Dec. 8, 2021

#71 Varda Space Industries: On Space Manufacturing, Microgravity, and Building Factories in Outer Space | Delian Asparouhov, Co-Founder

#71 Varda Space Industries: On Space Manufacturing, Microgravity, and Building Factories in Outer Space | Delian Asparouhov, Co-Founder

In Episode #71, we explore space manufacturing, microgravity, and building factories in outer space. We’re joined by Delian Asparouhov, Co-Founder of Varda Space Industries. We cover leaning into your superpowers when investing, common mistakes in venture capital, and problem solving with space manufacturing.


In Episode #71, we explore space manufacturing, microgravity, and building factories in outer space. We’re joined by Delian Asparouhov, Co-Founder of Varda Space Industries. We cover leaning into your superpowers when investing, common mistakes in venture capital, and problem solving with space manufacturing.

“Trust is not what makes successful co-founding relationships. Having the world-class skillset that you need to succeed is what will then form that trust that will allow you to succeed.” – Delian Asparahouv 

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CHAPTERS

This episode is our definitive guide to space manufacturing and building factories in space. In it we cover:

  • (00:00:00) – Introduction
  • (00:02:43) – Delian’s background in robotics and path to entrepreneurship
  • (00:07:32) – Mentorship from Jack Dorsey and Keith Rabois
  • (00:21:43) – Leaning into your superpowers when investing
  • (00:25:01) – Cultivating optimism in investing
  • (00:29:29) – Common mistakes in venture capital
  • (00:33:48) – Incubating a company
  • (00:38:59) – Getting started in the space industry
  • (00:42:09) – What is a space factory?
  • (00:45:38) – Problem solving with space manufacturing
  • (00:51:35) – Exciting changes in the space industry
  • (00:55:43) – Recommended resources in the space industry

ABOUT VARDA SPACE INDUSTRIES

Varda Space Industries is building the world's first space factories. You heard that right, literally factories in outer space, all for earthbound products. What Varda is building, literally wouldn't have been possible even two, three, maybe five years ago, but as launch costs to get mass up to low earth orbit have come down at an incredible pace, it's unlocked the next wave of innovation, including new players and possibilities like what Varda is building with their space factories. 

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