On this week’s episode of Pathfinder, we sit down with Jordan Noone, the cofounder and founding CTO of Relativity Space. Noone now holds the same titles at Embedded Ventures, a self-described deeptech VC “skunkworks” that he runs with cofounder Jenna Bryant.
Embedded Ventures has partnered with the US Space Force on R&D, and backed early-stage startups like Slingshot Aerospace and Inversion. Jordan is also the cofounder and CEO of KittyCAD, which aims to reinvent how engineers and companies create hardware products.
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A sneak peek at our discussion:
- Jordan’s rebellious streak as a student and his take on medieval history
- Heading up USC’s Rocket Propulsion Lab, a finishing school for rocket junkies
- Interning, then working full-time, at SpaceX
- Meeting cofounder Tim Ellis (our guest on Pathfinder #0009)
- Becoming the youngest person to get an FAA license to launch a rocket to space
- Getting accepted into and graduating from Y Combinator (YC W16, to be exact)
- The advantages of 3D printing combustion chambers, engines, and other rocket parts
- Bringing the design and product ethos of Silicon Valley to dual-use technologies at Embedded
- Market conditions and what Jordan’s seeing with pricing rounds, startup valuations, etc.
- Conflicted cap tables and the geopolitical aspects of venture capital
- His views on how space SPACs could affect future industry financing activity