E-Space was externally launched as a company on February 7, 2022, and just one year later, the company can point to an impressive list of accomplishments. Led by industry veteran Greg Wyler as founder and CEO, E-Space kicked things off with the largest seed funding round in space technology history with a $50 million investment led by Prime Movers Lab.
In April 2022, the Company launched three Beta-1 satellites to validate the systems and technology for our sustainable satellite system — an unprecedented timeline in the industry to go from idea to reality. In the fall, E-Space added former SES CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh as managing director, Europe and Middle East, as well as Dalibor Djuran as chief satellite engineer.
In November 2022, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Communications, Space and Technology Commission (CST) listed E-Space in their new Satellite Registry to land communications traffic in the Kingdom. This will allow E-Space to deliver its innovative, space-based, smart internet of things (Smart-IoT) solutions in a key economy in the Middle East.
In December 2022, the company signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Republic of Botswana to explore new technologies aimed at creating a sustainable digital agriculture sector. In the same month, E-Space announced a definitive agreement to acquire CommAgility, adding critical expertise in 4G, 5G, 5G-Advanced and 6G networks for air-to-ground and satellite networks. The acquisition added offices and team members in Germany, the UK and India and boosted its total staff to over 130.
E-Space has also opened U.S. offices in Los Gatos, CA and Beverly, MA as well as Toulouse, France.
“When we started not very long ago, it was with a powerful vision with just a few people,” says E-Space chief counsel Ryan Gardner, who’s worked with Wyler for nearly a decade. “Since then, we’ve brought so many talented engineers and support team members into the organization to turn that vision into reality. It’s pretty impressive and certainly the most technically innovative thing I’ve seen Greg do.”
Dalibor Djuran joined the company in August from Planet, a satellite company where projects tend to unfold over years. E-Space, he says, has been a very different experience measured more in months.
“I haven’t seen such focus and calculated drive when bringing never-been-done before technology like this to market, moving at this pace,” Djuran says. “We’ve had great success hiring such talented people; engineers and others who are hungry, high energy and very curious to explore the unknown.”
The E-Space difference, according to Gardner, is maximizing that startup mentality and questioning everything from the outset.
“Large companies have so much inertia — they have talented people, but they’re restricted to the way things have been done,” he says. “The great thing about the E-Space environment is that we’re not tied to that, we can innovate in so many different ways. And that really allows employees to be curious, ask questions, challenge the traditional, stretch themselves, to really learn what they’re capable of.”
As the team has more than doubled with the addition of new colleagues in the UK, Germany and India, Sarah McKenzie, head of People & Talent, has been busy.
“It’s an exciting time,” McKenzie says. “For a lot of startups, hitting that 50th team member mark is a major milestone that may happen over several years. We’ve already passed that milestone and are looking ahead to what’s next. It’s been an amazing experience to see the level of talent we’ve been attracting.”
McKenzie says the unique and fast-moving mission of E-Space is highly appealing to people looking for a chance to be part of a truly innovative company, and another is the track record of Greg Wyler.
“When people think about joining a startup, they feel much more comfortable with it if they know someone like Greg is behind it, with his history of launching successful companies and services. People are drawn to the energy, the direction, the speed and vision E-Space embodies.”
As it heads into its second year, E-Space is continuing to hire, aided by the recent addition of a director of talent acquisition, McKenzie says the company will continue growing.
“The sky’s the limit, really, because E-Space is not taking the traditional path. Even compared to other startups, we’re doing things differently and much more assertively as we build our global team with people eager to make things happen quickly.”