Meet the SpaceFund Team

SpaceFund is a renaissance team of leaders in the space, blockchain and financial worlds, who have come together to build something new. We helped create the NewSpace and blockchain revolutions. Led by Rick Tumlinson and Meagan Crawford, the SpaceFund team includes the founders of some of the most influential and successful companies, groups, and projects in both industries. Our advisors and partners buttress our foundation and leverage our capabilities. This is the right team to find, finance, and build the startups that will change the future. And more than that, we have the tools, the resources, the network, and the experience to guide investors to the right companies – and to guide those companies to profitability.

The SpaceFund Executive Team

Rick Tumlinson

Founding Partner

A “godfather” of the space revolution, Rick Tumlinson has spent 30+ years defining, enabling and founding many of the pillars of the frontier movement, from the private takeover of Russia’s Mir space station, to the X-Prize, and the first private ticket to ISS. Six-time congressional witness, his prolific writings set the philosophies and legislative pillars of NewSpace itself.

Meagan Crawford

Managing Partner

As an entrepreneur, business educator, space industry pioneer, experienced executive, and investor, Meagan Crawford co-founded world’s longest running space business plan competition, and has taught, coached, and advised hundreds of space startups through their earliest stages – including some of the current generation of successful companies.

David Johnston

General Partner

Co-founder of 7 tech startups before 30. A pioneer in decentralized applications, he co-founded the first crypto angel investor group and co-founded the first all-crypto venture fund. He is also the founder of Yeoman’s Capital, the world’s first all-crypto family office.

Andrew Yashchuk

General Partner

Successful early blockchain investor and leader in the bitcoin and blockchain community, Co-founder/VP of Development for Factom, Advisor to Polymath and several more leading blockchain companies.

Roland Hicks

General Partner

Managing Director, SkyBridge Asset Management. Founding Member of the Silicon Valley Blockchain Society. Co-founder and advisor to several blockchain and world changing companies ranging from the web to real estate.

Dmitry Segal

General Partner

Part of a new wave of European technology investors and entrepreneurs, with a history of successful portfolio management and investments in a variety of high-tech industries, including many space investments.

The SpaceFund Team

Andrew Granatstein

Analyst

Space enthusiast, with a background in aerospace engineering, entrepreneurship, data analytics, and business development.

Rich Evans

Communications Director

Social media, science communication and PR expert with experience across the space industry, including corporate, non-profit, startup, and film projects.

Leo Womack

Investment Committee Chair

50+ years experience as a professional investor. Founder of Ramsey Financial Group, Founder and former Chairman of the Houston Angel Network.

Olga Feldmeier

Senior Advisor

Founder of Smart Valor and christened as ‘Bitcoin Queen’ by the media, Olga is a visionary entrepreneur focused on the intersection of banking and blockchain technology. 

E. David Ellington

Senior Advisor

Co-Founder, GridSpeak. Founder & GP of Emory Capital Group. Former Trustee of the $18B San Francisco Retirement Board. Founder of Silicon Valley Blockchain Society. Lawyer, entreprenuer, investor.

Gavin Gillas

Senior Advisor

Chief Partnership Officer at Yeoman’s Capital. Experienced tech CEO and entrepreneur with a history of success in IP-driven, high-tech companies. Experienced startup mentor and investor.

Amit Pradhan

Senior Advisor

President of Silicon Valley Blockchain Society. Executive Chairman of Zero Labs, and GP at JetVentures. Creator, investor & speaker focused on the future of responsible AI & decentralization.

Grant Bonin

Senior Advisor

Chief engineer, payload systems at RocketLab. Former mission manager of the world-renowned SpaceFlight Laboratory with over 20 spacecraft in orbit. 

Dr. James Logan

Senior Advisor

20 years as NASA Chief of Flight Medicine and Medical Operations. Mission Control Surgeon, Deputy Crew Surgeon or Crew Surgeon for 25 space shuttle missions.

Dr. John Mankins

Senior Advisor

Former head of NASA’s Exploration Systems Research and Technology Division. Creator of today’s aerospace global standard TRL System (Technology Readiness Level).

Jonas Norr

Senior Advisor

Investing in early stage ventures for 15 years, Jonas has been the Founder or a C-level exec to 5 companies, 2 of which made public offerings. Sectors included: renewable energy, biotech, education, media, and real assets.

Ken Sunshine

Senior Advisor

Co-founder of Vector Launch Inc., and CFO and investor in several technology firms. Extensive experience in capital markets, IPOs, M&A, contracting, and the financial, regulatory, and legal matters unique to space companies.

Dustin Boyer

Senior Advisor

Commercialization Manager and Strategic Analysis in support of DARPA SBIR/STTR Programs. Director, Zukin Partners and an investor with more than 12 years experience working with high tech and space companies.

Shawn Usman

Senior Advisor

Founder of Rhea Space Activity. Astrophysicist with over a decade of federal service in developing high-risk/high-reward R&D efforts to support U.S. intelligence community reconnaissance operations.

Ivan Rosenberg

Senior Advisor

Managing Partner Invista Inc. Co-Founder of The Aerospace & Defense Forum. Founder of Uniquely Abled Project. 30+ years experience in executive management and organizational excellence

Paul McDonnell

Senior Advisor

Former Technical Director at a FTSE 250 company and founder of several startups in the fields of space education, retail and artificial intelligence.

SpaceFund is a new type of venture capital firm, providing near-term liquidity through security tokens and informed investing in a diversified portfolio of space companies.

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