Rakaia River, New Zealand Mar 26, 2016

Using space to help life on earth

Making global change visible, accessible, and actionable.

See change. Change the world.

Founded in 2010 by a team of ex-NASA scientists, Planet is driven by a mission to image the entire Earth every day, and make global change visible, accessible, and actionable.

About

We started as a small team of physicists and engineers in a garage, using the cubesat form-factor to build our first Dove satellite. Just two years after our first satellite, Planet acquired BlackBridge and the RapidEye fleet of 5 satellites and imagery archive dating back to 2009 and now operates the largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites...ever.

Our satellites are collecting a radical new data set with endless, real-world applications. Whether you’re measuring agricultural yields, monitoring natural resources, or aiding first responders after natural disasters, our data is here to lend businesses and humanitarian organizations a helping hand. Planet believes timely, global imagery will empower informed, deliberate and meaningful stewardship of our planet.

Our Approach

The power to be proactive.

At Planet we have redefined every part of the Earth-imaging pipeline to quickly deliver actionable insights. We’ve built our entire platform - from satellites to APIs - using the latest components of the consumer electronics industry and open source software. We’ve innovated at every step, bringing it all together in a complete Imaging-as-a-Service platform.

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Our Code of Ethics

Planet is committed to seeking the greatest good in everything we do.

The "Greatest Good" is not only our compass in setting the highest ethical business standards; it guides every aspect of our conduct as citizens of the planet.

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Leadership

Will Marshall
Co-founder and CEO
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Will Marshall is the Co-Founder and CEO of Planet. He leads the overall company strategy and direction. Prior to Planet, Will was a Scientist at NASA/USRA where he was a systems engineer on lunar orbiter mission “LADEE”, a member of the science team for the lunar impactor mission “LCROSS”, served as Co-Principal Investigator on PhoneSat, and was the technical lead on research projects in space debris remediation. Will received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Oxford and his Masters in Physics with Space Science and Technology from the University of Leicester. Will was a Postdoctoral Fellow at George Washington University and Harvard.

Tom Barton
Chief Operating Officer
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Tom is responsible for the company’s business operations. Previously, he was a managing General Partner of Broken Arrow Capital and the CEO of Rackable Systems (now SGI). He was also Interim CEO at Cygnus Solutions, which was acquired by RedHat. He has over 25 years of experience managing enterprises at the executive level and advising technology companies. Tom received an MBA, BS, and AB from Stanford University.

Robbie Schingler
Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer
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Robbie Schingler is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Planet. Prior to Planet, Robbie spent 9 years at NASA, where he helped build the Small Spacecraft Office at NASA Ames and was Capture Manager for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Robbie later served as NASA’s Open Government Representative to the White House; and served as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Chief Technologist at NASA. He received a MBA from Georgetown University, a MS in Space Studies from the International Space University, and a BS in Engineering Physics from Santa Clara University. Robbie was a 2005 Presidential Management Fellow.

Ryan Johnson
President, Planet EU
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Ryan Johnson oversees Planet’s business in the European Union. Previously, Ryan was the CEO of BlackBridge Corporation—the remote sensing company that operated the five-satellite RapidEye constellation. Ryan is actively involved in the technology community in Canada and in Europe and has served on many advisory boards over the past 15 years. Ryan holds both a bachelors and masters degree in geography from the University of Lethbridge.

Karthik Govindhasamy
CTO and EVP Engineering
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As CTO, Karthik leads Spacecraft design, manufacturing, mission operations and platform development for Planet. He is a visionary leader with extensive experience in consumer electronics design and manufacturing. Previously, Karthik held various leadership roles at Microsoft and Nokia. At Microsoft, he led the development of the Surface product line, and at Nokia, he headed the engineering for Connected Devices. He holds several international patents in communication products. He received his MS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University and BS in Electronics and Communication Engineering from University of Pondicherry, India.

David Oppenheimer
Chief Financial Officer
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David Oppenheimer brings over 25 years of executive financial leadership, and has led companies through successful IPOs and strategic acquisitions, including CFO roles at Ebates, ServiceSource and Digital Impact, where he managed the IPO process, multiple acquisitions and strategic sales. Oppenheimer’s executive roles also include CFO for Mindjet and Hands-On Mobile, and senior financial leadership positions at Autodesk, AlliedSignal (Honeywell), and United Airlines. David earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering form the University at Buffalo, an MBA from UC Berkeley and post graduate work at Stanford GSB.

Andy Wild
Chief Revenue Officer
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Andy is Planet’s Chief Revenue Officer with responsibility for sales, business operations and customer success. Andy is a dynamic senior executive with global experience, building and scaling world-class sales teams. Previously, Andy was the SVP Sales for OpenText Analytics and President of OpTier. He also held senior leadership positions at CA Technologies and IBM. His extensive technology background serves as a basis for leadership and vision across market strategies, product engineering, marketing and sales disciplines. Andy holds a Bachelor of Engineering First Class Honors Degree in Communications Engineering from the University of Leeds and a completed the Master Dealmaker program at Wharton Business School.

Cara Brennan Allamano
VP People Services
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Cara Brennan Allamano has more than 15 years' experience working in fast growing companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. As VP of People, Cara's team includes HR and Recruiting. In the past, Cara served in HR leadership roles at Pinterest, Efficient Frontier and Young & Rubicam, among others. Cara graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kentucky, holds a Master's Degree in Organization Development from the U. of San Francisco and completed Master of Liberal Arts studies at Stanford University.

Tony Campitelli
SVP Marketing
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Tony Campitelli leads Planet’s Marketing Team. He’s held top marketing and product marketing positions at Canara, Laszlo Systems, eMeter, Macromedia (now Adobe), and FileMaker Inc. (Apple Subsidiary). Tony has an established background in product marketing, marketing planning, lead generation and nurturing, events, and overall strategic positioning. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Massimiliano Vitale
General Manager and SVP Berlin Operations
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Massimiliano leads Planet operations in Germany and Canada, and has over 20 years of experience in integrating and operating ground segment systems for Earth Observation satellites. He joined RapidEye in 2006 and since 2011 has been responsible for the ongoing success of RapidEye Mission Operations. Additionally, Massimiliano played a key role in developing ground segment systems from concept to routine operations, and built a team that successfully completed a number of multimillion data delivery projects. Prior to joining RapidEye, from 1997 to 2006, he was Project Leader with Datamat SpA (a Telespazio company) and participated in a number of Earth Observation ground segment projects for the European Space Agency (ESA) and other national space agencies. During his last years at Datamat, Massimiliano was in charge of the engineering team that supported six different ESA ground segment facilities in Europe. He received a M.Sc. with honors in Computer Engineering from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Laura Weinstein
SVP and General Counsel
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Laura Weinstein is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary Planet, where she is responsible for the Company’s global legal affairs. Laura has more than 20 years of experience working in international high growth technology companies. Prior to joining Planet, she was SVP, GC and Secretary at Tapjoy Inc., a mobile adtech platform. Before that, Laura held these positions at Symphony Teleca Corporation (now Harman International), where she managed all legal affairs for the company’s worldwide operations including complex commercial transactions and a substantial international M&A practice. Before joining Symphony Teleca, Laura was Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary at BrassRing, LLC, a SaaS company providing human resources management solutions, a spinoff of Kaplan Inc. (a leading provider of educational services and wholly-owned subsidiary of The Washington Post Company) where Laura served as Assistant General Counsel. Laura received her B.A. with honors from Amherst College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law. Laura is licensed to practice in California and New York.

SALES LEADERSHIP

Josh Alban
VP Sales, North America
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Josh manages enterprise sales and partnerships for Planet. Josh has over a decade of sales and business development experience in the technology and clean energy sectors. He was previously the VP of Sales at SCIenergy and the Director of Environmental Markets at World Energy. Josh holds an MA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Beau Jarvis
VP Sales, International
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Beau Jarvis has worked in sales, business development and project management in the geospatial industry for more than 15 years. Beau manages international sales activities at Planet. He has been active in a number of emerging geospatial market sectors including GIS & Remote Sensing software, LiDAR & aerial photography systems and satellite imagery. Beau received his MS in environmental management from Duke University with an emphasis in GIS and Remote Sensing applications.

ART MEETS AEROSPACE

Creativity is required in both science and art. We rely on creative thinkers from all disciplines to solve complex problems in space, in software and in the office. Planet’s Artist in Residency program brings artists working in any medium to work alongside our team for three months. Our office is your studio; apply to be an Artist in Residence.

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HISTORY OF PLANET

2010

Founded

Planet founded by Robbie Schingler, Will Marshall & Chris Boshuizen

2013

First Light

Planet launched Dove 2, an early build of the Dove into SSO orbit aboard a Soyuz rocket

2013

Series A & B

Planet raises $13.1M in a Series A round, lead by Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Planet raises $52M in a Series B round, lead by Yuri Milner

2015

Launches

67 total satellites launched across four launches
Planet raises $106M in a Series C round, lead by Data Collective and International Finance Corp

2015

BlackBridge Acquisition

Planet acquires Blackbridge, adding 5 RapidEye satellites to its growing SSO fleet
Another 42 satellites are deployed across 5 more launches

2016

Mission 1

Mission to image the whole Earth everyday - launches begins, with 12 “Build 13” iteration doves launching to SSO orbit on a PSLV launch vehicle. Image: ISRO.

2016

Preparing for Scale

Planet signs an introductory contract the NGA, the largest geospatial customer in the world.

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