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. Now, Planet operates the largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites...ever. With the 2015 acquisition of Blackbridge and 2017 acquisition of Terra Bella, we now offer our customers a diverse selection of medium- and high-resolution data products under one roof.

Our fleet of satellites is 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.

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.

Laura Malinasky
SVP, General Counsel
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Laura Malinasky leads Planet’s Legal Team. She is a legal executive with extensive experience in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, litigation, securities, intellectual property and employment matters. Laura previously held leadership roles at Dynatrace, Keynote Systems, and TIBCO Software after starting her legal career at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Laura received her AB from Stanford University and JD from UC Berkeley.

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.

SALES LEADERSHIP

Josh Alban
SVP, Business Development & Sales
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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.

Jen Marcus
VP, US Government Strategic Partnerships.
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Jen has 15+ years leadership experience in the geospatial industry. Jen joined Planet in November of 2015, from the open source geospatial software startup, Boundless, where she was Director of Strategy and Partnerships for the US Federal Government. Prior to her time at Boundless, Jen spent 13 years at Northrop Grumman (NG) leading strategic initiatives around emerging geospatial technology. Prior to NG, Jen was a Technical Consultant at ESRI and Intergraph. She started her career as a Map Researcher at National Geographer Traveler magazine. Jen has had a love for the planet since her early days as an undergraduate, studying geography, remote sensing, climatology and the history of environmentalism. Expanding beyond planet earth is her passion for her husband Dan, two kids, Grace and Max, and their wild and crazy extended family.

Shankar Sivaprakasam
VP, APAC and JAPAN
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Shankar is Planet’s head of APAC and Japan region, responsible for customer success, revenue, and partnerships. His extensive regional experience in Information Communication and Technology industry spans such areas as consulting, systems integration, outsourcing/ managed services, product management and strategic sales. He has successfully built teams and businesses in start-up environments within large companies. Shankar held several regional leadership positions at Hewlett-Packard and OpenText, and most recently was the VP at OpenText responsible for the analytics business. A graduate in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, Shankar holds an Executive MBA degree from the University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

Blanca Payas Puigarnau
Sales Director Europe, Russia, Central Asia.
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Blanca combines over 20 years’ experience in business development in earth observation from satellites and high-tech environments with a scientific-business-academic background. Blanca has a MSc in Remote Sensing from Dundee University, UK and a Postgraduate in Business Administration from ESADE, Barcelona. Her experience in international sales management at the UB University of Barcelona, TRE-Altamira and WorldSensing, covers a variety of sectors including Environment, Mining, O&G, Natural Hazards and Infrastructure markets.

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

Preparing for Scale

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

2017

Mission 1

Planet’s mission to image the whole Earth everyday begins with the launch of 88 doves launching to SSO orbit on a PSLV launch vehicle. Image: ISRO.

2017

Terra Bella Acquisition

Planet acquires Terra Bella from Google, adding seven high-resolution satellites to the operational fleet. As part of the deal, Google joins Planet’s list of data customers.

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