It’s hard to understand just how steeply the cost of launching and operating satellites has dropped, particularly since the introduction of lower-cost launch services from several commercial players and the maturation of the smartphone supply chain. Swarm co-founder and CEO realized just how much the cost curve had changed when she and her co-founder Ben Longmeir realized that they could outfit tiny satellites Longmeir had created as a kind of space lover’s hobby with the equipment needed to provide low-bandwidth connectivity to low-powered devices around the world.
In this week’s episode of Found, Sara walks us through how she went from an engineering career that included stints at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Google to building Swarm as a first-time founder and CEO. We covered a range of topics, including how Sara and Ben decided who would be CEO, what it’s like leading a small but growing team, and how to evaluate your decisions as a founder and commit to a course of action to move forward.
Sara was remarkably candid with us about her experience as a founder and CEO, and this is definitely one of our most open and honest conversations to date.
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