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Cold Star Project

Cold Star Project

By Jason Kanigan
The Cold Star Project digs into the challenges of scaling fast that tech and Space manufacturing founders encounter. Money does not solve all problems--so what now? Listen in to discover what scaling problems you'll be running into soon, and get a serious advantage in starting to solve them before they run you over!
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Eric Felt - What's New At The AFRL Space Vehicles Directorate? - Cold Star Project S02E72
Col. Eric Felt is the Director at Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate. He is also one of 49 Air Force Research Lab, Phillips Research Site officers selected to join the United States Space Force. With host Jason Kanigan on the Cold Star Project, Col. Felt discusses: Regarding the State of the Space Industry 2020 Report that you were one of the four main signatories of, what were your biggest takeaways from both the process of developing this report and the concluding product? How would you recommend space industry folks (civilians included) make use of it? What is the focus of the Space Vehicles Directorate; what do you believe are the necessary elements to a plan for keeping American capabilities and effectiveness ahead of our geopolitical opponents? We at least have something of a handle on space situational awareness in Earth orbit. But in CisLunar space, also called XGEO, what are your plans for space domain awareness? (track, ID, characterize), and what relevant technologies should commercial companies be developing/looking into? Do you have any plans to work on satellite autonomy, or are any current projects being run under your administration that you can discuss? You just broke ground on a new AFRL Deployable Structures Lab (deployable carbon antennas and solar panels) $4-million, 7,000+ square foot laboratory, which continues the work of the Spacecraft Component Technology Center of Excellence. What kind of missions will development of high strain composites enable? Tell us about the SSPIDR “spider” project (some of the first experiments to be run at the lab) and the capabilities it will bring to Space Force.    State of the Space Industry 2020 Report summary with Dr. Gordon Roesler, link to the report in the description of that video:   Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate website:   Get new episodes directly in your inbox: Talk to Cold Star:
November 24, 2020
Nigel Gibson - How Can Effective Executive Search Help Founders In The Space Industry? - CSP S02E71
Gibson Professional Search founder Nigel Gibson is on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan he's sharing how his executive search firm helps space companies grow faster and with fewer hiring mistakes.    Nigel had a sales & marketing executive career in broadcasting, satellite communications and telecom prior to starting his own satellite communication, telecom and media executive search firm over five years ago. Jason asks:   I’m sure revenue growth was a key performance indicator in those roles. What other KPIs carry across to your activities now?  What did you discover as important or valuable in team dynamics, which impacted your candidate screening and hiring decisions?  What do you believe you bring to the space and satcoms industry as a professional search firm? What advantages do you bring your clients?  In their words, why do they hire you? What problem are you solving for them?   Describe your process: what are the most important factors for candidate screening that you use? Why have you settled upon these?   what are the stages you go through with a client? How do you know when you’ve reached the next step?  what do space and satcoms founders typically miss as important in getting the right pool of candidates together, and screening for hire? in my experience, posting a Want Ad and interviewing are tasks often pushed to the bottom of the pile by executives. They wait until they feel “ready” or the organization is at the breaking point before taking action. What have you found to be the case? if you could pre-screen potential clients to come to you with one idea about recruiting or executive search already in their heads… what would that be?    Gibson Professional Search website:   Cold Star Tech and its representatives did not and will not receive any compensation for this interview. We provide this conversation as important free information we believe businesspeople need to know.    Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
November 19, 2020
Nicholas Loise - How Do Founders Stumble And What Is The Antidote? - Cold Star Project
Sales Performance Team founder Nicholas Loise is back on the Cold Star Project because we have to have a conversation about founders. Why do founders stumble, and what is the antidote?   If you find yourself as a founder or CEO getting distracted, off target, and not achieving the goals you know you need to be reaching, listen in.   Nick Loise email at Sales Performance Team:   Nick Loise phone number: 847-720-4264    Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell book on Amazon (NOT an affiliate link):  Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
November 13, 2020
Domenic Battistella - How Should Space Startup Founders Handle Insurance And Risk? - CSP S02E70
In my many discussions with space founders I have found that knowledge of and attention on how to handle insurance and risk issues as a startup is missing. When I met with NY Life agent and financial services professional Domenic Battistella, I knew we had to get this important yet easy-to-miss information out to founders. Domenic is also the lead community organizer and sponsor for 1 Million Cups RTP, and a chef.   Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan asks Domenic Battistella: what are some of the primary insurance and risk management concerns that founders should be aware of? what does Key Person insurance mean and why should startup companies focus on this? what does Directors & Officers Liability (D&O) mean and what does it cover? what are the four exit strategies and what should founders be considering about them the moment they decide to open their business? when should founders be thinking about benefits? how did you find yourself in this speciality?    Contact info for Domenic Battistella:  Financial Services Professional Agent, New York Life Insurance Company  Registered Representative offering securities through NYLIFE Securities LLC (member FINRA/SIPC), A Licensed Insurance Agency   4140 Parklake Ave. Suite 450 Raleigh, NC 27612   Phone 919-443-9320   Book an appointment  email    Cold Star Tech and its representatives did not and will not receive any compensation for this interview. We provide this conversation as important free information we believe businesspeople need to know.    1 Million Cups RTP website:   Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
November 12, 2020
Aaron Burnett- How Is Crowdsourced Investing Via Spaced Ventures Helping Space Industry?- CSP S03E13
Spaced Ventures co-founder Aaron Burnett is on the Cold Star Project to share how providing this platform for crowdsourced investment in space companies helps the industry grow. Host Jason Kanigan asks Aaron: Explain the value you believe you’re bringing to the space community with SV What was the experience of building the platform like? What have you learned and what is the most surprising thing you’ve experienced since the SV launch? Who are your ‘target users’? Tell us about your process, and any adjustments you’ve had to make What money levels are we talking about here? And time frames?    Spaced Ventures website:   Interview with Spaced Ventures co-founder J. Brant Arseneau: Get new episodes directly in your inbox: Talk to Cold Star:
November 10, 2020
Hub Urlings - What Is The Promise of IoT In Space? - Cold Star Project S02E69
What developments have there been in the Internet of Things with regards to the space industry? As smallsat and launch costs continue to fall, what promise does the IoT bring to space? Hub Urlings of the M2sat IoT Lab and Ceryx Projects is with host Jason Kanigan on the Cold Star Project to explain. We cover: what "Satellite IoT is" for the layperson, and what capabilities it brings for what user bases what the best use case is for Satellite IoT and its impact  Hub's vision for the Satellite IoT Lab Hub's biggest takeaway from working on the Inmarsat-C project in the 90s as a product manager    M2sat website:  Wikipedia article on Inmarsat-C:   Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
November 5, 2020
Nicholas Moran - Tank Research with The Chieftain - Cold Star Project S02E68
Nicholas Moran aka The Chieftain is World of Tanks' Director, Military Relations and technical advisor, and has been so for the past nine years. In an industry where advisors are typically discarded immediately after the game releases, this is astonishing longevity--and farsightedness on the part of the developer. Nicholas is also a military historian. Following his release of a video looking at the development of Soviet tank doctrine during the interwar period, host Jason Kanigan of the Cold Star Project invited Nicholas to be on the show. Major Moran is an active officer in the Texas Army National Guard, and has been deployed to field postings.   Questions for Nicholas Moran:   * World of Tanks let’s begin with a quick summary of your role with WoT: what do you do and how do you go about doing it? what represents “good evidence” in tank research to you? Do you “know it when you see it” or is there a more objective standard? Are there layers of verifiability or reliability? * Soviet armor doctrine video in what places did you find the info, and how did you go about organizing it?   * National Archives at College Park where is it, what’s the process of accessing it, how do you know when you’ve got something good out of a box? if you could go back to say 1930 and alter one thing (practice, numbering system?) of the Dept. of the Army / Ordnance Branch to be followed throughout the next two decades, what would it be?   * Crawling around on tanks when you’re taping off squares of outer surfaces and then taking pictures of it, how does that help the game model designers? How do they translate that graphed image into a 3D model? what’s the worst case of divergence from a manual to reality (in armor thickness, or some other change) you’ve encountered? -what have been the easiest and the most difficult AFV hatch exits for you? have you considered keeping a running “banged shin” count from getting in and out of armored fighting vehicles?    Presentations discussed in this interview:   The Unknown Impact of Albert Kahn On Industrial Architecture:  Dr. Andy Aldrin's interview on how the Soviets beat the Americans into space:  Major Moran's discussion of Soviet armor doctrine development in the interwar period:   The Chieftain YouTube channel:  The Chieftain Facebook page:  Archives article:   Can Openers book (NOT an affiliate link): Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
October 22, 2020
Bryne Hadnott - PostGrad And Working In The Space Industry (at BlackSky) - Cold Star Project S02E67
Bryne Hadnott has quite the resume...currently Image Processing Engineer for BlackSky; Past graduate student researcher at NASA JPL; Masters degree in Planetary Science at Johns Hopkins; Worked on doctorate at Cornell then Johns Hopkins; Research Assistant at the Gund Institute of Ecological Economics; and Undergraduate degree in Planetary Science at Washington University in St. Louis.  On the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan, Bryne discusses what it's like postgrad and working in the space industry. Jason asks: As far as I know there isn’t a career path laid out for scientists who want to work in the space field...from what I’ve seen you have to make it up as you go. What have you experienced and learned in the process of figuring this out for your own career? What were you doing in the summer of 2012 at Caltech as a research fellow, looking at Mars-analogue rocks? What did you learn from that experience? You’ve been at BlackSky for awhile now...without getting into anything covered by security or compliance issues, what has that been like? What has your role been focused on? Thinking around data science, which I think is a tool you use, have you evolved your process or checklist on deciding on your investigative approach? We have a lot of graduate students following this you have any advice or ideas for them concerning the question of whether to go forward towards achieving a doctorate or not? What focus do you have for your future work in the space field? Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
October 12, 2020
Moriba Jah - What To Improve In Space Situational Awareness - CSP S02E66
Dr. Moriba Jah, professor at the University of Texas at Austin, past navigator for many missions to Mars, and space situational awareness expert returns to the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan, Dr. Jah digs deeper into the challenges of space object identification, tracking and orbital prediction, including: Why is it a problem that satellite orbit pathing predictions assume a spheroid shape? What issues does this create? What can we do to improve the predictive ability of satellite pathing calculations? Why do we need to improve this accuracy--what’s the rush, what’s driving this need? What is the technology behind space traffic management: what era is it from, and how does it work? Who operates it? What would a better system look like, and who should operate it? Why was the Two Line Element format chosen? What’s wrong with TLEs? It’s my understanding from speaking with our colleagues, primarily the British, that more information is available or even broadcast, but some is truncated to fit in the TLE format. Why is this done? In my own research, I found a Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems blue book from 2009, updated in 2012. From there I went on to the CCSDS website. Thinking is clearly done on the topic: why, then, is (from the outsider’s perspective, at any rate) the pace of change glacial? What would a modern satellite data communication system look like? How many lines would you recommend? What would this additional data transmission enable us to do or know? In the past year space situational awareness and space domain awareness have finally been getting more of the attention it deserves. What else needs to happen to gain the energy to make change and the funding required to do so?    Previous interview on the Cold Star Project with Dr. Jah:    Wikipedia page on Dr. Jah:   Get new episodes directly in your inbox:   Talk to Cold Star:
October 8, 2020
Istvan Lorincz - The Reality of Creating a Space Startup (From Europe to USA) - CSP S03E12
Starting in Europe and ending in the USA, Istvan Lorincz and the other co-founders of Morpheus Space have been on a long startup journey. We discuss: their fundraising efforts what has stood out as a key but little-mentioned factor in developing a startup the realistic expectations founders should have when deciding to form a startup.    Morpheus Space website: Get new episodes directly in your inbox:   Talk to Cold Star:
October 5, 2020
Bruce Gordon - Electronic Warfare In The Cold War - Cold Star Project S02E65
Major Bruce Gordon (ret), 130+ combat mission pilot and electronic warfare instructor, returns to the Cold Star Project. This time, we're looking at how EW developed through the Cold War. What does the electromagnetic spectrum look like as a diagram? How are the various frequency bands used? Join us and find out.   First lecture on the history of EW:    Spirit of Attack Facebook page:  (order the book on Amazon, or send $20 to Bruce Gordon, 105 Broadbill Ct, Georgetown KY 40324)    Bruce Gordon YouTube Channel:   Talk to Cold Star:
October 1, 2020
Bruce Gordon - History of Electronic Warfare and the Battle of the Beams - CSP S02E64
Electronic Warfare instructor and combat fighter pilot Bruce Gordon, author of Spirit of Attack, is on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan, Major Gordon shares his personal experience meeting RV Jones, a history of EW, and some detail of the Battle of the Beams.   Spirit of Attack Facebook page:   (order the book on Amazon, or send $20 to Bruce Gordon, 105 Broadbill Ct, Georgetown KY 40324)   Bruce Gordon YouTube Channel:   Battle of the Beams article on Wikipedia (entertaining!): YouTube video version of this interview (with slides):
September 28, 2020
Charity Weeden - Orbital Environmental Management And In-Space logistics With Astroscale - CSP S02E63
VP Global Space Policy of Astroscale US, Charity Weeden is on the Cold Star Project to share her background and the organization's vision for space. Orbital environmental management and in-space logistics are two key areas Astroscale is developing capabilities and influence in. With host Jason Kanigan, Charity discusses: the vision, mission and organization of Astroscale how the technical, business and policy areas interlink through the organization's efforts why space debris is a problem, and what we can do about it her background and how she arrived at the VP Global Space Policy role what her typical day looks like what COMSTAC is, and her role as chair looking forward to working in cislunar space and its implications the costs of decommissioning and the ways these costs are currently hidden. Astroscale website: Get new episodes directly in your inbox: Talk to Cold Star:
September 24, 2020
Bill Kemp - Creating Space Structures On The Moon - Cold Star Project S02E62
United Space Structures CEO and founder Bill Kemp is on the Cold Star Project to share his plans to create real estate via structures for living and working in on the Moon. Safe inside lava tubes, USS will engineer space structures so that people can survive there. Host Jason Kanigan asks Bill: What kind of business model does United Space Structures have? What kind of tenants do you want to have at your facilities? Tell us about the lunar infrastructure service you intend to provide What is the “marketplace need” for this offer? What level of budget is required to move ahead? Is it needed in stages or as a lump sum? What is the potential Return On Investment (ROI) for your lunar facilities? How many facilities do you want to build and where? What technical requirements are needed to implement this solution? Why not an inflatable approach? What kind of partners are you seeking to support the project? Tell us about the preparation & learning required to get to this point.    United Space Structures website: Get new episodes directly in your inbox:   Talk to Cold Star:
September 21, 2020
Ran Qedar - Taking Startup 'Space Products and Innovation' Through An Accelerator - CSP S03E11
Space Products and Innovation (SPiN) co-founder Ran Qedar is on the Cold Star Project to share his experience taking his space startup through the Techstars accelerator. Host Jason Kanigan asks Ran: What problem did potential customers in the space industry tell you they were experiencing that lead to a prototype product? SPiN's tagline is “Build a satellite like Lego”. This seems to match up pretty well with Cold Star's “Make Space Boring” mantra. Tell us what your intention with that phrasing is, and where it could lead to What has your work with Techstars taught you? What stood out as a key factor that prior to working with them you would probably not have given as much importance to? Techstars has strong messaging about “ecosystem development”. What has that translated in for SPiN? What quality do co-founders need and what help to balance the team?  Who would you point to as having been integral to deepening your understanding of business and startups? How is the European hardware space startups scene? How are startups supported?    SPiN website:   Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
September 17, 2020
Mike Lawton - Developing Early Stage Space Startups - Cold Star Project S03E10
Barclay's Bank UK Start-Up Entrepreneur 2018 for the progress and achievements of Oxford Space Systems, and founder of Oxford Dynamics, Mike Lawton joins us on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan, Mike discusses the challenges of developing early stage space startups, including: Other than the obvious lifeblood of cash, what other measures have you noticed as important in early stage, high tech businesses? You say you get “things wrong slightly less often than I get them right”. When do you know you’ve “gotten things wrong”? What are the indicators and how have you learned to see them sooner? What do you believe drives technological innovation? Eg. marketplace vs personal interest? What other organizations are you watching in UK NewSpace? You mention “the 'dark arts' of raising finance for tech businesses”... explain what this means.    Oxford Dynamics website:    Get new episodes directly in your inbox:   Talk to Cold Star:
September 14, 2020
Christopher Johnson - The Need for Engagement and Outcomes In Space Law - Cold Star Project S02E61
Space lawyer Christopher Johnson from the Secure World Foundation is back on the Cold Star Project, and we're looking at what he has learned this year. Christopher has hosted several Moon Dialog Research Salons and gotten tremendous public input and engagement on space issues. With host Jason Kanigan, he discusses: What he learned from the salons What differences he noted in platforms used, behaviors and outcomes in public engagement with actor/agency/government versus the public What’s needed to move forward with space law engagement and outcomes; what that looks like as you’ve seen so far, in terms of process and outcome Incentive versus punishment, carrot vs stick, when it comes to issues like orbital debris control: which do we need most? What updates do we need most to Outer Space Treaty areas? What are his expectations for the Summit for Space Sustainability hosted by the Secure World Foundation beginning 9 September 2020?    Secure World Foundation website: Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
September 9, 2020
Jean Paul Carnicer - Pitfalls In Spacecraft Bus Engineering - Cold Star Project S02E60
Telecan Space founder Jean Paul Carnicer is on the Cold Star Project, and our topic is pitfalls in spacecraft bus engineering. With host Jason Kanigan, Paul answers: What’s the most important thing to keep in mind when designing a spacecraft bus? Is there something people NOT engineering the bus tend to forget or overlook when they’re coming up with design requirements? Who are the courses listed on the website for; what kind of person best benefits from them; what does the investment range look like? How common is outside testing of spacecraft? Do you find resistance to the idea of an outsider testing something they designed? Satellite Program Monitoring… how often are subcontractors holding up the project schedule? What issues do you typically find with the launch vehicle agency? In a world of engineers working to get funding to develop capabilities, what do you wish new founders would know about starting up a space business? What issues do you commonly encounter in contract negotiations with launch vehicle procurement?    Telecan Space website: Get new episodes directly in your inbox:   Talk to Cold Star:
September 7, 2020
Eldrige de Melo - An Introduction To Ground Station Operations - Cold Star Project S02E59
Angolan ground station operator, and now Project Manager intern at Airbus, Eldrige de Melo is on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan we discuss how space ground stations operate. Eldrige answers: what do we mean by the term “ground stations”? Is this all about communications, or does it include passive operations like image gathering? how do ground stations operate? What kind of systems are typically used & what data is gathered? How are humans involved (when is a human decision necessary)? what does a typical “problem day” look like at the Angolan Space Program Management Office? what do you think the impact of autonomous satellites will be on ground operators? is there a technology or problem solving system that you believe would strongly improve ground station operations? how closely do you pay attention to frequency allocations and the activities of organizations like the International Telecommunication Union and WRC conferences? what kind of training do you need to become a ground station operations specialist?    Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
September 3, 2020
Egbert van der Veen - Strategy and Innovation In Space Investing - Cold Star Project S03E09
Head of Strategy and Managing Director Venture Capital at OHB Group since 2013 Egbert van der Veen is on the Cold Star Project. Prior to this role, Egbert was Project Lead at the German Aerospace Center for 4 years, working with DLR, ESA, EC and writing advisory reports on technology development trends. Continuing our discussion with investors who fund space companies, host Jason Kanigan asks: Your scientific topic while working at DLR was forecasting disruptive space technologies. What did you learn and how does that influence your point of view out in the business world? How did you land the role of Managing Director of OHB VC? Your scientific career focused on innovation management in addition to space engineering. What does that allow you to bring to investing analysis and decisions that other VCs might not have? Tell us about a project or two you did with DLR and their results. What does that experience make you watch out for in future projects? In your “scouting” role, what do you look for in space companies? What would be the ideal discovery? What has your experience with space companies been like? What state do they typically arrive at your firm? Any insights on the point of view of the founders themselves? Internal operations of companies seeking investment? Their achievement or lack thereof of product-market fit? A lot of VCs talk about “capturing the value chain”, yet this is a concept many founders miss in their laser focus on their technical capability. What advice do you have for space founders in regards to taking a step back and viewing the whole value chain?    OHB Group Venture Capital website: Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
August 31, 2020
Jess Sponable - Reusable Launch, Pete Conrad, and DARPA - Cold Star Project S02E58
2X past DARPA Program Manager Jess Sponable is on the Cold Star Project to share his experiences and aspirations in the space industry. With host Jason Kanigan, our topics cover the development of reusable launch technology, a colorful character (#3 to walk on the Moon) named Pete Conrad and Jess' interactions with him, and DARPA. Our conversation was submitted to and approved for public release by the USAF.    US Air Force approval document:    Pete Conrad wikipedia page: Get new episodes directly in your inbox:   Talk to Cold Star:
August 27, 2020
Annabelle Beckwith - Growing Your Business from $3-$10MM with Yara Journeys - Cold Star Project
Yara Journeys founder Annabelle Beckwith is on the Cold Star Project to share her experience and vision of helping founders and their leadership teams move their businesses from $3 to $10 million (pounds as well!). With host Jason Kanigan she discusses:   Who is your ideal client? Why do you want to work with them specifically? What indicators of values, culture, KPIs do you believe are most important? How common/uncommon are these? What operations problems do you typically see, showing potential clients need your help? Do they know they have them, or do you have to show them? What’s the most frustrating issue you’ve encountered in the marketplace over and over again, that you would change if you could wave a magic wand?   and some client situations she's been most helpful in improving results of.    Yara Journeys website:    Talk to Cold Star:
August 26, 2020
Jason Aspiotis - Giving The Retail Investor Access To The Space Economy Through Finsophy-CSP S03E08
Finsophy PBC Founder & CEO Jason Aspiotis is on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan, he's sharing his vision for retail investors to invest in the space economy while using banking services they would already be using anyway. Jason answers:  What is your long-term view for Space economy growth? What are the driving factors for economic growth?  What is the role of the retail investor in the Space economy? What are some ways retail investors could become more involved in supporting the Space economy in the near future? What is the role of banks and other large and/or regulated financial institutions (FIs) in the Space economy? What barriers of entry exist to getting banks and large FIs more vested in deploying capital into the Space economy? What could the US government, or other governments, do to incentivize larger participation by private capital sources?    Finsophy website:   Space Vault website:   National Space Development Corp white paper by Jason Aspiotis:   Get new episodes directly in your inbox:  Talk to Cold Star:
August 24, 2020
Artemis Westenberg - Getting There With Explore Mars - Cold Star Project S02E57
President emerita of Explore Mars Inc. & CEO of Explore Mars Europe Artemis Westenberg joins host Jason Kanigan on the Cold Star Project. What's the truth about the American public's interest in going to Mars? Why should we go there at all? How is private industry likely to get involved?  We dig into the political and technological issues necessary to overcome to go to Mars, and what Explore Mars is doing to promote those actions. Artemis also discusses the role of women in the space industry.    Explore Mars website:    Get new episodes directly in your inbox:   Talk to Cold Star:
August 21, 2020
Paul Rulkens - Developing A High Performance Culture In Your Space Company-Cold Star Project S02E56
Agrippa Consulting president and TEDx speaker Paul Rulkens is on the Cold Star Project to talk about high performance culture. What does it take to achieve, and how can space founders create one? Host Jason Kanigan asks Paul: How has your education and experience as a process engineer affected your views on business and company culture/change? Other than Jay Abraham, who has a different take on the concept than you, you’re the only other person I’ve seen strongly promoting the strategy of Preeminence. What does Preeminence mean to you? How do you encourage others to use Preeminence as a positioning strategy? What does it mean for execution/fulfillment/delivery? How does Preeminence impact operations? You’ve developed the concept of Strategic Quitting. What is this and how do you apply it? Are there any circumstances where it would be a BAD idea? Let’s dig into “High performance culture”: What do you mean by the phrase? Is it actually achievable by organizations, or a pipe dream sold by management consultants? How do you recommend leaders start on the development of a high performance culture? Or should it somehow “organically develop”? How dependent on hiring great people is a high performance culture? Managing change seems to be a big part of what you help organizations with. BUT: Is that even a term you use? What kind of process do you use to go about it, even if under another name or conceptual framework? Can you share some horror stories and successes in the field? What should leaders be looking for as red or green flags? Agrippa Consulting, Paul Rulkens High Performance Mastermind, Keynote Speaker website: Sign up for to receive new episodes:   Talk to Cold Star:
August 17, 2020
Jannene Kyytsonen - Building Communities In Space - CSP S02E55
Space Habitats founder Jannene Kyytsonen appears on the Cold Star Project to share her vision of what it's going to take to build communities in space. We cover many ideas and requirements you may not have yet considered. Host Jason Kanigan asks:  You got into space from outside the field… your education and experience is in arts and business. How do you apply those to space? You’re a member of the Space Industry Association of Australia. As an outsider, I’m curious how that organization works and how it has impacted your journey What’s your goal with Space Habitats? Let’s explore your Living Lab biosphere concept...what do you need to get started? What economic ideas do you have about how the biosphere will operate? Talk to us about the importance of simulating this kind of living situation prior to actually getting to Mars, underground What connection of the psychology of living in claustrophobic places do you see with user adoption of space tourism services?    Space Habitats website:    Have new episodes of the Cold Star Project delivered directly to you: Talk to Cold Star:
August 13, 2020
Chris Kunstadter - The Future of Satellite Insurance - Cold Star Project S03E07
Axa XL's Global Head of Space, Chris Kunstadter, is on the Cold Star Project, and we're looking at the future of satellite insurance. With host Jason Kanigan, Chris discusses: why and how he picked a profession allowing him to make money at something he loves to talk about all day how he got into the space insurance business what space insurance products his team focuses on, and what they avoid the current state of space insurance: the market is upside-down right now, so what will the industry to to right itself while continuing to serve clients? what role is Chris having to influence space policy and tech development what is "risk management in space"? defining "space safety" and "good behavior" for actors   and more.    Axa XL space insurance webpage:   CONFERS website:    Have us deliver new episodes of the Cold Star Project directly to you:  Talk to Cold Star:
August 10, 2020
Erin Miller - Creating Space ISAC: Info Sharing and Security for the Space Industry - CSP S02E54
VP of Operations for the Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Space ISAC) Erin Miller is on the Cold Star Project to discuss this new organization and her role in it. Space ISAC is part of the US National Cybersecurity Center. With host Jason Kanigan, Erin answers: What’s your mission? Your field is acronym-heavy…let’s begin with what an ISAC is...then can you share the need for this Public-Private Partnership (P3), called Space ISAC? How do you view your role as VP Ops? What are your recommendations for getting the trust necessary for people to let you “fly the plane”? Has the US Presidential Executive Order on Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain (May 2019) affected you and the organization? What do the member-partners of Space ISAC contribute...what are the expectations? Who are you looking for as a member? What’s the “nitty-gritty” for Space ISAC? In terms of integrating with those you want to share info and conduct analysis with, how do you go about it?   What sorts of space info & asset security concerns and concepts have your attention for the future? Space ISAC website: Sign up to receive new episodes:   Talk to Cold Star:
August 6, 2020
John Tucker - Creating NewSpace Hub: The Data Platform for the Space Industry - CSP S03E06
While working at SpaceX as Senior Mission Integrator Engineer, John Tucker has also made what is becoming the central data platform for the space industry: NewSpace Hub. The platform collects and organizes both company and space sector investment activity. In this interview on the Cold Star Project, host Jason Kanigan asks John about the process of putting NewSpace Hub together. We discuss: How did John get into the space industry? What does he do at SpaceX? What is NewSpace Hub? Who is it for, and what questions does it answer for them? What signals told John that there was room in the marketplace for NewSpace Hub? Considering John has a serious day job… how did he find the time for and commit to creating this platform? What did the first iteration of the site look like? How did he arrive at that look and feel? Has his vision of NewSpace Hub changed since the start? As John grows the platform, what new features and capabilities is he developing? How does he get feedback that tells him to move in these directions? What methods does he use to assess tools and directions? NewSpace Hub website:   Make Space Boring virtual conferences: Have us deliver new episodes of the Cold Star Project directly to you: Talk to Cold Star:
August 3, 2020
Ralph Dinsley - Moving Space Situational Awareness To Civilian Management - Cold Star Project S02E53
Following a three-and-a-half decade UK defense career culminating in managing RAF Fylingdales and in the role of Aerospace Battle Manager, Ralph "Dinz" Dinsley founded Northern Space and Security (NORSS). In this discussion with Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan, Dinz lays out the case for moving space situational awareness from military to civilian management.   Dinz answers: What is “Peace and Development”, the postgraduate studies subject you applied yourself to for your Masters degree? What exactly is “Aerospace Battle Manager”, the role you held for a dozen years? What would you describe as the main reason behind the establishment of NORSS? What problems do you solve, and for what organizations? Is the military dominance coverage of the orbital environment still fit for purpose? Under what domain should space traffic management be? What is the Space Law Games, which you co-initiated? What do you hope to discover from the exercise? Where do you find yourself getting pulled into discussions as a well-known individual in the UK defense sector? NORSS website: RAF Fylingdales website: Sign up for email notifications of new episodes:  Talk to Cold Star:
July 30, 2020
Joan-Pau Sanchez - Asteroid Mapping and Intercepting Comets - Cold Star Project S02E52
Joan-Pau Sanchez, PhD, is a lecturer in space engineering at Cranfield University. He was one of the first to publish a Near Earth Orbit asteroid map.  With host Jason Kanigan of the Cold Star Project, Dr. Sanchez discusses: what some of the “new rich families of exploitable orbits which may enable radically new mission applications and services” are his thoughts about the current alarm of “cluttered Earth orbit”, which we are moving towards with the planned launches of tens of thousands of smallsats what the “Traveling Salesperson Problem” is in ADR/servicing satellites how algorithms to solve such problems can be developed without the help of supercomputers his experience with the Comet Interceptor program and working with ESA the uses of his paper, “Optimal Sunshade Configurations for Space-Based Geoengineering near the Sun-Earth L1 Point" the project he lead, also covered by his student Florian Gautier in Episode 50, researching landing cubesats on an asteroid using the ZARM drop tower. Comet Interceptor program website:    Comet Interceptor program Wikipedia page: Interview with Florian Gautier discussing his experience with the ZARM drop tower asteroid landing project: Sign up for email notifications of new episodes:   Talk to Cold Star:
July 27, 2020
Michael Maloney - The Space Traffic Management Phantom - Cold Star Project S02E51
Michael Maloney of Satellite Design for Recovery returns to the Cold Star Project, and we're continuing our discussion of the problems in space traffic management. While many people think STM is already figured out, the truth is this is a phantom idea. Current systems are cobbled together and do not represent a serious solution to the problem.   With host Jason Kanigan, Michael discusses: what space traffic management is and why we need it how we can measure capacity and utilization in STM why Air Traffic Control can be used as a model in developing a functional STM solution what limits there are in executing a Space Traffic Management program a future path to STM including better Space Situational Awareness, mitigation of space debris, and timely remediation. Satellite Design for Recovery website: Sign up for email notifications of new episodes:  Talk to Cold Star:
July 23, 2020
Florian Gautier - Landing CubeSats On Asteroids - Cold Star Project S02E50
University of Kansas Doctoral candidate (Physics and Astronomy) Florian Gautier is on the Cold Star Project to discuss several of the research projects he's been involved in. With host Jason Kanigan, Florian describes his aerospace engineering and astrophysics education journey from Europe to North America and opportunities to work on: Student CubeSat project at ISAE-SUPAERO to develop 12U cubesats for missions like ATISE Land3U project, simulation of CubeSat landing on asteroids, sponsored by ESA Drop Your Thesis! 2018 programme (the drop tower used is fascinating) AGILE, development of a new compact particle detectors suitable to be flown on a CubeSat.    I also ask Florian, who has two Masters degrees (Astronautics & Space Engineering and Astrophysics, Space Science & Planetary Science), about his future goals and where he thinks space work will take him. Land3U Project website: Space UP France website: The Last Jeudi website: meetup between space fans every last Thursday of each month: Sign up for email notifications of new episodes:  Talk to Cold Star:
July 20, 2020
Simone Paternostro - Analog Astronaut Through The Austrian Space Forum - CSP S02E49
Dr. Simone Paternostro (Engineering Surveying and Space Geodesy), is an analog astronaut through the Austrian Space Forum and manages ISS payloads with the ESA. On the Cold Star Project, host Jason Kanigan asks Simone:   How did you get involved with the Austrian Space Forum and Dr. Gernot Groemer? What is an analog astronaut? How do you go about selecting (or being assigned), preparing for and simulating a mission?  - What are the next steps in your career following this analog astronaut experience? Tell us about your role as a Multi-increment Payload Planner for the ISS What have you discovered about using the Kalman Filter in calculating flight paths and attitude? You note “Simulation and Testing in Matlab/Simulink” during your doctoral experience at U of Nottingham in your LinkedIn resume...for those of us who haven’t been there, what was involved, what were the facilities like and how do you make use of them?    Austrian Space Forum website:    Sign up for email notifications of new episodes:   Talk to Cold Star:
July 16, 2020
Dylan Taylor - Scaling Space Companies with Voyager Space Holdings - Cold Star Project S03E05
Dylan Taylor, founder of space investment firm Voyager Space Holdings, has a perspective on growing companies that's different from traditional venture capitalists. Voyager takes a majority share ownership and the long view, unrestrained by typical fund life windows. Dylan is on the Cold Star Project, and host Jason Kanigan asks him:   Does Voyager take over the day-to-day management of its acquisitions? Do you put your own CEO in charge? What values/vision do you look for in leadership? Tell us the story of the first acquisition for Voyager, and what you learned in the process. What did you learn to do differently next time? What could have cost you a ton of money if you hadn’t done things a certain way?   How has space investing changed over the last several years?   How is space investing different from other types of investments in other industries? What makes a sector-specific fund a better investor than a generalist?   In addition to being a business person, you are also a philanthropist. Why?   You founded the non-profit Space for Humanity. What is Space for Humanity’s mission? It was announced recently that you have commissioned the first private moon payload on the Xplore mission for the benefit of Space for Humanity. What is that all about?   Do you find that you’re the very first potential investor a founder or group of co-founders has approached...or have they been through discussions with one or more other VCs first? How has this affected discussions? What other project are you working on or are excited about?  What frustrates you about the industry, if anything?  What gives you the most hope about where the industry is going?    Voyager Space Holdings website:   Space for Humanity website:   2211.World website: Sign up to receive email notifications of new episodes: Talk to Cold Star:
July 13, 2020
Graham Lau - Looking at Space and Science Fiction with The Cosmobiologist - Cold Star Project S02E48
Dr. Graham Lau aka The Cosmobiologist is my guest on this episode of the Cold Star Project. We dig into: his co-hosting of the Ask An Astrobiologist Show  the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science his work as a research scientist, and the future application of his knowledge of sulfur cycling in glacial environments with Jovian moon investigation the public's view on science fiction, and what could be improved in that approach getting young people interested in science and more.    Dr. Lau was a speaker at the second "Make Space Boring" virtual conference hosted by Cold Star Technologies, recording of which is available here: Dr. Lau's personal website:  Blue Marble Space Institute of Science website:   Sign up for email notifications of new episodes:
July 9, 2020
Brant Arseneau - Funding Strategies In Space Investment - Cold Star Project S03E04
Brant Arseneau, partner at 9point8 Capital, Board Member of Spaced Ventures and Mentor at Creative Destruction Labs is on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan he answers: What is your opinion on the current state of raising capital for space startups? How does capital typically form in a nascent industry? Is the space industry different from other industries? Can you explain the challenges in the capital supply chain? Other than venture capital are there other capital sources? Doing business in space is risky, so are there any financial risk mitigation tools available to companies? What are investors looking for from space startups and what type of investors are out there?    9point8 Capital website:   Sign up to receive email notifications of new episodes:  Talk to Cold Star:
July 6, 2020
Joseph Paris - State of Readiness for Space Companies - Cold Star Project S02E47
Joseph Paris of Xonitek and founder of the Operational Excellence Society is on the Cold Star Project to discuss OpEx and his book State of Readiness. With host Jason Kanigan, JP explores:  What OpEx means to him, and it's not Lean Six Sigma, TQM or TPS The definition of "State of Readiness" and its implications for industry  How his strategic view of Operational Excellence came about, and what Strategic OpEx looks like Whether Joseph believes a change agent with "no past" with the organization they're working on is essential to produce good results How commonly opinions are masquerading as "facts" within organizations, leading to groupthink  What happens when senior management stop being involved with OpEx improvements  The notion and value of "packaging ideas for delivery" to communicate with stakeholders who may not understand operational excellence terminology    and more.      Xonitek website:   Operational Excellence Society website: (valuable articles here)      [Disclaimer: since this interview was recorded, Cold Star Technologies has become a Bronze level sponsor of the Operational Excellence Society, and the founder Jason Kanigan is now on its Board of Advisors. This was not the case when we recorded our discussion here, and there is often a long gap between recording and release dates. In this case, the recording was done on March 17, 2020 and released July 2, 2020. This interview is not intended to be an advertisement and was done in an independent spirit, with no view on how the future would turn out.]      Sign up for email notifications of new episodes:   Talk to Cold Star:
July 2, 2020
Nicholas Loise - Driving Revenue with Sales Performance Team - The Cold Star Project
Nicholas Loise has quite the resume, headed by his current role as Fractional Sales & Marketing Leader, Founder/Owner, Sales Performance Team. It includes being President of Glazer Kennedy Inner Circle - GKIC/Magnetic Marketing, involved with GKIC 8 years; Owner of a Direct Response Agency and Outsourced Sales Leader Company; Adjunct Professor of Marketing, North Park University; MBA from North Park; VP Sales & Marketing Provena Mercy Medical Center 9 yrs, a $156 Million division. On the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan, Nick explores: Why he choose “execution-focused” sales areas of business Where clients have told him they need help in sales What he sees that is wrong in selling and sales processes today, that Nick is earnestly driven to correct...and how does this improvement lead to organizational results? When he believes clients should be approaching Sales Performance Team for expertise In his experience, how often is the salesperson in need of improvement vs the sales process? [In Jason's experience over the past 25 years, he has seen companies large and small who do not control or have consistency in their sales process. You can walk across the hallway and find a salesperson who is doing the job completely differently from their fellow sales employee.] What are the consequences of this lack of consistency? How does it affect buyer experience? And financial results? Ability to determine what went wrong or even what went right?  What does Nick  hear that tells him, “This is going to be a great project”? What did he see at his years of GKIC and his own agency that caused Nick to start Sales Performance team?    Sales Performance Team website:    Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: Talk to Cold Star:
July 1, 2020
Chris Stott - Satellite Spectrum and Space Activism - Cold Star Project S02E46
ManSat Chairman Chris Stott returns to the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan to talk further about satellite spectrum and space advocacy. Activist-authors Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, the economics of space, space scholarships and more are our topics.   ManSat website:  SpaceIsle website:  SSPI website:  International Institute of Space Commerce website:  Geeks Without Frontiers website:   Sign up for email notifications of new episodes:  Talk to Cold Star:
June 29, 2020
Chris Stott - Spectrum Filing Surprises In Satellite Manufacturing - Cold Star Project S02E45
Chairman & CEO of the ManSat group of companies Chris Stott is on the Cold Star Project, and our main topic is satellite spectrum. Where does the authorization for satellite communication frequencies come from, and how is it distributed? With host Jason Kanigan, Chris discusses: the definition of "satellite spectrum" how ManSat got the authority to distribute satellite spectrum, and from whom? Who is the target market, and what does the process of working with ManSat look like? what is and how it is different from the ManSat corporate site experiences he has had as a member of the ISU Board of Directors projects he has worked on and produced as a "Multi Award winning Documentary Film Maker and Executive Producer", per his LI profile what the Space & Satellite Professionals International organization is and what his involvement is how Chris helped develop Geeks Without Frontiers.    ManSat website:  SpaceIsle website:  SSPI website:  International Institute of Space Commerce website:  Geeks Without Frontiers website: Sign up for email notifications of new episodes:  Talk to Cold Star:
June 25, 2020
Meagan Crawford - Space Investment Pitches To SpaceFund - Cold Star Project S03E03
Managing Partner of space venture capital firm SpaceFund Meagan Crawford is on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan she explains: how SpaceFund defines "space company", and why that matters what the surprising thing most often missing from pitch decks is that founders should make sure they include what the realities are of the exit landscape for space companies her recommendations to space companies so they avoid another OneWeb situation where and when Meagan believes working with the newspace marketing firm she co-founded, Brand Delta-V, fits for space founders advice for careers in space, particularly for women her mission as host of the Mission Eve podcast, and what being a show host has been like.    SpaceFund website:   Mission Eve podcast:   Brand Delta-V website:  Center for Space Commerce & Finance website:   Sign up to receive email notifications of new episodes:  Talk to Cold Star:
June 22, 2020
Marek Ziebart - Satellite Geodesy and Space Populations - Cold Star Project S02E44
Dr. Marek Ziebart, Professor of Space Geodesy at and Director of University College London's Space Geodesy and Navigation Group, is on the Cold Star Project to discuss space object tracking and situational awareness.   Dr. Ziebart is a fellow of the Fellow Royal Astronomical Society, journal reviewer, and winner of several awards including 2018 Tycho Brahe Award from the Institute of Navigation. Host Jason Kanigan asks about: what space geodesy is a quick look at how GPS works the definition of antenna thrust and its usage what happens  at the Space Geodesy and Navigation Laboratory at UCL what tools Dr. Ziebart uses to collect and process spacecraft orbit determination and prediction outcomes of a European Space Agency project to design a combined navigation and communication system for manned and robotic landings on Mars that he was Principle Investigator of conclusions of a study for the UK's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, simulating the launches of multiple mega-constellations and their impact on space populations over the next 25 years our shared interests in photography and Dr. Richard Feynman.    Still images from Dr. Ziebart's simulations 2019: 2028 estimate: Sign up for email notifications of new episodes:   Talk to Cold Star:
June 18, 2020
Michael Mealling - What Space Companies Do Venture Capitalists Invest In? - Cold Star Project S3E02
General Partner at Starbridge Venture Capital and President of the Moon Society Michael Mealling is on the Cold Star Project. Michael has long been both a technical and business leader in the space field. Our main aim in this episode is to clear up the question of What Kind Of Space Companies Do Venture Capitalists Invest In?   With host Jason Kanigan, Michael Mealling discusses: how venture capital works for space companies what Starbridge's definition of "space company" is, and what factors make a space company an attractive investment opportunity what Starbridge does not invest in, and why the reason the space sector needs more sector-focused VCs why venture capitalists are not typically interested in space mining, space solar power, antimatter, Mars colonies etc. where Michael sees space investment headed over the next decade  the Moon Society's mission and current events.    Starbridge Venture Capital website:   Moon Society website:   Sign up to receive email notifications of new episodes:  Talk to Cold Star:
June 15, 2020
Christopher Newman - Environmental Protection In Space Law - Cold Star Project S02E43
Dr. Christopher Newman is Professor of Space Law and Policy at Northumbria University. We're talking about an important but not oft-seen issue in space, which is a part of many areas such as space situational awareness: environmental protection.   The first thing you're likely to notice is that phrase, like many things in space, does not quite mean what you first thought. It is farther reaching and more broadly applied. Dr. Newman and Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan discuss: Why we should care about environmental protection in space What capabilities exist for environmental protection to be included or executed through space law The issues with enforcement of any agreements Christopher's experience with implementing environmental protection though space law What the good doctor would download directly into his students' skulls, "Matrix-style", if he could   and more.    Space Watch Global story on the development of the Space Law Games:    Space Law Games website:    Sign up for email notifications of new episodes: Talk to Cold Star:
June 11, 2020
Raphael Roettgen - Idealists In Space Investing - Cold Star Project S03E01
E2MC space venture capital firm founder Raphael Roettgen is on the Cold Star Project for this inaugural episode of Season Three. With host Jason Kanigan he explains: what lead him to space as a career focus, and specifically investing in space how he finds prospective space investments what segments of space he finds especially interesting at this time how he makes up his mind about whether to invest in a space company or not what the most surprising thing Raphael discovered again and again in space and high tech firms he was tasked to look into in past analyst roles what he sees in the near future of investing in space companies his view of how other classes of investors, such as angels, family offices, private equity and strategics, see the space industry the potential impacts of the recent slew of prominent space failures (OneWeb, Intelsat, Sky & Space, Speedcast) why he started his own show, the Space Business Podcast, and what his biggest takeaway has been from doing the first several episodes.    E2MC website: (Space Business Podcast link in the top menu)    Sign up to receive email notifications of new episodes:  Talk to Cold Star:
June 8, 2020
Paul van Susante - Planetary Surface Technology Development Lab:Moon/Mars - Cold Star Project S02E42
Dr. Paul van Susante comes with the heritage of the Colorado School of Mines, but is a professor at Michigan Technological University. He is well-known in the Lunar and Mars construction & ISRU field, contributing to CLASS and as co-Investigator on several experiments.   On the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan we discuss: what properties and result of the lunar regolith Paul is focusing on how his background in robotics and mining terrestrially, and at the Colorado School of Mines, applies to the new environments of Luna and Mars details of projects he has worked on the Mining INnovation Enterprise (MINE), which Paul founded what the Planetary Surface Technology Development Lab is all about factors and considerations, materials and processes, he believes are most important for next steps in ISRU on the Moon and Mars. Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) website: Sign up for email notifications of new episodes:  Talk to Cold Star:
June 4, 2020
Michael Listner - Realpolitik and Space Law - Cold Star Project S02E41
Founder & Principal at Space Law & Policy Solutions Michael Listner is on the Cold Star Project. He's also author and editor of The Precis, a space law quarterly briefing letter. Our subject of discussion is Realpolitik and space law, and I ask Michael about: where he finds himself most often with another interpretation, either conceptually or with the letter of the law, with other space lawyers what clients are seeking when they approach his firm what he believes is at issue regarding the White House's April 6th Executive Order regarding space resources--Michael called it "posturing for the space resources food fight and a pushback against the [Hauge] Building Blocks" the standout issues of space law from his perspective, with regard to commercial operations whether international safeguards exist or not to avoid war, as nation states move to use space resources and occupy space locations who are some key people Michael follows in the space field.    Space Law & Policy Solutions website:  The Precis page:   Sign up for email notifications of new episodes:  Talk to Cold Star:
June 1, 2020
Gary Calnan - The Space Foundry Lab: A Cislunar Industrial Base - Cold Star Project S02E40
Gary Calnan, co-founder & CEO @ CisLunar Industries out of Denver CO, is on the Cold Star Project. They're on a mission to create industrial capabilities in cislunar space that will enable sustainable space exploration and a permanent human presence beyond Earth. To make this a reality, their goal is to create the Space Foundry: the first in-space capability for recycling metal already in orbit and reprocessing it into refined raw materials for in-space manufacturing and construction.   With host Jason Kanigan, Gary explores:   at what point (or number) a “permanent human presence” beyond Earth exists what “industrial capabilities” he believes need to be developed first the purpose, elements and implementation plan of the Space Foundry his recent proposal to the ISS NL (“Electromagnetic Control and Manipulation of Liquid Metal in Micro-g”)  - what legal issues Gary foresees for capturing and recycling metal already in orbit what he believes it will take to reach a point of in-space manufacturing and construction whether the development of manufacturing and refueling capabilities on the moon impacts in-space efforts more or less than developing in-orbit capabilities.    Cislunar Industries on LinkedIn:    International Space Station US National Lab website:    Sign up for email notifications of new episodes:   Talk to Cold Star:
May 28, 2020
Troy Howe - Space Innovation Through NIAC - Cold Star Project S02E39
Dr. Troy Howe joins host Jason Kanigan on the Cold Star Project to discuss the ways Howe Industries is using NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) grants to innovate in space.   We cover:   What is Howe's SPEAR project and the NIAC-supported objectives  - How the NIAC grant proposal process works What project milestones look like   How a new thermocouple design by Howe could extend mission lifetimes What other smallsat technologies Dr. Howe believes need to be developed so the upcoming Europa mission can be successful Could the approximately six year process from founding his company through achieving grant approval been sped up, or is this pace simply typical? What does the Center for Space Nuclear Research, where Dr. Howe was for four years as a research scientist, focus on, and what was he most proud of in his work there?    NIAC Phase-1 SPEAR Probe info page: Howe Industries website: Talk to Cold Star:
May 25, 2020
Fabien Royer - The Caltech Space Challenge - Cold Star Project S02E38
PhD candidate and Co-Chair of the 2019 Caltech Space Challenge Fabien Foyer is my guest on this episode of the Cold Star Project. This is a fascinating event and I wish I could have had the chance to participate, but I'm far too old. Fabien describes the Challenge, which is free and open to students all over the world. Links:   Website:  YouTube Lectures channel: Talk to Cold Star:
May 21, 2020
1st "Make Space Boring" virtual conference - Jason Kanigan - Lowering the 40%+ Smallsat Failure Rate
Jason Kanigan of Cold Star Tech speaks at the first "Make Space Boring" virtual conference. His topic is lowering the awful 40%+ partial plus full mission failure rate of small satellites.    The recordings of the rest of the event and speakers is available at   Talk to Cold Star:
May 20, 2020
Craig Clark - Pioneering the UK Smallsat Industry - Cold Star Project S02E37
Founder & CSO of AAC Clyde Space Craig Clark is on the Cold Star Project, and our topic is how Clyde has strongly contributed to the pioneering of the UK small satellite industry. With host Jason Kanigan, Craig shares: what the most important thing he learned from 11 years as a team leader at Surrey Satellite Tech was a snapshot of the UK space industry...where he believes its principle expertise or competitive advantage is, and where it is headed what he learned on the UK’s Space Leadership Council, and what impact he believes the Council has how Clyde minimizes the smallsat field's awful 40+% partial plus full mission failure rate...what he has learned about refining quality assurance to produce cubesats in bulk without compromising reliability what the most challenging thing at the moment is, given that getting people together to manufacture something is not easy to achieve the mission he is most proud of so far, and why.    AAC Clyde Space website:    Talk to Cold Star:
May 18, 2020
Walker Deibel - Outsmarting The Startup Game - Cold Star Project
Buy Then Build author Walker Deibel is on the Cold Star Project, and host Jason Kanigan is asking some tough questions. Rather than building a business from scratch, Walker recommends buying an existing business with a proven market that's interested in what you want to sell. We discuss:  What Walker says when people have the belief that you must have lots of cash available to be able to buy an existing business   What the biggest “yeah but” is he's encountered from people who have read the book   What Walker recommends to do when you’ve found a business where one partner is eager to sell, but other partners are not   When a mechanism like a leveraged buyout is a bad idea Why operations as a topic isn't covered much in By Then Build, while the “math of the business” is well covered   What sort of problems company owners approach him about helping them fix, and whether they often have the wrong idea about what you do, or are typically “pre-sold”.    Four opportunity quadrants screenshot: Buy Then Build on Amazon (NOT an affiliate link): Buy Then Build website:  Talk to Cold Star:
May 14, 2020
Daniel Faber - On The Way To A New Economy: Gas Stations In Space - Cold Star Project S02E36
Past Deep Space Industries CEO Daniel Faber today runs a company called OrbitFab. As a pioneer of space mining and resources development, what is Dan doing now? Kickstarting the next massive new space economy by creating "Gas stations in space", that's what! With host Jason Kanigan of the Cold Star Project, Daniel Faber discusses: how he got into asteroid mining as a business, and what the process was like getting the concepts and people of DSI together if DSI had gotten the tech and finances in place to start mining Near Earth Objects, what the first thing would have been that Dan would have wanted to do with those resources as they were brought back and processed what he would do differently if he had it to do all over again OrbitFab's mission and whether any "legacy goals" from DSI continue his educational experience in Antarctica and how that affected his point of view in the space field and more! I was impressed with Dan's experience with building space companies with's a minefield and he has some powerful knowledge of what to avoid. OrbitFab website: Talk to Cold Star:
May 12, 2020
David Barnhart - Hybrid Robotic Concepts for Satellites - Cold Star Project S02E35
David Barnhart is the Director of the Space Engineering Research Center at the University of Southern California; CEO and co-founder of Arkisys, and a former DARPA program manager. On this episode of the Cold Star Project, we're looking at David's history of robotic concepts in satellite construction. With host Jason Kanigan, David Barnhart explains: how he helped develop satellite design-synthesis tools to cut design time down to days from months, and how he expresses the impact of these time savings the way he developed hybrid robotic concepts for satellites with DARPA, including robotic assembly and repair craft the Phoenix Project he managed at DARPA to create assemble-able satellite modules, and how these could be used what the most misunderstood idea about DARPA that people have is the focus of Arkisys and what he's learned as CEO. Arkisys website: Playlist: Subscribe: Talk to Cold Star:
May 7, 2020
Benoit Chamot - CubeSat Attitude Control: ADCS from CubeSpace - Cold Star Project S02E34
Head of Sales & Marketing for CubeSpace Benoit Chamot is on the Cold Star Project, and with host Jason Kanigan we're looking at attitude determination and control systems (ADCS) for satellites. We discuss:   how Benoit earned Masters degrees from both Lausanne and MIT, and the projects involved   the critical ADCS system for satellites, and the components they're made of such as sun sensors, reaction wheels, PCBs   why CubeSpace chose to focus on reaction wheels, designing and manufacturing their own CubeWheel product  why the company encourages South African space industry and opportunities for young engineers    CubeSpace website:  Talk to Cold Star:
May 4, 2020
Dennis Wingo - On The Way To Moonrush: Advancements In Space Technology - CSP S02E33
Dennis Wingo, Founder & CEO of Skycorp Inc., has a lot of wisdom to share about the space industry. He's the author of “Moonrush: Improving Life on Earth with the Moon's Resources”, and calls himself a Technoarcheologist.   With Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan, Dennis discusses:   what the term "advanced mission planning" means for him, and what it looks like in action   the concept of orbital assembly, and how it can be achieved   the DARPA/Skycorp Time Domain Relative Navigation System (TDRNS) project   the space logistics system he created and licensed to Orbital ATK for extending the life of satellites   his thoughts on the April 6, 2020 US Presidential Executive Order regarding the use of space resources   economic reasons for returning to the Moon.    Talk to Cold Star:
April 30, 2020
Bryant Baker - What We CAN Do vs What We SHOULD Do In US Space Law - Cold Star Project S02E32
USAF JAG and space lawyer Bryant Baker, JD, is on the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan, and our topic is the future of space law. We're looking at it from the US perspective and how we can proceed with the possibility of minimizing conflict.   Bryant discusses how he got into the space law field, and how governance can be created through practice. Talk to Cold Star:
April 27, 2020
Andrew Aldrin - How The Soviets Beat The Americans Into Space - Cold Star Project S02E31
How did the Soviets beat the Americans into space with the launch of Sputnik?    Dr. Andrew Aldrin, Director of the Aldrin Space Institute and ISU Center for Space Entrepreneurship at Florida Tech, did his PhD in Soviet studies. In doing research and interviewing people involved, Dr. Aldrin developed a unique perspective on the the topic which he shares here with Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan. It is a story that will surprise you: entrepreneurship in the most unlikely of places.    Talk to Cold Star:
April 23, 2020
Nicole Shumaker - Research Synergy for Lunar Construction Methods at Texas A&M - CSP S02E30
Nicole Shumaker, Research Specialist at Texas A&M, is in a unique role focusing on identifying opportunities for and developing synthesis in lunar construction methods. What gaps are there in the field between research, institutions, business and government? That's the key question Nicole is continuously answering, bringing people together in lunar construction efforts who may otherwise have not known the other existed. Resulting from her effort is acceleration of research and technology development in lunar construction. Nicole meets with host Jason Kanigan on the Cold Star Project to discuss her work and developments in lunar construction methods. Center for Lunar and Asteroid Surface Science (CLASS) website--see Programs and Seminars tab for recorded and upcoming lectures: NASA ISRU page: Talk to Cold Star:
April 20, 2020
Luc Maisonobe - Orekit: The Open Governance Low Level Flight Dynamics Library - CSP S02E29
Luc Maisonobe of French company C-S is known as "the father of Orekit". This open governance low level flight dynamics library is used by many private and government organizations worldwide to identify and track space satellites.   Luc Maisonobe joins Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan to discuss:   how the idea of Orekit was conceived the way the technology required for Orekit was identified where the data for Orekit comes from  what Luc would do differently now from a process perspective compared to the project's beginning whether Orekit will evolve into a different kind of program, with increased usage and data from more launches  how the open governance model for project management has worked, including accountability, and what unexpected thing has come out of it.    Orekit space flight dynamics library: Orekit forum: Orekit forge: Orekit quality dashboard: Rugged geolocation library: Orekit as a service: Talk to Cold Star:
April 16, 2020
Grant Anderson - Life Support and Thermal Control In Space - Cold Star Project S02E28
Grant Anderson, Co-founder, President and CEO of Paragon Space Development Corp., is on the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan to discuss life support and thermal control in space applications.   We cover: what mission Paragon is on in space what Grant believes has been critical in learning as a business leader at Paragon for a quarter-century how critical NASA's connection with thermal control experts is, with the focus on Artemis Paragon's involvement in the StratEx Space Dive the most surprising thing learned from the Mars One Surface Habitat Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) project what people need to know about thermal control and satellites.    Paragon website:   Talk to Cold Star:
April 13, 2020
Richard Ward - Edge Computing In Orbit - Cold Star Project S02E27
Richard Ward of OrbitsEdge is on the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan to share the promise of edge computing in orbit.  Described as an enabler by NASA, OrbitsEdge is working to put compute processing power into space.  We discuss:   what edge computing is why this focus for a space business what barriers to adoption Rick foresees the state of the space industry in the computing field today the projected impact of edge computing in orbit on the commercialization of space over the next decade.    Satellite still from end of episode: OrbitsEdge website:   Talk to Cold Star:
April 6, 2020
Andrew Aldrin - Challenges of Space Entrepreneurship - Cold Star Project S02E26
Dr. Andrew Aldrin is Director of the Aldrin Space Institute at the Florida Institute of Tech, ISU Center for Space Entrepreneurship; past President of Moon Express; and a former Boeing Business Development Director. Andy joins Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan to discuss the challenges of space entrepreneurship.   Developing technical capability is not enough to have a business. This may seem obvious; however, out there in the real world it is not often the case. We cover the Commercial Space Studies Graduate Certificate Program he leads, what Dr. Aldrin has seen that space graduate students need the most, what it's like having Space Angels as a supporting partner of the program, and insights from his past space business roles.    FIT-ISU Commercial Space Studies Graduate Certificate Program info:  Talk to Cold Star:
March 30, 2020
Gordon Roesler - Robots In Space - Cold Star Project S02E25
Dr. Gordon Roesler, past DARPA Program Manager and founder of Robots In Space, is on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan of Cold Star Tech, Dr. Roesler discusses the coming capabilities and uses of robotic technologies in space.   Servicing satellites, recovering dead spacecraft and potentially recycling them, allowing in-orbit construction rather than having to expensively ship everything up are just some of the ways robots in space will have an impact on the industry.    Robots In Space website:   Talk to Cold Star:
March 23, 2020
Jonathan McDowell - Astrophysics with Planet4589 - Cold Star Project S02E24
Dr. Jonathan McDowell of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is my guest on the Cold Star Project, and our space topics are many. Main-belt asteroid 4589 McDowell was named after him in 1993, and he was a contributor to Sky and Telescope magazine from 1993 - 2010. Since 1989 he has authored and edited Jonathan's Space Report, which tracks all known space launches.   We discuss:   the Chandra spacecraft x-ray telescope, which recently hit the 20-year-old mark what Dr. McDowell has discovered about dark matter and quasars whether or not he believes the ISS can be considered practical for commercial ventures how much time and attention Jonathan's Space Report (JSR) takes, and what opportunities have arisen for him because of the consistent effort maintaining it how good or poor registering and tracking of space objects really is, and whether we are truly ready for megaconstellations.    Planet4589 site:   Jonathan's Space Report signup page:    Talk to Cold Star:
March 16, 2020
Stewart Townsend - Cloud.Vision - The New Platform for SaaS Channel In Europe - Cold Star Project
SaaS Channel Marketing pro Stewart Townsend returns to the Cold Star Project, this time to talk about his new platform. Cloud.Vision. With Cloud.Vision, Stewart is leading Europe's SaaS founders, salespeople and marketers into a strong level of understanding and ability to execute in their software-as-a-service channel marketing efforts.   While industry data and best practices for SaaS channel are well understood in the United States, Europe's SaaS industry has been greatly underserved in this area...until now. Stewart Townsend's Cloud.Vision platform will have Europe's industry leaders share their experience and numbers to help strengthen the entire field.   Visit   Stewart's previous appearance on the Cold Star Project, discussing SaaS channel marketing and micro vs macro efforts at selling software-as-a-service, is here: Talk to Cold Star:
March 15, 2020
Michael Maloney - Satellite Design For Recovery - Cold Star Project S02E23
Michael Maloney, founder of the advocacy organization Satellite Design for Recovery, is on the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan to talk about the need for including a critical but not-yet-required component to the design of all objects launched into Earth orbit.   Satellites and other orbital objects should have mandated design requirements for rendezvous, capture and disposal. The cost of not doing so will be chaos in orbit. Mike is here to tell us about these consequences.    Satellite Design for Recovery website:   Talk to Cold Star:
March 9, 2020
Sean Ahlum - The State of the Wilmington and SENC Startup Scene - Cold Star Project
With guest Sean Ahlum, the Cold Star Project dips back to Season One and a look at the startup scene in Wilmington and South Eastern North Carolina. Jason Kanigan, the host of the Cold Star Project, has lived in Wilmington NC for nine out of the past ten years.   Sean is the VP of New Product Business Development at ABILITY Network, and the founder at seaCreatively consultancy. I especially wanted him on because of his experience as Senior Director of Innovation at Castle Branch for four years, during which he headed up energetic community development efforts as Senior Director of a startup incubator co-working space in Wilmington called Tek Mountain.   We cover the current condition of the startup scene in ILM and SENC, including: what has changed in the past 10 years (I personally arrived in Wilmington to live in 2009, right after the 2008 crash, and support for startups was practically nonexistent) Sean's experience with the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce board of directors, making use of his post degree certificate in Responsible Board Governance  the mission of his consultancy, seaCreatively, especially in relation to helping the right kind of startup  what Sean Ahlum has directly done in the fields of corporate innovation and community management how he sees Big Data / machine learning affecting delivery of healthcare services, and what the next realistic step is for AI in healthcare.    Connect with Sean Ahlum on LinkedIn: Talk to Cold Star:
March 5, 2020
Christopher Dreyer - Space Resources Program at the Colorado School of Mines - CSP S02E22
Dr. Christopher Dreyer is the Associate Director of Engineering and co-creator of the Center for Space Resources at Colorado School of Mines. The School offers an exciting Space Resources Program and Dr. Dreyer has played an integral role in developing it. Chris meets with Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan to discuss the Program.   We cover:   how Chris got involved with the idea of asteroid mining   the way one creates a curriculum for something that hasn't existed before  - why the School decided to go with an online program format instead of in-class  exactly what is taught in a course Dr. Dreyer developed for the program, such as Space Resources Fundamentals   what if any relevance Earth-based capabilities and experience the Colorado School of Mines developed has for asteroid mining  technologies available and being developed to prospect for and process resources in space   how close or far away Dr. Dreyer believes we are to actual asteroid mining.   One of the first things I noticed on Dr. Dreyer's LinkedIn profile was a recommendation from Dr. Joel Sercel, also a guest on this show. Dr. Sercel's Momentus firm and Dr. Dreyer's School do have a relationship and we discuss that in this episode.   Dr. Sercel's appearance is here:    Space Resources Program:   Talk to Cold Star:    Boring legal stuff:  This is an impartial interview and Cold Star Tech and its representatives did not receive any compensation for it. Nor do we receive any compensation for any other episodes. No one reviews our content before it is posted. All opinions are those of Jason Kanigan, Cold Star Tech's founder.
March 2, 2020
Clinton Clark - Space Situational Awareness with ExoAnalytic - Cold Star Project S02E21
Clinton Clark is the Vice President of First Impressions at ExoAnalytic Solutions, and our topic is space situational awareness.    Space Surveillance and Tracking (SST) Space Domain Awareness (SDA) Space Traffic Management (STM) Space Situational Awareness (SSA)   are all terms--some newer than others--applicable to what ExoAnalytic does.   Clint Clark and Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan dig into what these terms mean, how the company goes about providing such services, and their impact on space.   ExoAnalytic Solutions website:   Talk to Cold Star:
February 24, 2020
Ken Cesar - What It Takes To Build A Real Business Today - Cold Star Project
Founder of TWO seven-figure businesses, under-30 Ken Cesar, is back on the Cold Star Project. This is an unusual episode because it's Cold Star Tech founder Jason Kanigan and Ken Cesar having a frank discussion of what's wrong with the Internet Marketing-driven business model and mindset... and what it takes to build a real business today.   Ken insisted we have this nothing-held-back, no-sacred-cows conversation because he, like me, is irritated with the copy-and-paste popup businesses we've been seeing so much of for the past several years.    They're created by rushing newbie business owners who have no idea what they're doing beyond copying a broken business model--and making something that MAY generate a splash of revenue for a short time before quickly becoming obsolete. The "owner" has therefore built precisely nothing. It is an epidemic getting worse and worse, and we want to do something to fight it.   Ripping off someone else's business, such as copying an Amazon drop shipping knife sales operation and trying to supply the product at a lower price...which is probably a business already ripped off from someone else... is NOT the way to long term or even medium term sustainable success. There are other things you need to be focusing on: things that are not at all being talked about in the IM-driven world.   Expect contrarian concepts and a depth of inquiry and understanding you won't hear anywhere else.    Ken's previous appearance on the Cold Star Project: Talk to Cold Star:
February 19, 2020
Robert Whearty - Understanding Space Insurance - Cold Star Project S02E20
Robert Whearty is Senior VP, Space Projects at Marsh, an insurance brokerage for the space industry. He's also a satellite engineer. On this episode of the Cold Star Project, Bob joins host Jason Kanigan of Cold Star Tech to explain how insurance for satellites works.   We take a broad look at the state of the space insurance field right now, with questions like: what's the process for insuring a satellite or constellation? is the money supply for space insurance expanding or contracting at the moment? how is space insurance different from traditional insurance fields?  Talk to Cold Star:
February 17, 2020
Pete Worden - 40 Year War Against The Machine - Cold Star Project S02E19
Dr. Pete Worden, NASA Ames Research Center Director from 2006 - 2015, is the guest on this special episode of the Cold Star Project. Dr. Rick Fleeter hosts at the Space Horizons 2020 conference at Brown University on February 8, 2020.  Dr. Worden shares his views on his long career in the Space field, and because he is answerable to no one we get to hear some powerful opinions. Dr. Fleeter is a Professor at Brown, host of the annual Space Horizons conference and Cold Star's Technical Engineering Advisor. Talk to Cold Star:
February 12, 2020
Temidayo Oniosun - State of the Space Industry In Africa Today - Cold Star Project S02E18
Managing Director of Space In Africa, Temidayo Oniosun, is on the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan. Voted in 2018 as one of the World 24 Under 24 Leaders and Innovators in SPACE and STEAM by The Mars Generation, as well as one of the recipients of 35 Under 35 space industry recognition award by the International Institute of Space Commerce, Temidayo is an important voice in the Space field.   Hearing what is going on from outside the traditional North American and European centers of space industry is valuable and so we strive to bring you such interviews. Here, we discuss:   what brought Temidayo to the love of space? what he believes is the most exciting development in the African space industry right now what he wants people living outside Africa to know about space investment on the continent...unexpected capabilities, rising stars the state of the African space economy, and how much or little cooperation is happening between nation states  how he gathers the data for his Space In Africa industry reports, which are typically bought by executives and analysts outside the continent...and who makes for the best consumers of this information.    Talk to Cold Star:
February 10, 2020
Judi Sandrock - Modular Smallsat Teaching Tools with Xinabox - Cold Star Project S02E17
Xinabox co-founder Judi Sandrock from South Africa is on the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan, and we're talking about their modular smallsat teaching tools.   XinaBox designs, develops, and sells modular electronics for the IoT and STEM education markets, in senior schools as well as universities. The technology allows for rapid IoT, embedded and electronics prototyping and development, without soldering, wiring or other hardware knowledge … just coding.   We discuss:   successes and challenges of working on the MEDO Space (Meta Economic Development Organisation) and the Space STEM program in Africa   what's missing in STEM education, both in Africa and abroad   what Industry 4.0 is and why it's important   How Xinabox is creating a huge opportunity for impact in STEM education worldwide   How the Xinabox team was involved in the ThinSat and xSat STEM satellite constellations.    For those listening on the audio version, a still of an Xinabox kit is at    Further info about Xinabox products including shop:  (not an affiliate link)    Talk to Cold Star:
February 3, 2020
Pauline Faure - Inside the CubeSat Lab at Cal Poly - Cold Star Project S02E16
Dr. Pauline Faure, Assistant Professor at California Polytechnic State University's Aerospace Engineering Department, is on the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan. We're talking about what it's like to be a student in Cal Poly's CubeSat Lab.   Dr. Faure has international experience in Europe, Japan and the USA. The lab has completed eight missions in the past year including the bus for Lightsail 2. This is a great interview for space students.   Talk to Cold Star:
January 27, 2020
Laura Forczyk - Rise of the Space Age Millennials - Cold Star Project S02E15
Astralytical founder Dr. Laura Forczyk is on the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan to talk about her new book, Rise of the Space Age Millennials. We also cover a number of other space topics, such as commentary on policy questions like:  reduced ISS crew size NASA's Commercial Crew Program Space Tourism US Space Policy Megaconstellations and astronomer rights   Rise of the Space Age Millennials book page (not an affiliate link): Talk to Cold Star:
January 20, 2020
Laura Montgomery - US Space Law Regulations - Cold Star Project S02E14
Space lawyer and scifi writer Laura Montgomery is on the Cold Star Project, and we're digging into how Congress, US agencies and operators work to create and enforce space regulations.   With host Jason Kanigan, we discuss:  the basics of how space law works in the US and for US citizens abroad   how Laura's FAA experience built and impacted her approach to space law  the question of sovereignty in space law ("They didn't say I couldn't so I can"; OST Article 1 vs Article 2)   the way regulatory and treaty issues can impact space law   how human space flight is regulated in the United States of America   how Laura's space law practice has influenced her science fiction writing.   Laura Montgomery is Proprietor of Ground Based Space Matters, Adjunct Professor of space law at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law, a former manager FAA space law branch (3 years) and senior attorney for commercial space transportation (18 years).    Talk to Cold Star:
January 13, 2020
Michael Lyon - Space Tourism and Space Startups - Cold Star Project S02E13
Michael Lyon, founder of Xtronaut Enterprises, is a mentor at the Creative Destruction Lab tech accelerator, with a history of work in the space tourism and education fields. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University School of Management, and was general counsel with James Cameron on Deep Ocean Expeditions (Titanic, Bismark).   On the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan we discuss:   the experience of traveling in a submersible to hydrothermal vents 8600 feet beneath the ocean surface   what Michael has learned as a mentor at the Creative Destruction Lab   what space and AI company founders need to do before they start looking for seed round funding   the deadly things startups consistently miss to protect themselves legally as they begin operation   how Michael's company, Xtronaut Enterprises, is involved in the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission   the hurdles to commercial space tourism and how the field may develop.    Talk to Cold Star:
January 6, 2020
Jim Cantrell - Funding and Building Space Companies - CSP S02E12
Jim Cantrell, founder of StratSpace, was SpaceX's first senior business development executive. StratSpace has been involved in 46 satellite and deep space missions, with clients ranging from NASA, USAF, NRO, major aerospace companies and many space startups including ICEYE, Moon Express and York Space Systems.   In this episode of the Cold Star Project, host Jason Kanigan asks Jim Cantrell about funding and building space companies. We dig into:   what investors at different levels are most looking for in space ventures, beyond making a profit how Jim's hiring practices have changed and what he looks for to bring the right people on board why StatSpace focused on smallsats as a core business, rather than launch vehicles experience with ICEYE, OSIRIS-REx, and other missions Jim's fun projects of restoring vintage racecars.    Playlist:  Subscribe:  Talk to Cold Star:
December 30, 2019
Moriba Jah - Resident Space Objects and Orbital Collision Prevention - CSP S02E11
On this episode on the Cold Star Project, hosted by Jason Kanigan, our guest is Dr. Moriba Jah. Dr. Jah had an amazing career as navigator of a number of NASA Mars missions, and is now Director, Computational Astronautical Sciences & Technologies, Oden Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.   I was referred to Dr. Jah by Fred Kennedy, past director of the US Space Development Agency, as a person "leading the charge" on space traffic management.   In our interview, we cover:   the reason current collision detection equations are so lousy, and what we can do to improve them how photoacoustic sensing can be improved and used to develop Resident Space Object (RSO) signatures what we need to learn before machine learning/AI can be used to identify threatening behaviors or as a forensic tool after anomalous events what credibility metrics are for collision prevention, what's missing, and why we need these how Bayesian equations can be used to improve our space tracking data, orbital collision detection models and certainty what curved space is, and what is challenging about modeling RSO travel within it what we can investigate and build so we have a tool to estimate debris fields upon reentry--no models of which exist now.   Notes:  Dr. Moriba Jah's article on Wikipedia:  Orekit database by CS Group (creator of which will be a guest on an upcoming episode):   Playlist:  Subscribe:  Talk to Cold Star Tech:   Jason Kanigan is producing a weekday update series of short videos, called Make Space Boring. These cover who he's meeting and what he's studying in the space field. If you'd like to follow along, sign up here for updates by email: https://www.coldstartech/msb
December 23, 2019
Peter Taylor - The Lazy Project Manager for Space Executives - Cold Star Project S02E10
The Lazy Project Manager, Peter Taylor, is on the Cold Star Project to share his experience in what it takes to improve project performance. Space engineers, like other technical executives, are typically excellent at the practical and material side of project tasks; however, as in other industries would greatly benefit from improving their project management skills.   With host Jason Kanigan, Peter discusses:   the origin of the ‘Lazy Project Manager’ (book: -- NOT an affiliate link)   whether project managers are learning or becoming ‘productively lazier’ the upcoming new book releasing in January 2020 (Project Management: It's All Bollocks: -- NOT an affiliate link)   Project Sponsorship weakness   Lack of connection from C-Level execs to on the ground project change delivery   The rise of ‘projects as usual’ with people delivering change as part of their day to day job  - The future of project management, including the potential impact of artificial intelligence / machine learning / data science.    Cold Star Tech is on a mission to bring automotive-style continuous manufacturing process improvements to smallsat and cubesat commercial operations. In doing so, costs will be lowered; profits will be increased; and most importantly, smallsat mission success rates will be raised. User adoption of space technology is our goal.   Talk to Cold Star:
December 16, 2019
ITAR vs EAR for Space Companies - MSBN S01E03
What's the difference between ITAR and EAR for space companies? When do the International Traffic in Arms Regulations apply instead of  the Export Administration Regulations?   Join Cold Star Tech president Jason Kanigan in a brief look at these export regulations and how they are applied. You'll likely hear some surprising things about how ITAR and EAR apply to space companies.    I am not an attorney and this is not legal or "professional" advice. All views expressed are my own.   Sign up for "Make Space Boring" updates by email:
December 15, 2019
Joel Sercel - Mini Bee Prototype for Asteroid Mining - Cold Star Project S02E09
The Mini Bee asteroid mining craft prototype is the topic of this episode of the Cold Star Project, and Dr. Joel Sercel is our guest. Momentus Space and TransAstra are teaming up with a NASA NIAC grant and other investors to prove the concept of this new asteroid mining technology.   Dr. Sercel has considerable experience in the space field, having designed JPL's space project process. We cover:   tradeoffs in vehicle design of the Mini Bee  process for Mini Bee proof of concept  "process maturity" concept for Air Force projects he lead  biggest surprise in his JPL experience  smallsat market predictions.    Mini Bee project info on NASA site: Cold Star Tech is on a mission to bring automotive-style continuous manufacturing process improvements to smallsat and cubesat commercial operations. In doing so, costs will be lowered; profits will be increased; and most importantly, smallsat mission success rates will be raised.   Talk to Cold Star:
December 10, 2019
Christopher Johnson - What the Public Needs to Know About Space Law - Cold Star Project S02E08
Space lawyer and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center Christopher Johnson is on the Cold Star Project. With host Jason Kanigan, the Secure World Foundation space law advisor shares what the public needs to know about space law.   Space law is a complex and often unclear subject, operating on corporate, national and international levels. Chris explains how space law approaches topics such as:   Government regulation of services and nation state liability  Planetary protection   How space resources may be used   Property rights on celestial bodies   Achieving consensus on space policy and regulations   Militarization of space.    Notes:   Softwood lumber dispute summary: Space Law summary resource: Secure World Foundation:   Cold Star Tech is on a mission to bring automotive-style continuous manufacturing process improvements to smallsat and cubesat commercial operations. In doing so, costs will be lowered; profits will be increased; and most importantly, smallsat mission success rates will be raised.   Talk to Cold Star:
December 2, 2019
Proposed Rules for Securing US National Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain - Make Space Boring News S01E02
In May 2019, the President issued Executive Order 13873, declaring a national emergency concerning the national Information and Communications Technology and Services (ICTS) supply chain security, and instructing the Department of Commerce to take action. On November 26, 2019, the Department of Commerce released proposed rules "to identify, assess, and address ICTS transactions" posing risk to US ICTS, the US digital economy's critical infrastructure, and national security or security and safety of US persons. Join Jason Kanigan of Cold Star Tech in a quick look at the reasons why the Executive Order was issued, what the Department of Commerce intends as a solution, and the possible effects of the proposed rule. Executive Order 13873 (May 15,  2019): Department of Commerce response (November 26, 2019): I am not an attorney and this is not legal or "professional" advice. All views expressed are my own. Sign up for "Make Space Boring" updates: Talk to Cold Star:
November 30, 2019
Simon Gwozdz - Equatorial Space Industries In Southeast Asia - Cold Star Project S02E07
Simon Gwozdz, founder of Equatorial Space Industries, is on the Cold Star Project with Jason Kanigan to tell us about the space industry outside of the North American and European theaters.   The commercial space launch operator shares his efforts to develop a dedicated nanosat launch vehicle in Southeast Asia, as well as the initial success he and his team have had.   We look into issues space startup companies face, unexpected local Singapore-based space expertise, and differences between the North American and European centers and his local area of operation.   Equatorial Space Industries qualified for the Top 500 Deeptech Statups worldwide, and is drawing increasing attention as an up-and-comer.    More about the company at   Cold Star Tech is on a mission to bring automotive-style continuous manufacturing process improvements to smallsat and cubesat commercial operations. In doing so, costs will be lowered; profits will be increased; and most importantly, smallsat mission success rates will be raised.   Talk to Cold Star:
November 25, 2019
New WRC-19 ITU Regulations for Megaconstellations - Make Space Boring News S01E01
WRC-19 concludes with new ITU regulations for operators of smallsat megaconstellations.   But what are these new smallsat / cubesat regulations, and what do they mean?   Join Jason Kanigan of Cold Star Tech for a quick look at the history of and reason for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, 28 October to 22 November 2019, regulations for International Telecommunication Union members on small satellite constellation deployment milestones.   With these regulations, the ITU seeks to ensure member state operators do not "warehouse spectrum" and block other, smaller operators from access.   I am not an attorney and this is not legal or "professional" advice. All views expressed are my own.    Sign up for "Make Space Boring" updates: Talk to Cold Star:
November 23, 2019
Riccardo Albertoni - Electric Propulsion for Smallsats - Cold Star Project S02E06
Dr. Riccardo Albertoni, a member of the Airbus team in charge of developing electric propulsion systems including the one used on the OneWeb constellation, is our guest on the Cold Star Project. His team was the 2017 & 2019 Winner of the Airbus Defence and Space Award for Excellence, and he lectures on electric propulsion at the Airbus Space Academy.   Dr. Albertoni explains how electric propulsion for satellites works, as well as its role in the market.   While electric propulsion has several advantages, it is not a fit for every type of mission. He explains to host Jason Kanigan that there will continue to be room for conventional combustion propulsion systems.   Dr. Albertoni concludes by sharing his views on what new developments are upcoming in the electric propulsion field.   Cold Star Tech is on a mission to bring automotive-style continuous manufacturing process improvements to smallsat and cubesat commercial operations. In doing so, costs will be lowered; profits will be increased; and most importantly, smallsat mission success rates will be raised.   Talk to Cold Star:
November 18, 2019
Amelia Greig - What Smallsat Projects Are Like For University Students - Cold Star Project S02E05
Dr. Amelia Greig of the University of Texas at El Paso's Center for Space Exploration and Technology Research is on the Cold Star Project to talk about her experience. We're looking into both her own experience as a student and professor, and that of her graduate students in today's programs.   Dr. Greig earned an Australian National University doctorate in plasma physics & electrical propulsion, a Postdoctorate in Plasma Physics at CalTech, and taught aerospace propulsion, space environment and spacecraft thermal control at California Polytechnic State University before moving to the University of Texas.   I wanted to hear from "boots on the ground" about what's going on in academia regarding smallsats. So we cover what kind of courses students are interested in, the hands-on opportunities they're being given in addition to classroom theory, and Dr. Greig's vision for the future.   In addition, she shares her thoughts on what graduate students can and should be doing before and as graduation approaches so they can maximize their job opportunities. Networking done well during this time can pay off strongly into their career.   You can connect with Dr. Greig at    Talk to Cold Star:
November 11, 2019
Rick Fleeter - A Personal History of Smallsats - The Cold Star Project S02E04
Dr. Rick Fleeter, associate adjunct professor at Brown University and visiting lecturer at La Sapienza (Rome), has decades of personal history with small satellites.    “I got started in microspace through amateur radio and AMSAT. In the early 1980s I had the unusual experience of spending evenings building small satellites in a garage in Redondo Beach, CA, paid for essentially with small contributions by the team that was building them, while during the day working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and then TRW, where it was insisted that without something close to $1 billion there wasn’t much you could do other than paper studies.”   Rick Fleeter was launching smallsats in the 1970s, when they were considered merely a hobby or toys. Since then he has helped change the perception of cubesats to useful tools by leading well designed, cost-minimized projects. As an example, Brown's Space Engineering department built a satellite for just $5000. He has written books, founded the company AeroAstro and the Space Horizons annual conference at Brown.   In this interview, Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan asks Dr. Rick Fleeter about the smallsat and cubesat field, new developments, frustrations with space, and even company development.   Inquiries for Dr. Fleeter can be emailed to:    Talk to Cold Star:
November 4, 2019
Isaac Arthur - The Future of Smallsats - The Cold Star Project S02E03
Host of the top space educator YouTube channel, Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur, is on the Cold Star Project and we're talking about the future of smallsats. Isaac Arthur shares his views with host Jason Kanigan on: the potential impact of economies of scale and the sheer number of cubesats about to be put into orbit tracking problems and space debris cleanup possibly resulting from mission failure, end of life, and collisions connectivity improvements leading to SAR (search and rescue) & lifesaving operations the next two or three decades of industry & commercial development of continuous launches to place and replace satellite constellations the future of smallsat technology and "space jobs." Check out Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur here: Talk to Cold Star:
October 28, 2019
Ron Martinelli - Forensic Criminology & Critical Investigations - Cold Star Project S02E02
Why a forensic criminologist / incident investigator on a Space podcast? Dr. Ron Martinelli has much to share with us about how to analyze documentation properly, derive lessons from it, and become a truly learning organization.   Dr. Ron Martinelli is a nationally renowned forensic criminologist who is the only police expert in the country who is also a Certified Medical Investigator at the physician’s level.   Dr. Ron directs the nation’s only multidisciplinary Forensic Death Investigations & Independent Review Team and specializes in forensic investigations including officer-involved and civilian self-defense shooting death cases.   Everything he has to share is directly applicable to improving smallsat mission success rates.   In this episode of the Cold Star Project we're digging into:   ways in which evidence can be misleading   the effectiveness or lack thereof of bodycams (and all cameras) how movies & TV portray psychological profilers versus real life the way "the story can change over time" and lessons invalidated that you thought you had learned--and indoctrinated the entire culture about in the meantime, getting it all wrong the importance of processes & systems to collect critical data.   Find out more about Dr. Ron Martinelli at  Talk to Cold Star:
October 21, 2019
Matthew Travis - Enabling Simplified, Rapid Access To Space - The Cold Star Project S02E01
Phoenix Launch Systems co-founder and Vogue Aerospace president Matthew Travis is on the Cold Star Project to share his plans for enabling simplified, rapid access to space.   With a nanosatellite launch system and versatile space transportation system, Matt is engaged in the mission to bring launches to a daily occurrence. His experience with smallsat components and interest in streamlining products and processes provide the drive to keep costs minimized and a goal of US $750K launches.   We discover what Matt learned about the reliability of third party component specifications and other experiences "from the front lines" in this interview.   Contact Matt by email at   Talk to Cold Star:  Cold Star Tech: "Make Space Boring" - Smallsat Manufacturing Process Improvement & Data Science
October 16, 2019
Steve Yanovsky - Culture and Compliance In Hospital Sterile Processing Departments
My guest on the Cold Star Project this time is the Director of Education and a partner at the Boston Career Institute, where they train sterile processing techs.   I have been interested in the sterile processing field for some time as it exists at the intersection of the opportunities I enjoy most:   compliance culture  time-based critical mission (and hopefully) desire to be the best.   That last is not always in evidence out there.   Steve Yanovsky's insight to this world was fascinating to me. I have spoken with Steve before but we had not gotten to this level of detail. This conversation immediately got me started on looking for evidence of such culture mismatches elsewhere...and I suspect they are just about everywhere.   I have certainly seen this kind of issue in the world of sales training: the VPs of Business Development have zero idea what the "boots on the ground" problems their front line salespeople are experiencing...they only care about their numbers.   Especially if you are in the healthcare field this will be an eye-opener. I'd recommend it as alarming listening for anyone interested in the world and human affairs, though.   You'll hear about how:   Sterile Processing Departments (SPDs) could lose 70% of their workforce because they can't get their staff certified the Sterile Processing Tech (SPT) field is much bigger than equipment / setup / sterilization  much discretion left to the tech, supervisor, etc. on carrying out of tasks  SPTs can "get ahead" in hospital work environments  the missing culture connection of the SPD directly to patient care in the operating room is causing training and delivery problems.   Talk to Cold Star:
October 8, 2019
The Unknown Impact of Albert Kahn On Industrial Architecture - The Cold Star Project
This time on the Cold Star Project we're looking at Albert Kahn. Kahn’s firm pioneered standardization and modular systems, and had the biggest impact on industrial architecture in the 20th Century--yet is almost completely unknown both in the USA and Russia despite having done major projects in both countries.   Kahn's USP was designing buildings on time & under budget, with good quality of construction. The "Why" of hiring his firm was not about hiring the artist (as with contemporary Frank Lloyd Wright) but rather the "corporate guarantee" Kahn's leadership brought to the table.   The USSR's transition from an agrarian to industrial economy was certainly sparked by the teaching and involvement of Kahn's firm as the Soviets hired them to teach their engineers and build their first giant mass production factories.   I'm indebted to Claire Zimmerman and Sonia Melnikova-Raich for the information used to create this episode. After the release of this episode, Ms. Melnikova-Raich reached out to approve linking of her paper here: Playlist:  Subscribe:  Talk to Cold Star:
September 19, 2019
Luis Lomanov - Building Scalable Financial Infrastructures - Cold Star Project
CPA Luis Lomanov and author of Financial Foundations works with high growth tech firms to give them scalable financial infrastructures. In early stage, fast growth periods, Luis excels at helping these companies avoid taking on big costs too soon. These include processes and systems the owners are typically not thinking about, which enable them to avoid:   getting sucked into unprofitable "busy work" that takes them away from sales  hiring a $150K/yr CFO too early -their people and systems breaking when the level of activity quadruples  KPIs that don't help the owners in making decisions  running out of cash unexpectedly in the middle of a growth spurt.   This discussion about scalable financial systems between Cold Star Project host Jason Kanigan and Upward Insights Managing Partner Luis Lomanov will show you the key perspective to have about money processes as you grow.   Connect with Luis Lomanov on LinkedIn. Talk to Cold Star:
September 10, 2019
Todd Hockenberry - Effective Inbound Marketing for Service Organizations - The Cold Star Project
Todd Hockenberry returns to the Cold Star Project to share his experience with and views on how to make inbound marketing effective for service organizations.   While many service companies believe they understand their ideal customer avatar and buyer's journey, the fact is they're often irritating their best customers. What those customers want is not what the company believes they do--or what the organization wants to "push."   Todd Hockenberry is the author of "Inbound Organization: How to Build and Strengthen Your Company's Future Using Inbound Principles."  Learn more about Top Line Results and Todd through this Welcome Link: Talk to Cold Star:
September 2, 2019
Brian Reynolds - Improving Manufacturing Firms In the $50 - 100 Million Space - Cold Star Project
Brian Reynolds helps family-run firms, often in the manufacturing space, in the $50 - 100 million revenue range "replace stale and ineffective business models with modern, integrated sales & marketing processes." In this episode of the Cold Star Project hosted by Jason Kanigan, Brian Reynolds talks about the challenges of navigating the family through a process of your plans can survive the holiday dinner you are not invited to. Is the business' vision separated from its tasks? Is there succession planning? And how important is branding to the owners? These are key questions Brian raises in our discussion. Brian notes that it's a terrible idea to run your business as if nothing bad will ever happen. Yet that is how most are operated. Listen in and find out what you can be doing differently as a business owner to ensure yours doesn't get stuck. Talk to Cold Star:
August 27, 2019
Charles Radley - Predicting Space Collisions and Avoiding the Kessler Syndrome - Cold Star Project
Space Initiatives Inc. president Charles Radley is on a mission to make collision detection between objects in orbit much more effective. The current technology is not as good as you might think, and there is an opportunity to improve space collision detection at an affordable investment. A major danger of orbital collisions is not just the crashing of one object into another, but a cascading series of impacts called the Kessler Syndrome. The worst outcome for a Kessler Syndrome incident is an orbital debris field blocking launches for generations. And it is not a fantasy. Talk to Cold Star:
August 19, 2019
Marc Mawhinney - Thick Face, Black Heart - The Cold Star Project
Thick Face, Black Heart by Chin-Ning Chu is an operations manual for realists. It's a field guide for people who want to develop a thicker skin. It's all about the art of stopping being a people-pleaser and becoming just a little more ruthless in the pursuance of your goals.   Marc Mawhinney is the founder of Natural Born Coaches and the connected group The Coaching Jungle on Facebook, a 16,000-strong container for coaches of all kinds. After having a real estate business implode under him (discussed in a previous appearance on this show), Marc dusted himself off and moved in a different direction. Using Thick Face, Black Heart as his guide, Marc has created new success while "keeping his belly covered" as sales trainer David Sandler would say.   If you're a fan of The Secret, you owe it to yourself to see the contrast available in Thick Face, Black Heart. Join Marc Mawhinney and Jason Kanigan for this fun discussion of entrepreneurship "behind the scenes."   You can find the Coaching jungle via Talk to Cold Star: 
August 12, 2019
Todd Hockenberry - Scaling An Industrial Manufacturing Business With Effective Inbound Marketing
Todd Hockenberry is on the Cold Star Project to share his experiences with growing industrial manufacturing firms through effective inbound marketing. He has many valuable stories to share about improving your results.   Being overly focused on the product results in a way of thinking about your business that stops sales from happening. There is far more going on in your buyer's mind than wondering about a list of features.   Todd's way of thinking about industrial manufacturing marketing begins with answering the question, "How does the buyer of this product actually buy?" And that leads to the strategy, then the tactics through the right inbound marketing content. The details of the situation around the buying decision are the key to this content, not features.   Todd Hockenberry is the author of "Inbound Organization: How to Build and Strengthen Your Company's Future Using Inbound Principles."  Learn more about Top Line Results and Todd through this Welcome Link:  Talk to Cold Star: 
August 5, 2019
The Power of Accurate Documentation - The Cold Star Project
Your organization's speed of response is critical, whether it's taking advantage of opportunities in the marketplace, delivering on a critical mission, or responding to an angry customer. Yet most companies' documentation processes are terrible. And without good, timely documentation, you won't learn anything. Tune in for examples of how poor or non-existent documentation processes have resulted in failure of organizations...and most disturbingly, lessons these organizations thought they learned becoming invalidated as the story of what happened changed over time. That changing story is a direct result of poor documentation. Talk to Cold Star:
July 31, 2019
Your Business Can Only Grow As Big As The Way You Think About It - The Cold Star Project
Verne Harnish has a great diagram in his book Scaling Up. I use it all over the place. The diagram shows 28 million firms in the USA, divided into categories by revenue. You might be surprised at just how few companies reach $50 million. And between each category, you must go through what Harnish terms the "Valley of Death"! To scale up to the next revenue plateau, you must adapt or die. How well you adapt is directly impacted by the way you're thinking about your business. Over the past year or so, I've been searching for different ways of thinking about businesses. Yet the newbie crowd, who are only interested in what I call "newbie talk"--focus on traffic and conversion, tactics, hacks and magic bullets--hear what I bring back from my searches as "philosophical" or just plain nonsense. But the fact is, having talked about "newbie talk" topics from 2011 through around 2016, I'm simply no longer interested in those topics. They seem like kids' stuff to me. You can still get all my old content out there for free. In this episode, I'm giving a clear example of different thinking. Three different organizations have three different ways of thinking about...and solving...the same problem. Until now, you've likely been unconsciously following just one way of thinking in your business. You probably never thought there was another way of thinking about it. Yet your competitors are surely thinking in those different ways. Which of you will succeed? The one that adapts the best--which is the one that THINKS the best. Listen in and discover something new. This is just as real to me as rocks and trees. It's not philosophy.
July 30, 2019
Trent Dyrsmid - Scaling Amazon Wholesaling With SOPs - The Cold Star Project and founder Trent Dyrsmid is on the Cold Star Project with Jason Kanigan to share the incredible value of SOPs in building your Amazon Wholesaling business.   Trent immediately documented his processes as he created his own Amazon wholesaling operation, and makes these SOPs available to other sellers.   Not knowing your numbers is the #1 issue he sees with business owners. And to do that, he has specific programs he recommends you get training on and use.   We also talk about different Amazon business models and why wholesaling is likely the best choice for newbies today.   Talk to Cold Star: 
July 29, 2019
SaaS Dashboards: You Only Manage What They Let You SEE - The Cold Star Project
"What's the best SaaS dashboard product?" is a common question I'm asked. And my answer is: the one you build yourself. No one knows your KPIs as well as you do...and the limitations in the thinking of the dashboard developers will blind you if you use their product. Talk to Cold Star about your situation:
July 28, 2019
Attila Dobai - Disruption In The Marketplace - The Cold Star Project
Avis' Manager of Strategy & Innovation, Attila Dobai, returns to the Cold Star Project with Jason Kanigan to share his experience over the last several months causing disruption in his marketplace.    While leading an innovative program to offer truck rentals at major retailer parking lots, Attila also managed to take a Harvard Business School course on disruption, attend a live networking event at Cambridge afterwards, speak on two stages, and become an examiner for the Baldrige Awards.   Yes, it was a busy Spring for Attila. Join us to hear the details and learn about marketplace disruption.   Talk to Cold Star: 
July 22, 2019
Wes Schaeffer - Process Before Login: Helping You Pick The Right CRM - The Cold Star Project
I asked Wes Schaeffer, the Sales Whisperer, back on to the Cold Star Project to follow up on his previous appearance, "What CRM Should I Get?" Turned out there were plenty of details for us to cover, so you could understand what you need to get together before you go out shopping for a new CRM.  If you don't write down the process you're using to gather leads and market to them, you'll get suckered in by bloated CRM programs that sell you features you don't need and will never use. Wes explains the steps you must go through to make sure you don't fall into this trap, and instead get the right CRM for you--the one you will actually use.  You'll learn a lot from our straightforward discussion, and if you want Wes' free CRM training package afterwards, it's at   Talk to Cold Star: 
July 15, 2019
Adam Crowl - Point-to-Point and Titan - The Cold Star Project
Adam Crowl returns to the Cold Star Project to talk about a "moon-based gas station," point-to-point travel, and why many space-focused people want us to go to Titain.  To become a spacefaring society we're going to need infrastructure, and what we're discussing today could be an economically and physically practical part of that.   Adam's blog is   More about Cold Star: 
July 8, 2019
Fraser Cain - Starlink and Startups - The Cold Star Project
Space news aggregator and educator Fraser Cain is on the Cold Star Project to discuss Elon Musk's Starlink and his experience with startups.  SHOW NOTES: First we cover the Starlink constellation:  -what is it (high speed worldwide ISP satellite network)  -compliance requirements -space junk / Kessler Syndrome problem - lowered planned altitude solution -astronomers not consulted - streaks of satellites crossing images blocking view (somewhat fixed)  -privacy & political considerations - it's a broadcast network - no intermediary / routing - all traffic will go at same speed.   Fraser co-founded 2 businesses in the 90s that went public and another that he made a lifestyle business:   -Absolute Software for a laptop theft recovery system web development for large companies  -Communicate owned early one word domain names  -discovered self-knowledge of where his genius range / fun point is in business  -found his "fun factor" is in educating and directly connecting with readers through Universe Today  -"20 years later still having a ball"  -features: minimal staff, built to last, strong purpose (not Exit for money, but "how do I make this more fun for me?")  -uses Pateron because he doesn't like paywalls  -how self-directed vs Patreon-directed? His readers want the "chefs special"  -If-Then Statements about Happiness that don't work out in reality (people end up sadly surprised), so pick something you love.  Get on Fraser's newsletter distribution list at   Talk to Cold Star:  
July 1, 2019
Eustratius Graham - Beyond NERVA: Nuclear Space Propulsion - The Cold Star Project
Self-educated nuclear propulsion expert Eustratius "Stuart" Graham joins host Jason Kanigan on the Cold Star Project to bring us up to speed on this topic.   Stuart is consulted by Space industry professionals and is building an online repository of history and information about nuclear propulsion for space vehicles.   Our discussion is a great primer for you to understand the historical development of nuclear propulsion (which was primarily completed in the 1970s) and how it is being planned for use today.   Beyond NERVA blog and encyclopediac site: 
June 24, 2019
Every Law Creates An Outlaw - The Cold Star Project
In today's solo episode of the Cold Star Project, I'm sharing an example of how harsh demands force people to think outside the box. And that's often not good for you.   The brutal demands on Germany of the 1919 Versailles Treaty ending WWI prompted Weimar politicians and military officials to come up with creative means to circumvent those restrictions. These means enabled Germany to pay off reparations much more quickly than anticipated and get out of economic domination, and also train and upgrade their armed forces in a way the treaty was specifically designed to prevent. Germany took their activities "off the radar" of the victorious Allies. If you can't see an event, you can't audit it. As we've covered in past discussions, poor documentation results in stories changing over time...and the lessons you thought you learned often being invalidated. Talk to Cold Star:
June 23, 2019
Ken Moskowitz - Thinking Like A Successful Business Owner As You Scale - The Cold Star Project
* BUILDING a business  * RUNNING a business * Running a SUCCESSFUL business   are all different things, and Ken Moskowitz of AdZombies is on the Cold Star Project with Jason Kanigan to tell us stories that highlight the differences.   We begin with the question, "Do companies actually learn anything?", and continue with how to put the right people into the right seats.   Our discussion about scaling covers:   business structure that doesn't fit the corporate model delegation of control and the corresponding trust needed in your people dealing with being easily distracted as a founder the difference between what Ken thought scaling was and what he found it to really be what to deliberately ignore and what to concentrate up on when deciding whether or not to bring on a new employee   What business are you in? What business are you really in? And what business should you be in, to "future-proof" your business? Ken poses and gives his real-world examples to answer these questions.   This is one of the top five interviews I've hosted.   Talk to Cold Star:  
June 17, 2019
Daxy Perez - Scaling Your Podcast - The Cold Star Project
Daxy Perez, founder of Legacy Podcasting and the Podcasting Success Secrets group on Facebook, is on the Cold Star Project with host Jason Kanigan to talk about growing your podcast.   We discuss:   how to pick the right audience to boost your chances of podcasting success determining your conversion strategy, ie. what you as the podcast host want your listeners to do next what podcasters can do to increase their podcast audience size the best attitude for podcasting success how to focus on the psychology of your avatar or target audience to improve the effectiveness of your podcast's marketing. He also describes from the examples of his clients what an underrated podcast looks like, sharing important details podcast hosts can build into their own shows.   Daxy points out that podcasting is not "like launching a product; it's not.: it's like starting a book. All right: now there's a lot more work to be done."   Talk with us: 
June 10, 2019
Derek Schmidt - Documenting Your Business With Swell System - The Cold Star Project
Swell System founder Derek Schmidt is back on the Cold Star Project and he's got some new stories of scaling to share. We discuss: - How business owners are using Swell to document their processes, so they can free up their own time and energy and learn - How agency owners can give up control of key tasks like bidding on jobs without fear that their people will screw up - Derek's appearance as a Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED)-featured tech presenter for a $50K grant - info at Swell is an integrated business management solution and is one of Cold Star Tech's Preferred Vendors. More information can be found through our referral link at Talk with us:
June 3, 2019
Do Companies Actually Learn Anything? - The Cold Star Project
Are Companies Actually LEARNING Anything? ("No.") Without accurate documentation, the story changes over time. And if the story changes over time, what can you say you've really learned? If you're not documenting what happens in your business, you and your people won't learn anything. Operational excellence will be an impossibility. You say, "Yeah, I know that," but I know hardly anyone is documenting anything. The processes, and the data that results from them, are in their heads or not recorded at all. And they data they do have? The accountant doesn't know what their production people need--and the production people don't know to ask accounting for it. So you don't "know that."
May 29, 2019
Peter Hoskins - Selling a Scaling Business - The Cold Star Project
How do you sell a scaling business? Particularly a process-based, zero employee business?   Peter Hoskins of RareCurve has succeeded in multiple six and seven-figure exits and this time on the Cold Star Project we're discussing the details of how he did it. What factors were involved in this seven-figure sale?   - How did Peter get the business organized to sell?   - How did he find an appropriate buyer?   - What kind of commitment was required to make the sale happen?   - How long did it take?   These and many other questions are answered in this extensive interview with a business creator who understands the importance of process and documentation. Join Peter Hoskins and Jason Kanigan for this in-depth conversation about selling a scaling business.   Talk to Cold Star: 
May 28, 2019
Michael Hiles - Strategic Thinking and Investment Funds, Fintech and Blockchain - Cold Star Project
10XTS (advanced fintech and regtech solutions provider) and Founder Institute - Cincinnati prime mover Michael Hiles is on the Cold Star Project and we're talking about big thinking and capital markets. This is a conversation far above the "tips and tricks" level and could well be an eye-opener for you.   We talk about fintech software, blockchain and cryptocurrency, creating your own opportunity zone investment fund, and improving capital efficiency. You'll learn the difference between "balance sheet" dollars versus "hustle revenue" dollars and what scaling your financial processes might look like.   The kind of fund Michael shares details about here is useful to offset tax gain liability.   We also cover how you can begin to develop your own expert contact base, which is the key to opening doors to working at a higher level.   Talk to Cold Star: 
May 20, 2019
David Reeser - opiAID is using AI to Combat the Opioid Overdose Crisis - The Cold Star Project
On average 130 people die from opioid overdose every day [CDC.] "If I see injustice you must act": David Reeser is a leader in the true sense of the word. In striving to leverage the AI skills of his other business and harness the power of the community in Wilmington NC through opiAID, David is leading the work to over come the opioid epidemic.   The process begins with language: recognizing that victims of the opioid overdose crisis are our neighbors. And we help our neighbors.   David is one of the most genuine, Be-Here-Now people I have met. His intention on solving this deadly problem is laser-focused and I have no doubt that he will achieve the goals opiAID has. I attended the monthly meetup held to update stakeholders at Tek Mountain, and was very impressed with the 30+ medical, therapist, startup and other professionals in the room.   From the opiAID website: "opiAID is a technology assisted therapy (TAT) offering an integrated communication platform that allows ALL Partners the ability to coordinate their efforts to save the life of at least one Neighbor. With real-time communication and accurate data – all working on a compliance-driven and fast cloud-based platform – this SaaS application will result in better reporting and more accurate data. Ultimately, lives will be saved and the cost of combating this disease will dramatically decrease.   "For our Neighbors, we are designing a wearable device with the capacity to detect cravings and alert a family member or counselor in the event of an emergency. If an overdose is detected, the device will deliver Naloxone and reverse the effects of the opioid, all while alerting emergency medical professionals of the Neighbor’s location."   opiAID is gathering community members and leaders in a way that hasn't happened before: it's more than technology.   opiAID website:   opiAID article in WRAL Tech Wire:  CDC information page on the opioid overdose crisis:  Talk to Cold Star: 
April 29, 2019
Dave Schneider - Building An MVP, Iterating, Then Selling SaaS - The Cold Star Project
NinjaOutreach was a 4 year startup SaaS for founder Dave Schneider. He and a co-founder worked with this idea for years, developing an MVP and then improving it until the opportunity to sell the product came along.   Dave's story is unlike the typical "We're perfect and did everything right" tale you'll hear spun by most SaaS founders. In this episode of the Cold Star Project you'll hear honesty about capabilities, marketing, churn and more that will make you sit up and take notice of what it really takes to succeed in the SaaS world.   While other founders will give you a snow job about how well they're doing and the performance of their product, Dave Schneider steps up to the plate to share the reality of what the SaaS experience is like for a whole lot of founders who choose this path.  Talk to Cold Star: 
April 22, 2019
Peter Loving - Pitfalls of SaaS Founders In Trying To Scale - The Cold Star Project
Peter Loving is the founder of the SaaS Founders and Execs group on Facebook, and from this position he has seen the pitfalls of many SaaS founders as they try to scale.    In this interview on the Cold Star Project, Peter shares the critical problems he has seen new SaaS founders run into again and again.   If you're thinking about becoming a SaaS founder, or are one who is struggling to find customers, this interview will show you the big issues between you and having a scaling business. And they are typically things you should consider before you begin your SaaS business...not when you're in the middle of it and stuck.   Talk to Cold Star Tech: 
April 15, 2019
John Garuti III - How To Scale To Sell With A Business Broker
I've had so many conversations with business owners and business brokers, and found:   + the owners are confused about why the brokers don't value their businesses as high as they thought they would...   + and the brokers are frustrated that the owners believe someone would give any value to a sloppy and undocumented business with no repeatable processes written down.   Just because your business has been around for some years is no cause for valuation at all. If you can't hand that business to another person and expect them to get the same results you did in a repeatable way, you haven't created value in regards to the sale of your business.   John Garuti III is a business broker I've known for some time and keep running into through my contacts. So I'm having him on the Cold Star Project to explain what brokers are looking for when they're developing a valuation figure for a business.   Owners, listen up! In this episode is your path to the valuation of your business you imagined when you started out on your entrepreneurial journey. You'll hear from John Garuti III the pitfalls and the boosters of business valuation in the world of selling and buying businesses.  If you think he's a fit for you, connect with John on LinkedIn.
April 8, 2019
Brad Gosse - Breaking WordPress and Scaling IT Infrastructure - The Cold Star Project
What at first seemed like a straightforward infrastructure upgrade for this clipart image sales firm turned into a nightmare.    Brad Gosse of Vector Toons was stuck trying to find a way to scale the storage and delivery functions for sales of his cartoon images, and WordPress had broken. WooCommerce was no longer doing the job.    And it turned out this problem was far more complex and challenging than anyone realized...including "experts" who said they'd figured out the way to solve it. Scaling WordPress for over one million images turned out to be a project failure.   Join us for an in-depth explanation of the problems in breaking WordPress as a sales and delivery website for media files, and what it took to find an effective solution at scale.    Brad started with around 30,000 images and is now over 3 million: imagine the strain this put on his IT infrastructure as he found his accelerator.   Talk to Cold Star Tech to discuss solutions to scaling in your business: 
April 1, 2019
Facebook Ads Are Going Up In Price! What Should You Do About It? - The Cold Star Project
Jason Kanigan of Cold Star Tech is on to talk about the recent increase in the price of Facebook and other platform advertising. Prompted by past guest Ken Cesar, and the change of the marketplace as it matures, Jason shares what he believes you should be doing as a business owner to stay alive. The costs of advertising are going to increase...and the complexity and time necessary to gain an ROI-positive customer will continue to rise: what will you do to ensure your business is around next year? You need to get more out of what you've got. Generating more leads is not the answer. Converting more of the leads you are paying for is. We look at conversion improvement methods such as: -using an indoctrination funnel -getting out of the groupthink of dashboards -documenting and refining your processes and more! Need help with what we've talked about in this episode? Talk to Cold Star:
March 25, 2019
Isaac Arthur - Kickstarting Space Infrastructure - The Cold Star Project
What's needed next for the people of Earth to kickstart space infrastructure?  The host of what I consider to be the best "Space explainer" channel on YouTube, Science and Futurism with Isaac Arthur, joins us here on the Cold Star Project to share his knowledge.   -Power production -Asteroid mining -The legalities of interactions in space -Smallsats  -Space stations  and even unusual space advertising are discussed.   Are you interested in the business of Space? Then stay tuned to this podcast and Jason Kanigan.   Book a time to talk to Cold Star Tech:   And check out Isaac's amazing channel here:
March 25, 2019
What Founders Should Really Be Doing: CEOs vs COOs and the Chief of Staff role
Young founders, particularly in tech and SaaS, are turning themselves into COOs instead of CEOs.   The mistake here is this unconscious choice turns you into someone who works IN your business instead of ON your business.   I explain what the true role of the founder/CEO is, and how you can free up your time and energy by making the conscious choice to get a Chief of Staff into the COO role.   What you think you should be doing are NOT the decisions and activities that are effective as a founder/CEO.  Recommended book: Chief of Staff by Tyler Parris If you're ready to talk to us at Cold Star Tech to get clarity on your business, use this link:
March 23, 2019
Stephen Lowisz - Scaling SaaS Sales Teams and Igniting Revenue - The Cold Star Project
Working with European and North American SaaS firms, Stephen Lowisz of 21 LEAP provides the sales systems and personnel to ignite fast growth.    You should be looking to grow your revenue by at least $1.2 million to work with Stephen's organization.   The entire lead nurturing sequence to get the prospect ready to talk to a live human being is also in 21 LEAP's scope. Automation without the perception of spam is the result, as Stephen segments large prospect lists into different and relevant pain points.  Talk to Cold Star: 
March 18, 2019
Adam Crowl - Breakthrough Starshot Light Sail to Alpha Centauri Initiative - The Cold Star Project blogger and Space expert Adam Crowl is back on the Cold Star Project with Jason Kanigan, and this time we're digging into the Breakthrough Starshot initiative.    Many improvements and technologies are planned to result from this proof-of-concept project to send a fleet of lightsail vessels to Alpha Centauri.  Each of 100,000 tiny ships will require:   Cameras  Processors Photon thrusters Battery Protective coating Lightsail.   A laser battery will provide the initial thrust.   Details: Is it time to discover the hidden challenges and opportunities in your business? Book a call with Cold Star Tech at 
March 11, 2019
Ryan Kohler - Finding The Black Swan: Scaling To $13.5 Million With How People Really Use Your App
Applicant Pro founder Ryan Kohler is on the Cold Star Project, and the way he scaled to $13.5 million ARR will surprise you.   Pushing back against the conventional wisdom of "finding pain points and solving a problem your target market admits to having," Ryan found success with his recruiting industry app in an unusual way. Instead of looking at the more obvious direct connections and what users said was important, he investigated the ways stakeholders were actually using (or not using) the app.  And that lead to some critical discoveries...and a lot of revenue.   Ryan's story is a powerful scaling tale because it demonstrates how user adoption is often driven by hidden motivations...and that the customer does not always know what's in their best interests--or even what they truly want.   Join us for a discussion that will give you new ideas of where to look for the clues of success. Your business awareness level will be raised!  Talk to Cold Star: 
March 4, 2019
Changing Your Dominant Ideas So You Can Scale - The Cold Star Project
We act (or fail to act) based on what we believe to be true.   Bruce Lee said, "Defeat is a state of mind; No one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.”   He's also quoted in a Bob Proctor training as having said to learn his martial arts knowledge, his students (that's you) first had to get rid of their own.  Jason Kanigan of Cold Star Technologies shares two important examples of how we are fed images that produce emotional responses, and so-called "facts" we blindly accept. Examples like these produce action or inaction responses from you, and as long as they are in control, you lose.  To scale your business and reach the next revenue plateau, you must move through the Valley of Death as described by Verne Harnish: if you don't change how you are doing what you're doing, your business will die.  And to change how you're doing what you're doing, you need to change the ideas behind those actions.   The truth is that most of us never stop to inspect ideas. We receive them and automatically respond based on our cognitive biases. But these filters are subconscious, and we are under their control.  If we chose to treat the dominant ideas in our mind with more awareness, we could regain some of that control.   The factors explained in this episode are critical to your ability to scale. To get a fresh, outside perspective on your business, book a time to talk with us at 
March 2, 2019
Attila Dobai - The Key Choice At The Start Of Your Improvement Projects - The Cold Star Project
Whether the term is "Define," at the beginning of Attila's 'DOITS' process, or "Select," at the start of the 'SREDIM' problem solving methodology, the first thing you do in process improvement is critical. Your precise choice of what to work on is a factor more important than any other: what you choose to focus on will determine the impact, success or failure of your improvement project. Attila Dobai, a Manager of Strategy and Innovation at Avis and six sigma black belt mentor, is on the Cold Star Project to discuss with Cold Star Tech founder Jason Kanigan the massive importance of choosing your improvement subject wisely. Playlist: Subscribe: Book a call with the experts at Cold Star:
February 25, 2019
Jim Padilla Interview - Charging a $50000 Setup Fee - The Cold Star Project
What does it take to charge a $50K setup fee for working with your firm? Jim Padilla of Gain The Edge is on the Cold Star Project to share his experience and the details of what it takes to do so.   * the value  * the mindset  * the sale you first have to make to yourself  * the credibility elements  * the process necessary to work with the buyer   are key and all explained in this episode. Just wanting to bill big fees is not enough: you need to have several pieces of the puzzle in place to be able to take this impactful step.   Book a call with the experts at Cold Star: 
February 18, 2019
TJ Gamble - Scaling Your Agency From The Middle Of Nowhere - The Cold Star Project
"If you are not growing, if you are struggling to find clients or actually get something out of your partnerships and relationships, then you aren’t doing a good enough job making it clear what you do best."   TJ Gamble of Jamersan specializes in enterprise ecommerce development, but started in a geographic location nowhere near anything. In two decades of running his business, he's figured out how to develop trust with people far away from his location, and how they buy.   Geographic proximity can be a huge factor in recommendations and referrals, so getting around this issue was key to TJ's success. Specialization and partnerships, he discovered, were the tools to get the clients he wanted.   "Understanding the psychology of positioning and niching and that it’s just all about being memorable is probably the biggest thing I wished I had learned earlier in my career. All the experts say to niche, but no one really explains why too well." Join TJ to hear what he wishes he'd been told ages ago.    To get focus on your own specialization or partnership questions, book a call with us at Cold Star Tech: 
February 11, 2019
Scott Seward - Scaling An Agency To Six Figures MRR - The Cold Star Project
Right Hook Digital partner Scott Seward is on the Cold Star Project to share what it took to build his agency to consistently well over $200K MRR. It's a story with mergers & acquisitions, realization that the internal processes were not up to further growth, contrarian thinking in lengthening rather than shortening the sales process, and a lot more.  Agency work is not just about sales, and Scott has learned this lesson well. The right systems need to be in place to support those sales figures, or else customers will leave when fulfillment of the service is lacking. If you're ready to get serious about your processes and systems, talk to us at Cold Star Tech 
February 4, 2019
Jonathan Kiekbusch - Scaling Results by Radically Improving Your Product Infrastructure
In the beginning you'll cobble together a solution for your customer's problem, using a patchwork of apps and systems. But if you're solving a genuinely important problem for your target market, you'll soon discover this is no longer good enough: it's inefficient, clumsy, and frankly unappealing. When you arrive at that moment, what will you do?   Jonathan Kiekbusch of SEO Butler knew he not only could but had to improve the infrastructure of his solution, so he would be able to provide a much better experience and outcome for his customers. The answer was to invest a significant amount of cash into a complete redesign of the company's website...and the systems behind it.   Jonathan says:  We founded SEOButler 4 years ago, as a totally bootstrapped startup, originally on Opencart, which to no surprise was a total mess.   Originally we started with just a couple of digital products/services. As customer and order volumes grew quickly we started to consider moving platform. Eventually we moved to Wordpress/Woocommerce.   Over the years we grew significantly and kept applying patches / plasters to the site in order to continue to make it run. It started to crumble around us.   Our website couldn't handle customer volumes, complex processes and other complexities, basically resulting in us not being able to maximize our earning potential.   Site load times were through the roof; same with bounce rates. Lots of issues.   We track our support tickets, and discovered the volume of tickets related to bugs on the old site kept increasing.   We also started interviewing customers to identify exactly what it was that they weren't happy with.   Identifying processes that caused friction with our customers was a huge learning point.   Eventually we gave in and decided to completely rebuild the website from scratch, investing over $30,000 to work with experts: hiring a special designer, specialist developers for both front and backend and doing it “the right way.”   Initially the experience was “painful” because we always undervalued our main way of creating revenue for the business. But now that the project is almost completed (we are in public beta), we are so grateful that we finally made the decision to go this route.   ##   Listen in on our discussion and discover not only what point you might be in a similar situation, needing to bite the bullet and create a significant upgrade to your capabilities and solution, but also what huge benefits there are to making this kind of investment.    Is it time to talk about what improvements you could be making to your product infrastructure--to give your customers a fantastically better experience and you a smoother, more profitable operation? Let's talk! Book a call with the experts at Cold Star Tech: 
January 28, 2019
Symptoms vs Problems and The Belltower Example - The Cold Star Project
Sure, you can go around identifying symptoms and taking actions to resolve them. But you're not identifying or reaching or handling the root problem. Jason Kanigan of Cold Star Technologies gives a clear example of how focusing on handling symptoms, and not digging to find the root cause problem, is not only a waste of resources...but may actually hurt people. The things we think are problems are frequently only surface level symptoms of those deeper problems. It's easier than you think to get distracted and make this error. We also look at a proven problem solving methodology, so you can get the idea of how to use it in your business. Ready to have outside expert perspective look at your situation? Book a call with us at
January 23, 2019
Attila Dobai - DOITS: Innovation and Continuous Improvement In Service Firms - The Cold Star Project
 Attila Dobai is Manager of Strategy and Innovation at Avis, the vehicle rental company. I thought this would be an ossified industry--after all, it has been around forever--but was surprised at how interested they are in continuous improvement. There are about 50 six sigma improvement professionals there.   Attila is on the Cold Star Project to share details of an innovation he has recently made at Avis, giving access to a new distribution channel for truck rentals with a major retailer. We also discuss his proprietary DOITS continuous improvement methodology.   Attila says:  Continuous improvement started in manufacturing.  Problems with efficiency and effectiveness in manufacturing are commonly solved using methods such as DMAIC (six sigma), SCORE (LEAN), TQM, or with the Toyota Production System.  These systems are great at solving problems in manufacturing and have seen some success in service or transactional based businesses.   Traditional problem solving methods for efficiency and effectiveness in service or transactional businesses are difficult to implement and sustain or scale.  They often focus solely on cost reduction thus missing opportunities for real growth.    I have developed the DOITS method for continuous improvement in service/transactional businesses.     DOITS stands for:   Define - define the problem to be solved and the optimal problem solving method (fire fighting or stop gap, efficiency/effectiveness improvement to margin, or innovation).   Observe - observe the problem and identify potential root causes in context.     Improve - start improving with a mentality that failure is ok.  We want small rapid failure to discover the best solution.   Test - Test the improvement using solid data analytics.  Did the improvement drive the desired outcome.   Sustain/Scale - If your goal is to maintain an improvement then implement methods to sustain it and scale it for the rest of the business.  If your goal is to grow then implement methods to scale the solution beyond your business.    Continuous improvement implementations in service/transactional businesses seem to have a lifespan that is shorter than their manufacturing peers.  I believe this is because service and transactional businesses solutions are more centered in human behavior.     Business owners/executives may feel that traditional continuous improvement fails to deliver improvement over the long term or they may feel that it puts them on a race to the bottom.  They may feel like traditional CI disavows the intuition that they have relied on to get to where they are.  I recommend the DOITS system for CI for businesses that want to drive growth and scale.     If you're ready for the transformation having clarity on your processes and being able to put your finger on the areas needing improvements will bring to your business, we should speak. Book a call with us at 
January 21, 2019
Derek Schmidt Interview - Scaling An Integrated Business Management Solution - The Cold Star Project
Derek Schmidt lives in the same town I do, so we were able to meet in person! For the first time we have an on-location shoot for the Cold Star Project, and we're talking about Swell Systems. Swell is an integrated business management solution: marketing, sales, and customer relationships.   You'll learn how and why Derek created Swell, first as an internal system for solving problems his business had--and that means it's de