EVA Interviews Hoyt Davidson, Managing Partner of Near Earth LLC

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Welcome back to EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Age™ as we leave the Lunar Editions and return to Earth orbit. Our next guest is Hoyt Davidson, Founder and Managing Partner of Near Earth LLC. Near Earth specializes in providing Investment Banking and Advisory Services to companies and investors in the commercial Space, satellite, telecom and aerospace industries. Hoyt Davidson has extensive expertise in Space financing, and has many insights into the emerging commercial Space sector to share with us in this very informative discussion.

 

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EVA:     Welcome Hoyt! I’m delighted to have you join us at EVA Interviews and Out of the Cradle. I am really looking forward to our conversation and hearing your unique perspective on Space commerce, the industry and Space investment activities! As these interviews are about Space, as well as the economic aspects of our exodus Out of the Cradle, I like to begin by asking about Space. You operate an investment bank specializing in, among other areas, satellites, and you write extensively about commercial Space activities in your newsletter. Which came first? Have you always had a interest in Space or was the creation of Near Earth LLC exclusively a business decision?  How did you decide to open a firm with such a unique specialty?  

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EVA Interviews Team “Selenokhod” in the Google Lunar X Prize Competition

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From Russia, we welcome Team Selenokhod to EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Ageâ„¢ in the fourth of this series of Lunar Editions. As one of the most recent entrants in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, Team Selenokhod looks to build on Russia’s early lunar robotic successes of the 1970 Lunokhod-1 and 1973 Lunokhod-2 remote-controlled rovers in their efforts to win the prize. I’m excited to have Nikolay Dzis-Voynarovskiy, the CEO of Team Selenkhod, join us to discuss their team and activities to date.

 

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EVA:       Thank you so much, Nikolay, for participating in the Lunar Editions of EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Age™! Can you please tell us more about the formation of your team? How was your decision made to compete and what do you (and your team) hope to get out of your involvement? How is it going so far?

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EVA Interviews Team “Next Giant Leap” in the Google Lunar X Prize Competition

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Welcome to the third in this series of Lunar Editions of EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Age™. To start this series, EVA went directly to the source and interviewed the Moon about its expectations for future lunar commercial activities. Coming back down to Earth, the second interview focused on the organization whose actions and incentives are most helping to make business on the Moon a reality and talked to William Pomerantz Senior Director of Space Prizes for the X PRIZE Foundation about the exciting Google Lunar X Prize competition. Now we will talk to the teams themselves who are hard at work, taking the first steps necessary towards expanding commerce beyond Earth, and to the Moon.

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The first team to reply is Next Giant Leap and its founder, Michael Joyce. I met Mike this summer at the Space Frontier Foundation NewSpace Conference and the NLSI (NASA Lunar Science Institute) 2nd Annual Lunar Science Forum, both at NASA Ames in July, and again at the Space Investment Summit 7 in Boston where Mike, along with other impressive members of his team, was one of the Business Plan presenters. I’m delighted to have Next Giant Leap and Michael Joyce as our first Team guest!

 

EVA:    Thank you so much, Mike, for participating in the Lunar Editions of EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Age™! I am very interested to hear more about the formation of your team. How was your decision made to compete and what do you (and your team) hope to get out of your involvement? How is it going so far?

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EVA Interviews Will Pomerantz about the Google Lunar X PRIZE

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Welcome to the second in a series of Lunar Editions of EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Age™. In the first of this series, EVA went directly to the source and interviewed the Moon about its expectations for future lunar commercial activities. Coming back down to Earth, this next interview focuses on the organization whose actions and incentives are helping to make business on the Moon a reality. My guest is William Pomerantz Senior Director of Space Prizes for the X PRIZE Foundation.  With 19 teams now entered into the competition for the Google Lunar X PRIZE, these contestants and this prize are at the forefront of expanding commerce beyond Earth, and to the Moon.

 

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EVA:     Hi Will, I’m delighted to have you here at EVA Interviews and Out of the Cradle. I often assume that everyone is familiar with the Google Lunar X PRIZE, as you have received a great deal of publicity so far. In case that assumption is incorrect (or as a refresher, if true), could you please tell us how the Google Lunar X PRIZE came in existence and what the X PRIZE Foundation, and Google, are hoping to achieve with this prize?

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EVA Interviews The Moon

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Welcome to this next, unique edition of EVA Interviews: The Business of the New Space Age™. This conversation started on a cold winter day in January over 2 years ago. A friend of mine at NASA asked me to look over a matrix he was creating on commercial lunar opportunities. Could I think of any other potential businesses that might become economically viable within his planning time horizons, any other ideas that he might be missing? After giving my own feedback, I suggested to him that I talk to “the source” to see what more I could learn. This interview starts with those questions. 

 

In the FAQs for EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Age™, remembering this conversation and thinking about a few other unusual ideas I had for interviewees, I included this disclaimer * While the main focus will be economic, we reserve the right to present the occasional fictitious, frivolous or marginally related interview. With that in mind (and with the risk of looking foolish), on a clear night recently, I went back to continue the conversation and expand it into an interview.  

 

I hope you will enjoy this conversation with one of my favourite evening (and very occasionally, daytime) companions – our Moon. 

 

***** January 2007 ***** 

 

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EVA:       So, my beautiful Moon, what will we be doing on you in @ 15-25 years from now?  

The Moon:       You’re coming to visit me? 

 

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EVA Interviews Paul Eckert about the Space Investment Summits

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Welcome to the next edition of EVA Interviews: The Business of the New Space Ageâ„¢ with our guest Paul Eckert Ph.D. – Coordinator of the Space Investment Summit Coalition, and International & Commercial Strategist for the Space Exploration division of The Boeing Company. Paul and his colleagues at the Space Investment Summit coalition have created an exceptional series of events focused exclusively on Space and business (my favourite subjects!). Starting in 2005 as Roundtables which explored the potential for Lunar Commerce, they now bring Space entrepreneurs together with investment capital of many sorts – seed, venture capital, Angel investors and corporate finance – and with those who are interested in developments within the emerging new commercial Space industry. Space Investment Summit 6 (SIS-6), the next event, is happening soon! It will be held on Wednesday May 27th, 2009, just prior to, and in conjunction with, the International Space Development Conference (ISDC2009) in Orlando, Florida.

 

EVA:     Hi Paul! Thank you very much for joining us at EVA Interviews and Out of the Cradle. I’m delighted to have you here to talk about the Space Investment Summits. Since 2005, you have created a unique series of events, designed to promote Space commerce and bring together investors and Space entrepreneurs.

Before we discuss the next event, SIS-6, which is quickly approaching, can you tell us how the idea for the Roundtables and Summits came about and how they have evolved since the first Lunar Commerce Roundtable in 2005?

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EVA Reviews Richard Branson’s “Business Stripped Bare”

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Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur

Richard Branson, as you might guess, is on my list of people who I would love to interview for EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Age™. I haven’t yet asked him to be my guest as I have a few glitches in the process of conducting these interviews that I need to work out. Until then, I thought you might be interested in a taste of what such an interview might be like with a review of his latest book Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur.

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EVA Interviews Rex Ridenoure, CEO of Ecliptic Enterprises

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Welcome to the third edition of EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Age! Our next guest is Rex Ridenoure, Space entrepreneur and CEO of Ecliptic Enterprises Corp. – a successful small Space startup famous for its RocketCamâ„¢ equipment and images.

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EVA:     Hi Rex! It’s great to have you join us at EVA Interviews and Out of the Cradle. Welcome! As a successful Space entrepreneur, you have had a lot of experience with the issues and challenges facing Space Startups today. We’ve discussed some of these in the previous editions of EVA Interviews. I’m very much looking forward to hearing your actual experience with these, how you have built Ecliptic from scratch and what insights you have to offer us!

Since these interviews are about Space as well as the business and entrepreneurial aspects of our exodus Out of the Cradle, I always like to start by asking about Space. I know you do have a personal interest in Space. Can you tell us how your interest started and how it has evolved?

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EVA Interviews Guillermo Söhnlein

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Welcome to the second edition of EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Age!

Our next guest is Guillermo Söhnlein, founder of both the International Association of Space Entrepreneurs and Space Angels Network. One of the major challenges facing Space entrepreneurs and startups is finding adequate investment seed capital, the early-stage funds needed to start and grow their businesses. Angels and sometimes VCs (Venture Capital firms) are the usual investors if you can’t self-fund, but they have rarely focused on the new Space industry. Guillermo is actively involved in bringing investors’ attention, funds and expertise to often ignored Space startups. With IASE, he encourages and provides an environment to build entrepreneurship in the new Space industry.

 

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EVA:     Hi Guillermo! Thank you very much for joining us at EVA Interviews and Out of the Cradle. Welcome! I am very much looking forward to our conversation about all the interesting projects you have created to address the challenges facing Space entrepreneurs! 

Since these interviews are about Space, as well as the economic aspects of our exodus Out of the Cradle, I’d like to begin by asking about Space. I know you do have a personal interest in Space.  Can you tell us how your interest started and how it has evolved? 

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EVA Interviews James E. Dunstan

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Welcome to the first edition of EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Age!

I’m delighted to welcome our first guest, James E. Dunstan, partner and lawyer with Garvey, Schubert and Barer in Washington D.C. who focuses on Space, business and the technologies of the future.

Great businesses start with ideas, especially ideas that can solve problems for potential customers. They next build the structure necessary to take those ideas from concept to reality and then (hopefully) on to prosperous endeavour. The first outside professional advisor that a new business hires, to formally get the business off the ground, is a lawyer. It is therefore fitting that this is where we will start. Jim Dunstan has been actively involved in the formation of many new Space ventures as well as those involving other exciting new technologies.

 

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EVA:    Jim, thank you very much for joining us at EVA Interviews and Out of the Cradle! Welcome! I look very forward to our conversation!

Since these interviews are about Space as well as the economic aspects of our exodus Out of the Cradle, I like to start by asking you about Space. I know you do have a personal interest in Space. Can you tell us how your interest started and how it has evolved?

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What about the format? Why do you ask some of the same questions each time? 

In all cases, we are very interested in the answers and opinions that our guest provides and hope you, the reader, are too. In the future, we plan to examine some of these regularly asked questions and discuss the answers – the commonalities, the differences and especially the implications.  These interviews are in-depth. They are not the usual short blog post. Some answers are entertaining and/or enlightening and all are informative. We plan to add a PDF version of each interview at its end, in case you’d prefer to print it and read it offline.  Stay tuned – the first interview will be posted with a few days!

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What are the links in the interviews for?

When there is additional information that we believe you might find interesting or useful, we will provide an appropriate link. Visit it if you are curious, ignore them otherwise.

We understand there is some controversy about how links should open – redirect from the current page or open a new browser window. We prefer to have a new browser window opened when we click on a link. That is what we will try to offer – but EVA is new at writing code so you may be redirected until she figures it all out.

All jargon, acronyms, terms and their definitions will not be linked to in the interviews but will be defined, sometimes using links, on the special JAT&D page. 

(Some links may take you to Amazon or other sites which have products for sale. In the vein of full disclosure, some of these may pay us a very small commission or fee should you choose to buy something while you are there.)

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What’s with all the jargon?

Just as the Space industry uses acronyms and jargon with high frequency, so does the financial sector.  To bridge this language gap, when EVA or her guests introduce terms in the interviews that readers might be unfamiliar with (and even some most ARE familiar with), we will add these terms to the JAT&D (Jargon, Acronyms, Terms and their Definitions) page or provide a direct link to the definition. We hope this will help clarify financial acronyms for Space people and Space jargon for financial types.  Please let us know if we miss something and there is a term you would like explained!

 

JAT&D – JARGON, ACRONYMS, TERMS and their DEFINITIONS

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JARGON, ACRONYMS, TERMS and their DEFINITIONS

 

As EVA or her guests use these in our conversations, we will add them to our list here:

FINANCIAL:

EVA = Economic Value Added = After-tax profit that exceeds the required minimum return on capital. Computed by deducting the cost of capital (both debt and equity) from the after-tax profit, it is said to be the best measure of the true profitability of an enterprise, and is tied to cash flow and not to earnings per share (EPS). EVA is a registered trademark of the US firm, Stern Stewart & Company.

Angel or Angel Investor =  An individual who provides capital to one or more startup companies. The individual is usually affluent or has a personal stake in the success of the venture. Such investments are characterized by high levels of risk and a potentially large return on investment.

VC = Venture Capital – Venture Capital. Funds made available for startup firms and small businesses with exceptional growth potential. Managerial and technical expertise are often also provided.

IPO = Initial Public Offering The first sale of stock by a company to the public.

Pro Forma (statement)  = Description of financial statements that have one or more assumptions or hypothetical conditions built into the data. Often used with balance sheets and income statements.

Accredited Investors – Refers to an individual whose net worth, or joint net worth with a spouse, exceeds $1,000,000; or whose individual income exceeded $200,000 or whose joint income with a spouse exceeded $300,000 in each of the 2 most recent years and can be expected to meet that income in the current year. More details of the definitions for investors other than individuals are found in Regulation D of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

LP = Limited Partner - is a member of a partnership whose only financial risk is the amount he or she has invested. In contrast, all the assets of the general partner or partners, including those held outside the partnership, could be vulnerable to claims brought by the partnership’s creditors.

SEC = Securities and Exchange Commission – The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is an independent federal agency that oversees and regulates the securities industry in the United States and enforces securities laws.

ROI = return on investment -  a measure of the net income a firm’s management is able to earn with its total assets. Return on investment is calculated by dividing net profits after taxes by total assets. Also called rate of return, return on assets.

Bootstrapping = building a business out of nothing or with minimal outside capital. The term derives its meaning from the expression “lifting oneself up by one’s own bootstraps”, referring to raising oneself up by one’s own means.

M&A = Merger and Acquisitions

More financial definitions can also be found at :

www.investorwords.com

www.businessdictionary.com

http://financial-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com

 

SPACE:

EVA = Extra Vehicular Activity = is work done by an astronaut away from the Earth, and outside of a spacecraft. The term most commonly applies to an EVA made outside a craft orbiting Earth (a spacewalk), but also applies to an EVA made on the surface of the Moon (a moonwalk).

NASA  = National Aeronautics and Space Administration = the national Space agency of the United States

ISS = International Space Station - International Space Station

Mir = Russian Space station – Mir

OST = Outer Space Treaty

ITAR = International Traffic in Arms Regulations

SBIR = Small Business Innovation Research

ISRU = In-Situ Resource Utilization

FSS = Fixed Satellite Services

More Space acronyms are expanded at http://tla.surly.org/

 

OTHER:

EULA  = End User Licensing Agreements

IP = Intellectual Property - Intellectual Property

FCC = Federal Communications Commission (USA)

FAA = Federal Aviation Administration (USA)

DoD = Department Of Defense (USA)

FTP = File Transfer Protocol – A communications protocol used to transmit files without loss of data. A file transfer protocol can handle all types of files including binary files and ASCII text files.

IGO = Inter Governmental Organization

M2M = Machine to Machine

UAV = Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

IR&D = Internal Research and Development

Please contact EVA at evainterviews (at) gmail (dot) com if there are terms you would like added to this list. Thanks!

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Not only may you be thinking of asking this next question, you might also be interested in responding to it! 

Can I suggest someone for you to interview?

Of course! We welcome suggestions! We’re very interested in who you would like our guests to be. Our own list is long but is far from complete.

Please comment below or you’d prefer you can email EVA at evainterviews (at) gmail (dot) com. Also if you have a suggestion, please let us know if you can provide an introduction if needed.  

Thanks, in advance, for your comments!

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EVA Interviews: The Business of the new Space Age will be officially launched soon. Until then, we thought we’d answer a few questions you might have about these interviews. Here is the next question we’ve been asked:

Who will you be interviewing? 

We will primarily be interviewing* people involved with the various business aspects of Space. This will include entrepreneurs, lawyers, investors, financiers (at all levels of the financing pyramid), insurers and others working on enabling and building up the successful and growing commercial Space industry in its many facets. Some will be famous. Most may not be known to you, yet. All are working hard, taking actions to create, directly or indirectly, a permanently Spacefaring humanity.

 

* While the main focus will be economic, we reserve the right to present the occasional fictitious, frivolous or marginally related interview.

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Why are you conducting these interviews?

In early December 2008, Eva-Jane Lark was the guest host, on The Space Show interviewing the Space Show’s own David Livingston. Ken Murphy, of Out of the Cradle, heard the interview and invited EVA to create and conduct in-depth interviews, with an emphasis and focus on discussing the Business of the new Space Age, here on www.outofthecradle.net. With her strong interest in and knowledge about these areas, and her habit of walking through opening doors, EVA accepted (after asking Ken so many questions he felt he was the first interviewee)! Both of us look forward to these conversations!  

This is what David Livingston had to say about his interview with EVA: 

Broadcast 1066 (Special Edition)
Aired on December 5th, 2008
Guest: Eva-Jane Lark
Guest: Eva-Jane Lark was the guest host for this special Space Show and I was the guest that Ms. Lark interviewed. Eva-Jane started out asking me about my initial interest in space. Listen to what I said about my interest starting at a very early age. Eva-Jane did a stellar job in drawing me out in detailed responses to very good questions on many subjects ranging from business planning and development issues, to some personal issues and financial issues regarding The Space Show, and my goals and objectives with The Space Show. Many listeners participated and all questions went through Eva-Jane. One series of questions asked to me by the guest host Eva-Jane and a listener dealt with what annoyed me and boy, did I get on a soap box! Listen to what gets under the skin of DrSpace! On the flip side, she asked me what gave me the most pleasure and you will hear that as well. Based on one set of comments, an idea for a new Space Show program was developed, a Space Show program devoted to comedy. Suggestions and ideas for the guest(s) and how that show might develop are welcome. Eva-Jane drew me out on some of my favorite topics, education, students, reality versus that which is not real, selling or promising that which does not exist, expectations, science fiction and space enthusiasm and much more. She also inquired about my interactions with both the listeners and guests, remarkable people I’ve met, show setbacks and accomplishments, and people who work behind the scenes to make The Space Show happen, including board members of One Giant Leap and my editor. Space infrastructure was discussed as was space solar power which is presently the most popular subject talked about on the program. Eva-Jane was a terrific guest host and she is welcome back to this again anytime! If you have questions or comments for either the guest host, the host, or both of us, let us hear from you. My address is drspace@thespaceshow.com and you can reach Eva-Jane Lark at ejlark1 at gmail dot com.

Why are you calling them this?

These interviews will be conducted by Eva-Jane Lark who, for as long as she can remember, has signed her name EVA, except on legal documents or when writing to her mother. EVA is also an acronym for the financial term Economic Value Added and we aim to add value by discussing the economic, business, investment, entrepreneurial and legal aspects of our exodus Out of the Cradle, with interesting and knowledgeable people* who are active in these areas. In the space industry EVA usually stands for Extra Vehicular Activity and we like to think of these conversations as ones we might have floating in Space after we have said “WOW!!!!” and “How cool is this!!” several hundred times.

* While the main focus will be economic, we reserve the right to present the occasional fictitious, frivolous or marginally related interview.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why are you calling them this? 

These interviews will be conducted by Eva-Jane Lark who, for as long as she can remember, has signed her name EVA, except on legal documents or when writing to her mother. EVA is also an acronym for the financial term Economic Value Added and we aim to add value by discussing the economic, business, investment, entrepreneurial and legal aspects of our exodus Out of the Cradle, with interesting and knowledgeable people* who are active in these areas. In the space industry EVA usually stands for Extra Vehicular Activity and we like to think of these conversations as ones we might have floating in Space after we have said “WOW!!!!” and “How cool is this!!” several hundred times.

 

Why are you conducting these interviews?

In early December 2008, Eva-Jane Lark was the guest host, on The Space Show interviewing the Space Show’s own David Livingston. Ken Murphy, of Out of the Cradle, heard the interview and invited EVA to create and conduct in-depth interviews, with an emphasis and focus on discussing the Business of the new Space Age, here on www.outofthecradle.net. With her strong interest in and knowledge about these areas, and her habit of walking through opening doors, EVA accepted (after asking Ken so many questions he felt he was the first interviewee)! Both of us look forward to these conversations!  

 

Who will you be interviewing? 

We will primarily be interviewing* people involved with the various business aspects of Space. This will include entrepreneurs, lawyers, investors, financiers (at all levels of the financing pyramid), insurers and others working on enabling and building up the successful and growing commercial Space industry in its many facets. Some will be famous. Most may not be known to you, yet. All are working hard, taking actions to create, directly or indirectly, a permanently Spacefaring humanity.

 

Can I suggest someone for you to interview?

Of course! We welcome suggestions! We’re very interested in who you would like our guests to be. Our own list is long but is far from complete.

Please  email EVA at evainterviews (at) gmail (dot) com. Also if you have a suggestion, please let us know if you can provide an introduction if needed. Thanks!

 

What’s with all the jargon?

Just as the Space industry uses acronyms and jargon with high frequency, so does the financial sector.  To bridge this language gap, as EVA or her guests introduce terms in the interviews that readers might be unfamiliar with (and even some most ARE familiar with), we will add these terms to the JAT&D (Jargon, Acronyms, Terms and their Definitions) page or provide a direct link to the definition. We hope this will help clarify financial acronyms for Space people and Space jargon for financial types.  Please let us know if we miss something and there is a term you would like explained!

 

What are the links in the interviews for?

When there is additional information that we believe you might find interesting or useful, we will provide an appropriate link. Visit it if you are curious, ignore them otherwise.

We understand there is some controversy about how links should open – redirect from the current page or open a new browser window. We prefer to have a new browser window opened when we click on a link. That is what we will try to offer – but EVA is new at writing code so you may be redirected until she figures it all out.

All jargon, acronyms, terms and their definitions will not be linked to in the interviews but will be defined, sometimes using links, on the special JAT&D page. 

(Some links may take you to Amazon or other sites which have products for sale. In the vein of full disclosure, some of these may pay us a very small commission or fee should you choose to buy something while you are there.)

 

What about the format? Why do you ask some of the same questions each time? 

In all cases, we are very interested in the answers and opinions that our guest provides and hope you, the reader, are too. In the future, we plan to examine some of these regularly asked questions and discuss the answers – the commonalities, the differences and especially the implications.  These interviews are in-depth. They are not the usual short blog post. Some answers are entertaining and/or enlightening and all are informative. We plan to add a PDF version of each interview at its end, in case you’d prefer to print it and read it offline.

 

Why are you asking about books in these interviews, EVA?

There are many reasons (including the fact that I wanted to enhance and build on what Ken Murphy has accomplished with Ken’s Lunar Library here on Out of the Cradle) but primarily it is because of the insights, information and ideas that books and their authors give us. We connect to their stories; share in their experiences and often in their emotions. They can prompt us to take action and give us ideas as to which actions may be most effective, and which to avoid. They entertain as well as inform us. They help us to understand events and the people involved in those events. We can become intimately involved with the thoughts, feelings and motivations of people we will likely never have the opportunity to meet. I’m always curious as to which books have stimulated people, inspired them and helped with their success. Asking my guests about influential books focuses and narrows down the many excellent choices available. I hope you find their answers to be of interest.

 

How can I keep track of new interviews?

You can subscribe to our RSS feed; email EVA  or follow EVA Interviews’ Twitter page, your choice!

 Thanks for reading!!!

* While the main focus will be economic, we reserve the right to present the occasional fictitious, frivolous or marginally related interview.

Lunar science fiction reviews

As you all probably know, Ken Murphy has been posting here on this blog, reviews of non-fiction, space-related books. What you may not know is on our companion forums, he has also be providing us with reviews of with lunar centric fictional books.

If it has a lunar theme, it is open for review so the books my be very science in nature or simply novelizations of space related movies or television shows.

For your convenience I’ve pulled them all together in one document with the most recent postings listed first. The results appear below:
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Moon Dust! Get your Moon Dust Here!

In an obvious case of “finders-keepers” someone put up for auction a phial of moon dust. Jesse over at Space Law Probe brings our attention to the story.

Apparently over the years there have been instances where moon dust has gone up for sell and no action has been taken. These very small samples have obtained through the legitimate purchasing of artifacts used on the moon, such as spacesuits, gloves, boots, etc. worn by the astronauts then meticulously removing the clinging particles of dust.
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