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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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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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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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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Heather Orsi

VP Operations & Finance

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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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. 

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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Youmi Sa

International Development Lead

BA in Economics at Yonsei University;  Business Strategy Consultant at Hyosung Corp., Sales at Cisco Systems, BD Manager at Glow Digital Media, Global Business Development at Softbank, with specialization in robotics.

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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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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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