February 10th, 2022
Dr. Fentzke, Managing Director of the Techstars Starburst Space Accelerator, is a space scientist by training and an experienced entrepreneur, mentor, and investor. Prior to Techstars, he served as CEO of FKM Group and was a cofounder and Board Director at OmniEarth and InSpace. He is an advisor/mentor at 43North, Parallel18, OneTen Capital, Grupo Guayacán. His Twitter handle is @jtfentzke.
I’m looking for a founding team that has a near obsession with solving a particular problem, the courage to challenge the status quo, and a willingness to not take themselves too seriously.
I’ve spent the last 20 years developing a fundamental understanding of cutting edge technology and building products around that. Applying those lessons learned in deeptech and dual-use along with experiences traveling and working with teams around the world definitely help founders. Simply put, teamwork makes the dream work.
Our partners bring a vast network of support and access to customer discovery and real problems in need of non-traditional solutions. They also have world class mentors and subject matter experts.
#GiveFirst is a simple phrase with a big impact. Do the right thing, for the right reasons. It’s karma for entrepreneurs.
It has to be Alberto Santos-Dumont. He flew the first aircraft (not the brothers Wright) and contributed all of his inventions to society without patent protection. He came from a family of coffee producers in Brazil, so it seems only fitting (noting my wife is a Brazilian scientist, so I’m biased).
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