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The Earth observation business: part Amazon, part Blue Origin

Jeff Bezos was interviewed at Satellite 2018 and asked about the differences between how he started Amazon versus his rocket company Blue Origin. He astutely observed that Internet companies are relatively easy to start because they ride on an infrastructure that has existed for some time, while space companies must…

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Seeing a Better World is built on business success

The Democratic Republic of the Congo declared an outbreak of the Ebola virus in Equateur Province on May 8, 2018. Despite proactive containment efforts, the response on the ground struggled due to a lack of information about the affected communities. A report in The Atlantic noted that almost all the…

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The Snowmobile, The Firehose, and The Notebook

When DigitalGlobe’s CTO said we should have all our satellite data in the cloud back in 2014, many looked at him funny. All these years it had been about avoiding clouds in our satellite imagery data.  Confusing. A bit over a year ago, in collaboration with our AWS friends, things…

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Choosing the Right Mapping Solution

The use of location data was once exclusive to mapping companies. In today’s mobile world, “where” is relevant in nearly every industry. How businesses generate, process, consume and disseminate this valuable intelligence is unique to each use case. There are many great ready-made mapping options that have grown out of…

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