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's "Startup Garage" with co-founders Ralph Ewig from the Graduate School of Business, and James Spicer and Sam Avery from the MS 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 our beginnings as a student project, Audacy has secured funding from 8 investors across Europe, Asia, the United States, and South America. The Audacy team now features 4 business degrees, 8 nationalities, 14 engineering degrees, and nearly a century of industry experience. 

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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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Heather Orsi

Head of Finance and Operations

BS Indiana University - Kelley School of Business; Harris Williams & Co / Brown Gibbons Lang & Co Investment Banks, Encore Capital, VP Finance at Perfekt Beauty; Mentor at the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center.

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masaki kakoi, phd

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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Chavi Malhotra

Software Developer

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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ellaine talle

RF 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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Tai nguyen, phd

RF Engineer

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

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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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Milo

Chief Morale Officer

Milo holds advanced degrees in dogmatics and sniffology. He is also the recipient of the 2016 Green Fields Medal for achievements in random walk theory, an exceptional high jumper, and connoisseur of chewy objects. 

 

Partners

Audacy is extremely fortunate to have investment partners from four different continents. As a venture backed startup, our investors are an integral part of the team, fueling our growth and strengthening our global reach.

 

Metatron global

Europe

A global investment firm with the mission to find, fund and foster companies offering solutions to some of the world's biggest challenges.

Founder.org

North America

FOUNDER.org invests in young innovators who are solving big problems. Working with leading universities around the world, our mission is to get more people starting companies, creating jobs, and changing the world.

AME Cloud Ventures

North America

AME Cloud Ventures focuses on seed to later stage companies building infrastructure and value chains around data. We love technology heavy companies gathering or creating unique data at every stage of the data stack.

 
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Patrick Sigrist

South America

Entrepreneur and Angel Investor, devoted the last 15 years to food delivery and logistics. Founder, CEO, M&A, and advisor with 3 great exits. Investor in iFood, Audacy, Hungr, and Rapiddo.

Stanford-StartX Fund

North America

StartX is an educational non-profit that accelerates the development of Stanford's top entrepreneurs through experiential education and collective intelligence.

Danhua Capital

Asia

Danhua Capital is a venture capital fund that invests in early stage companies with disruptive technologies and business models, big markets and excellent teams.

 
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Innospring Seed Fund

Asia

InnoSpring Seed Fund is led by top-tier U.S-China institutional VCs such as Northern Light Venture Capital (NLVC), IDG Capital, Legend Capital, Legend Star, KPCB, KPCB(China), GSR Ventures, China Broadband Capital (CBC) and more.

Scrum Ventures

Asia

Scrum Ventures invests in entrepreneurs who are creating startups related to commerce, health care, SaaS, video, and IoT in the U.S. We actively invest in Silicon Valley, New York, and Los Angeles.

Jim Ellison

North America

Angel Investor with industry experience in the power/energy, and natural gas sectors. CFA charterholder. Experience in project development, financing, and operations.