportunities?

Internships are the best way to learn about the space industry and to gain experience. Click here to read about some of the best opportunities for internships. Also, please check the job board for internship opportunities including our summer Space Capital internship.

students, jobseekers, employers

How do I contact Space Talent?

Get in touch to learn more about our work and how you can get involved. If you want to join the Talent Network, click here. If you want to list your company or claim your company profile, click here.

Otherwise, if you have any questions, please contact info@spacetalent.org

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Why are there jobs on the Job Board that aren’t traditionally jobs in space technology?

Space-based technologies are the building blocks of many companies, not just traditional space companies focused on satellites and launch. The Space Talent Job Board recognizes the broad spectrum of opportunities and provides access to this great range of careers for jobseekers.

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What are the different segments within space?

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Will my employer be able to view my profile?

Only the companies listed on the Job Board are part of the Talent Network. If your employer is a company listed on Space Talent, you have the option to make your profile "Public" or "Private" when signing up.

  • Public members will be searchable by all companies listed on the Job Board.
  • Private members can request introductions to companies, but won't show up in a search from a company manager.

Please note that visibility settings can be changed at any time within your profile.

employers

My company is offering an internship, can it be listed on the Job Board?

If you would like to add your internship to the Job Board, please contact us at info@spacetalent.org

employers

Can my company contribute to the Resource section of Space Talent?

We would love to partner with other companies on information that can help those looking for opportunities within the space-tech industry. Please reach out to justus@spacetalent.org on potential contributions.

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What about privacy?

Space Talent is supported by Getro, which manages all data associated with the Job Board and Talent Network. You can review their Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Cookie Policy here.

employers

How do I become a supporting partner of Space Talent?

We would love to partner with other people and companies within the space-tech industry. Please reach out to justus@spacetalent.org on potential contributions.

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