Our Story

Audacy was launched in 2015 by a team of Stanford graduates, NASA award winners, and SpaceX veterans. The company was formed around a simple idea: to deliver anytime, seamless space connectivity that advances humanity to a new age of space commerce, exploration, and discovery. Audacy began as a student project in Stanford University's "Startup Garage" with co-founders Ralph Ewig from the Graduate School of Business, and James Spicer and Sam Avery from the Master's program in Aeronautics and Astronautics. The team went on to win the Stanford BASES startup challenge, beating out over 200 other companies for the grand $150k prize, before formally establishing the company in March 2015. Since its humble beginnings as a student project, Audacy has secured funding from investors across Europe, Asia, the United States, and South America, with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Singapore. 

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Audacy San Francisco

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Ralph Ewig, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

3 degrees, 20 years, 4 startups in the space industry; Stanford GSB MSx/Sloan Fellow, Mission Operations at SpaceX, VP Engineering at Aerojet Rocketdyne. NASA individual and group achievement awards.

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Sam Avery

Head of Spacecraft Integration

MS Aero & Astro Stanford University, BS Aero & Astro UC San Diego, Lockheed Martin, UCSD NASA Microgravity Team.

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James Spicer

Chief Engineer

BS/MS Aeronautics & Astronautics from Stanford University, BAE Systems, Stanford GPS Systems Lab.

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ellaine talle

RF Project Engineer

BS Electrical Engineering UC Irvine; Ericsson Verizon Wireless, NASA Ames Research Center; 2007 Winner of the American Mathematics Competition at El Camino High School.

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masaki kakoi, phd

Sr. Mission Designer

BS/MS/PhD Aeronautics and Astronautics Purdue University; NASA GSFC (ARTEMIS), NASA JPL (Cassini), advanced orbital mechanics, invariant manifold trajectories.

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Tai nguyen, phd

Sr. RF Engineer

PhD Electrical Engineering Kyung Hee University, Post-Doc Washington State University; phased array antennas, RF system design.

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Chavi Malhotra

Head of Software

MS Software Engineering San Jose State University, Engineering Intern at Equifax, Mobile QA Intern Macate Group. Over 4 years in software development, with a passion for web UI design, virtualization technologies, and computer networks.

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Taruni Gattu

Software Developer

MS Computer Science University of Texas. Previously a Junior Programmer at  ERP Analyst. Multilingual and focused on software development, web development, and software engineering.

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Gerald Marx

Sr. Firmware Engineer

MS Electrical Engineering Univ. of Illinois Chicago; ThermoTrex, CommQuest Technologies, Principal Engineer at Broadcom, Sr. Staff Engineer at Qualcomm. Multiple patents on solid state communications technologies.

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Sumi Shah

Assistant Controller

Bachelor in Biochemistry, MBA in Accounting and Finance, California CPA, and Accountant at Solar City and Tesla.

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Sreesh Reddy

Head of Business Development

Degree in Biochemistry from Hendrix College, co-founder of Acorn Metrics, sales manager at Perks.com, and bonafide space cadet.

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Alicia Hernandez

Head of People & Places

Doctor of Physical Therapy from Rutgers University / BS in Exercise Physiology from UD, challenging people to be their best for 5 years and counting. 

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Audacy Singapore

 
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Amanda Chia

Head of Sales

BA in Business at SMU Singapore; Marketing at Phillips Electronics, Business Development at ST Electronics, with specialization in Augmented / Virtual Reality. 1st Prize in STEE Business Innovation Competition in 2016.

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Comfort

Comfort Assurance Technician (CAT)

Multiple degrees in dynamic trajectory modeling, recipient of the Schroedinger award for behavioral uncertainty, and voted most electrifying personality of the year during low humidity season.

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Nilesh Sadarangani

Head of Software

BS University of Mumbai, Lead Engineer at Aleph Labs, Zalora, Hungama, highly scaleable software systems for financial transaction networks, crypto currencies, cloud architectures.

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Chin Chean Lim, PhD

Research Engineer

PhD from Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore, laser systems, data acquisition, electronics prototyping.

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