SP8CEVC's GPs Combine 10+ years of high hit-rate investing across space, flight, health & tech.

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Capt. Franz Almeida

Managing Partner - Space Lead

  • FAA Licensed Airline Transport Pilot with 5K+ hours of jet time in fourteen different types of aircraft and three Jet Type Ratings.
  • Founder of HUGY, a video-only connection product which pivoted to an AR, time and geo-centric networking platform - invited to Y Combinator and featured in TechCrunch SF 2017
  • Angel Investor in multiple companies since 2011 - typically via first checks
  • LP at Shrug Capital, Angel via Abstract by Flight.VC, AngelList & SeedInvest
  • Angel at Angels & Entrepreneurs with Niel Patel & Shark Tank's Robert Herjavec
  • Studied at Harvard Business School HBX for business
  • Currently Enrolled in the Next Cohort of the Wharton-Venture Capital Executive Program Scheduled for 2021

Junaid Mian, RPh

Managing Partner - Longevity Lead

  • Practicing pharmacist for 20+ years
  • Former floor trader at the New York Board of Trade
  • Angel investor in 25+ diverse companies since 2013
  • Venture Deals grad - a VC course sponsored by Kauffman Fellows and Techstars
  • Won global challenge by Greater Boston Food Bank as part of Harvard Business School Online NYC chapter
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Joining forces to build the fund of the future

Franz and Junaid met at their local HBS chapter in NYC and immediately connected over their passions for two unique yet synergistic industries - Space Technology and Human Longevity - that have NEVER been brought together before in a fund.

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Joining forces to build the fund of the future

Franz and Junaid met at their local HBS chapter in NYC and immediately connected over their passions for two unique yet synergistic industries - Space Technology and Human Longevity - that have NEVER been brought together before in a fund.

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Our advisors are industry-leading voices in
space technology

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Amy Kabaria

Space Advisor

Accomplished space-industry expert with top-tier sector experience.

  • Attorney with deep exposure to aeronautics, cybersecurity, blockchain technologies
  • Strong background in the complex technical and regulatory demands of the space and longevity verticals
  • Two American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics publications relating to her experience at the Hypersonic Airbreathing Propulsion Branch of the NASA Langley Research Center
  • Bachelor's degree from Harvard, Masters in Public Policy from Harvard, J.D. from University of Michigan Law School

Steve Brody

Senior Space Technical Advisor

MIT-educated "rocket scientist" (Astronautics), experienced in government (NASA), the private sector, and academia.

  • International Space University (ISU) Vice President for No. American Operations (ret. Jan. 2020); current ISU Faculty Member -- Topics: Lessons-Learned from NASA missions, the Role of Space for K-12 Education, and more.
  • Oversight of NASA advanced technology investments and space science missions (Lunar Prospector, Deep Impact, Kepler, SOFIA Airborne Observatory); Intl Space Station technical project management and overseas liaison.
  • Participant in the first NASA-sponsored Space Settlements summer study.
  • Fellow, American Astronautical Society; Associate Fellow, AIAA; Member, Space & Satellite Professionals International, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington Space Business Roundtable, and more.
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Robert Whearty

Risk Advisor in Space Technology

  • Proven ability to understand the engineering basis and risks in space-based equipment and missions, while at the same time translating this into commercial, financial and business terms for executive management and other stakeholders.
  • Senior risk management business leader with in-depth engineering/technical background, and extensive business development, financial, and operational experience.
  • Expert in all aspects of satellite design, construction, launch and in-orbit operation.
  • Proven ability to understand the engineering basis and risks in space-based equipment and missions, while at the same time translating this into commercial, financial and business terms for executive management and other stakeholders.
  • Lead business developer and an insurance broker for highly capital-intensive orbital satellites with a high risk/reward ratio. Adept at creating accurate and actionable financial models to support multi-million-dollar decisions.

Human longevity

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Dr. Aubrey de Grey

Biomedical Gerontologist

Dr. Aubrey is an anti-aging scientist, academic and communicator who is a regular guest speaker at conferences and public events

  • Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation
  • VP of New Technology Discovery at AgeX Therapeutics
  • Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research
  • Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association
  • Sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organizations

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Longevity Tech Advocate

  • Founder of Fight Aging!, a leading voice in the longevity biotechnology and patient advocacy communities
  • Co-founder and CEO of Repair Biotechnologies
  • Presenter at numerous conferences
  • Active angel investor in the rejuvenation biotechnology space
  • Leads and aids non-profit fundraising to support research programs focused on rejuvenation via repair of molecular damage in old tissues.
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and Venture capital

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Matthew Murphy

VC

Partner at Montage Ventures a VC firm with a focus on Fintech, Health Care and the Future of Retail.

  • Former roles include Global VP of Renren and CMO for Renren's Real Estate Technology Group,
  • Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of Lemon.com, a mobile wallet solution acquired by LifeLoc
  • GM of Bling Nation
  • CMO at Chegg
  • Head of Advertising & Media at E*TRADE Financial where he won numerous awards

Zachary Wang

VC

Co-Founder and President at First Wall Street Family Office

  • Previously Director of Investments at Alpha Square Group, a New York based multi-family office investment fund, where he led private investments in mid and late-stage US technology and healthcare companies
  • Prior to Alpha Square, Zach helped launch a venture investment platform for a large private Chinese asset manager in Silicon Valley. He has also worked at a tech-focused growth and buyout private equity fund in New York.
  • MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelors in Finance from Ohio State University
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Our Venture Partner in Space and Longevity

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Gary C. Hudson

Venture Partner

Mr. Hudson is an aerospace engineer, investor, serial entrepreneur, philanthropist and co-author of numerous engineering papers, and co-inventor of several patents. He has interests in both aging-longevity research and business as well as commercial space including launch vehicle and spacecraft design.

  • Founder of several launch vehicle ventures; former CEO of Rotary Rocket Company, Air Launch LLC and Transformational Space Corporation.
  • Current Executive Chairman and co-founder of Oisin Biotechnologies, Inc. and OncoSenX, Inc.
  • Current President and Trustee of the Space Studies Institute.
  • Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
  • Holder of Aviation Week "Laurel" Award for Space and inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame (as honorary member of the DC-X project team).

The SP8CEVC Value Proposition

Besides a check, we bring value in knowing what NOT to do. We also have connections to human capital providers and relevant governmental bodies.

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We know what we're looking for

Clear thesis in our core areas of expertise, with central advisory figures from NASA, SENS Research Foundations all as a value-add for our founders and our LP's.

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We know where to look for it

We have a network of co-investors at different stages, in addition to having connections at Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, Stanford, UCI, UCLA, UCSD, UCSB, USC, Space Engineering Research Center, Caltech, & the Claremont Colleges.

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We add value

The founders we work with benefit from 20+ years of our successes - and failures!

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We mitigate risk

Our approach includes regulatory risk management criteria - for regulated markets, only business with advanced-stage products that have met relevant regualtory hurdles will be considered.

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We know what we're looking for

Clear thesis in our core areas of expertise, with central advisory figures from NASA, SENS Research Foundations all as a value-add for our founders and our LP's.

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We add value

The founders we work with benefit from 20+ years of our successes - and failures!

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We know where to look for it

We have a network of co-investors at different stages, in addition to having connections at Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, Stanford, UCI, UCLA, UCSD, UCSB, USC, Space Engineering Research Center, Caltech, & the Claremont Colleges.

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We mitigate risk

Our approach includes regulatory risk management criteria - for regulated markets, only business with advanced-stage products that have met relevant regualtory hurdles will be considered.