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Tom Olson, Meagan Crawford, Monday, 6-2-14 June 3, 2014

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Tom Olson, Meagan Crawford, Monday, 6-2-14

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Guests:  Tom Olson, Meagan Crawford.  Topics:  The 2014 Lightening Round Competition during the NewSpace 2014 Conference.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See http://www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed back both Tom Olson and Meagan Crawford to discuss the “Lightning Pitch” event in lieu of the customary Business Plan Competition to be held the first day of the NewSpace Conference 2014, July 24 in Silicon Valley.  You can learn more about the NewSpace 2014 conference by visiting https://newspace.spacefrontier.org.  To learn about the Lightening Pitch, go to http://newspacebpc.com/lightning-pitch-2014.  In the first segment of our 90 minute show, Tom and Meagan described this year’s Lightening Pitch, talked about the sponsors and the $20,000 in prize money, and they gave us hints of what the new and expanded business plan competition for 2015 will be like.  We honed in on the approaching entry deadline which is 5PM EDT on Saturday, June 7.  There are no entry fees and all one has to do is submit up to a 3 page Executive Summary for their business startup idea.  The selected contestants will have four minutes to deliver their pitch the first day of the NewSpace Conference, then they will have a 3 minutes Question and Answer session where contestants will field provoking questions from the “Shark Tank” of Investor/Judges.  The winners will be announced that evening at a special Lightening Round conference VIP event.  Submit your entry using compete@newspacebpc.com.  During this segment, Tom and Meagan took questions about the history and overall success of the business plan competition, trends in NewSpace, oversight issues, team size and issues, and questions about winning topics and how to make a killer presentation.

In the second segment, we talked about space investments becoming routine and the possible timeline for this to happen.  Our guests talked about nanotech & its influence on the entrepreneurial community.  A listener asked our guests about competition bias and included space solar power projects (SSP) as an example.  Another listener wanted to know if the competition was biased toward one person businesses.  Here, our guests had much to say about teams, how to counter a one person plan, and why judges prefer seeing a team in place rather than just one person.  Toward the end of the program, we talked about expected ROIs and exit strategy time lines for the winning plans, plus for the space industry in general.  Both our guests summarized the Lightening Round by saying there was no entry fee, the deadline for a simple Executive Summary of no more than 3 pages is this Saturday, June 7, and they look forward to receiving your entry.

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Golden Oldie Tom Olson Space Year 2005 In Review, Tuesday, 12-24-13 December 24, 2013

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Golden Oldie Tom Olson Space Year 2005 In Review, Tuesday, 12-24-13

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Guest:  Tom Olson.  Topics:  2005 Space Year In Review.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

Welcome to the third part of our Golden Oldie annual review dating back to 2003.  For this program, we go back to December 27, 2005 and welcome Tom Olson, CEO of the Colony Fund for his 1 hour 19 minute 2005 end of the year update on The Space Show. We began the interview with getting an update from Tom on changes being made in the planning and development of the Colony Fund. As Tom likes to say, a wall was hit this year with alt.space which forced new strategic thinking on the Colony Fund management team. Current thinking has the Colony Fund expanding beyond only space investments to include technology, specifically nanotechnology opportunities along side commercial space opportunities. Marketing Colony Fund is also important and Mr. Olson share some of his preliminary plans to use his own broker dealer system rather than conventional middlemen. Don’t miss this update to Colony Fund which when it becomes available will be a unique investment fund offering commercial space and other specialized investment opportunities. Also, take this opportunity to provide Tom Olson with your comments on his planning with Colony Fund. In addition to discussing Colony Fund, Tom spoke about the New York Space Enterprise Symposium he is setting up with others for later in 2006. He spoke about space advocacy, how best to get involved, Congress and the President and more. He then looked back over 2005 for customary year end summary of the space year and then gazed forward for what 2006 holds for advancing space. This year, we divided the look forward into several categories to include alt.space, NASA, the VSE, Congress, the President, and even the general public. Tom pointed out reference points on what we should be looking for from each of these key components. He also talked about the importance of getting Zero G, Zero Tax put into law. for more information on Colony Fund, visit www.colonyfund.com.

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The John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, 10-9-13 October 10, 2013

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The  John Batchelor Show Hotel Mars, 10-9-13

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Guests: John Batchelor, Tom Olson, Dr. David Livingston:  Topics:  New Space Business Plan Competition.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We do not permit the commercial use of any Space Show program or part thereof, nor do we permit Space Show programs to be edited, placed on YouTube, or other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted in news articles, papers, academic & research work but must be cited or referenced in the proper citation format. Contact Dr. Livingston for questions about our copyright and trademark policies which we do enforce.  This program is archived on The Space Show website, podcasting, and blog sites with permission from John Batchelor. Please visit the John Batchelor Show website for more information about this fine program, www.johnbatchelorshow.com.  Remember, your Amazon Purchases Can Help Support The Space Show/OGLF (www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm).

During our 11 minute plus discussion, John, Tom Olson and I talked about the upcoming NewSpace Business Plan Competition.  Check it out at their website, http://newspacebpc.com.  Tom went over the general information of the competition, the prizes, John asked about one plan in particular and cubesats, we talked about what makes a business plan competition a professional competition, plus Tom talked about the progress made by the competition over the past years.  If you can attend, it is free at Stanford University, Oct. 24, 2013.

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Tom Olson, Space Business Plan Competition 2013, Thursday, 8-22-13 August 23, 2013

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Tom Olson, Space Business Plan Competition 2013, Thursday, 8-22-13

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Guest:  Tom Olson.  Topics:  NewSpace Business Plan Competition 2013.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.

We welcomed Tom Olson back to the show for a one hour discussion with important updates for the NewSpace Business Plan Competition 2013.  Tom told us that the date for submitting  applications had been extended to August 29.  To see the instructions, rules, etc. for submitting an application, please visit www.newspacebpc.com.  The prize money remains the same with a $100K grand prize from NASA, a $25K second prize from ATK, plus an additional $5K NASA prize and an additional $5K ATK price for a total of $135,000 purse.  Tom clarified some of the rules, the 50% owned by an American citizen requirement and he answered lots of listener questions about submitting the 3-5 page Executive Summary and writing the actual business plan.  The date for the competition is still fluid but they are looking for Oct. 24 at Stanford University.  Tom received several email questions about business plan metrics, contestant track records, success stories, and more.  Several examples of businesses were mentioned, especially those falling into the space scalable category.  We also talked about the competition being open to everyone as there were no government imposed diversity requirements and those submitting do not have to be engineers or space tech pros.  Just have a good idea, a good team, and be able to present your idea clearly and with common sense.  As we were approaching the last quarter of the show, Business Plan Team Member Meagan Crawford called in to add to what Tom was saying and to give us a marketing perspective.  Meagan said she was interested in developing metrics for tracking business plan successes and outcomes.  Tom and Meagan went over the schedule, we talked about Boot Camp which is not open to the public and they told us about the plans so far for the main event on Oct. 24th.  Meagan and Tom talked about sponsorships for the competition still being available.  They were also asked if there was a plan to move the competition to different cities in a way similar to the old Space Investment Summit meetings.  Toward the end of our discussion, we talked about missed opportunities by not entering the competition with your idea.  Even if your idea does not win, there are superb networking opportunities at the completion, plus the potential for meeting those that can help out financially with your plan/idea.

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Tom Olson, Jeff Krukin, Monday, 7-15-13 July 16, 2013

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Tom Olson, Jeff Krukin, Monday, 7-15-13

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Guests:  Tom Olson, Jeff Krukin.  Topics:  The NewSpace Business Plan Competition for 2013.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  Please note that there was unwanted phone line noise on this program.

We welcomed Tom Olson and Jeff Krukin back to the program to discuss this year’s NewSpace Business Plan Competition which will be Oct. 2, 2013 at a place yet to be named in Silicon Valley.  Visit their website for more information including competition rules, prize information, and more:  www.newspacebpc.com.  In the first segment of 95 minute program, Tom and Jeff spoke about this year’s competition, why it was delayed and separated this year from the NewsSpace Conference. Tom also mentioned having a focus this year on mining given the commercial interest in asteroid mining.  Our guests went over the prizes for this year which are substantially higher than in previous years.  There is a $100K first price, a $25K second prize and a $5K specialty third prize.  Our guests also talked about the rules but we urge those of you interested in the competition to read the rules posted on the website above to make sure your proposed business meets the guidelines of the competition.  Jeff spoke with us about the Boot Camp coaching sessions this year starting a day and half before the Oct. 2 competition.  Boot Camp, as you will hear, is not open to the public but the competition on Oct. 2nd is a public event.  Listeners asked several logistical questions and Curt wanted to know about recent trends, hot topics and such.  We talked about mining, 3 D printing and the need for the projects to be space scalable.  Visit http://newspacebpc.com/what-is-space-scalable for information on space scalable as this is an important part of the competition.  Those entering the competition have a $50 registration fee. Our guests were also asked about oversight on how the prize money is used by the winners.  Larry emailed in to inquire about other national business plan competitions & our guests separated student from pro competitions.  The NewSpace competition is a pro business plan competition.

During the second part of our program, Allison inquired about the past successes and the start of their commercial ventures and Dave Hook emailed in to inquire about IP protection.  Later in the segment, I asked our guests about the competition management which is handled by the Exodus Group.  As we were nearing the end of our program, we talked about commercial space trends, how the competition has changed and evolved over the years, and some of the highs and lows for Tom and Jeff with the past conferences.

If you have comments/questions about this discussion, please post them on The Space Show blog above.  You can reach Tom and Jeff through the competition website.

Tom Olson, Sunday, 9-23-12 September 24, 2012

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Tom Olson, Sunday, 9-23-12

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Guest:  Tom Olson.  Topics:  Exodus Consulting Group, space scalable investments.  You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. Tom Olson returned as our guest to introduce us to the new Exodus Consulting Group (see http://exodus-consulting.com). In our first hour long segment, Tom introduced us to Exodus and the concept known as space scalable.  He gave several examples of what was meant by space scalable, including referencing some of the contestants/winners in the last New Space Business Plan Competition.  Tom also talked about the ISS and investor requirements for the more traditional types of space investments as compared to the considerations meeting the space scalable definition.  In this discussion, Tom explained why the space scalable approach makes so much sense. See if you agree with him and let us know on the blog.  The subject of space solar power and power sats at Mars came up with caller Marshall.  Tom and I remained skeptical about closing a business case for SSP but Tom did offer to review SSP business plans if you send them to him.  Please use inquiries@exodus-consulting.com. There was some discussion about Tom’s drilling ideas on Mars.
     In the second segment, we talked about the NewSpace Business Plan Competition planned for 2013.  Tom talked about business plan competitions in general, contrasting most of them with the NewSpace competition.  Tom talked about the funding, the cash prizes and the expanding connections to Silicon Valley.  Later in this segment, we talked about Exodus timelines and a listener wanted to know what has happened with previous winners of the competition.  Another listener emailed in a question about the risk of government regulation.  Tom pointed out that ITAR was the biggest concern.  We did talk about biotech, especially in the North Carolina Research Triangle, then we talked about crowd sourcing and Kickstarter.  In his closing comments, Tom mentioned the Washington, DC Angel Investors.  He closed pointing out the need for companies or individuals with plans to contact Exodus should they need $100-200K, have an 18-24 month exit strategy, and an ROI around 3-5X.
     Please post your comments/questions on The Space Show blog.  You can contact Tom Olson at the Exodus email address provided above.