Posts By
Will Marshall

Curious Planeteer working to make the Earth's changes visible, accessible and actionable.

Autodesk CEO Carl Bass Joins Planet Board of Directors


When you surround yourself with smart, hardworking people, good things happen. At Planet we have taken this approach with our executive leadership and with every new employee joining the company. This tactic applies to our board of directors too. With this in mind, I am pleased to share that Carl Bass, CEO […]

We're Pledging 1%


We’ve pledged 1%. Planet’s vision is to use space to help life on Earth. And now, I’m excited to announce that Planet Labs is joining other companies in committing to the Pledge 1% campaign, a “corporate philanthropy movement dedicated to making the community a key stakeholder in every business.”

A Commitment to Sustainability


Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (or Global Goals) ratified last week by the United Nations will guide the international community towards a better planet over the next fifteen years. I traveled to the United Nations Headquarters in New York to represent Planet Labs at the UN Sustainable Development Summit. I discussed how our […]

Planet Welcomes Ann Mather to Board of Directors


Today the Planet team gets stronger. I am delighted to announce that Ann Mather has joined Planet’s board as our first Independent Board Director. Ann brings to Planet a wealth of experience and knowledge from decades spent with some of the world’s most dynamic companies. She currently serves on the boards of Google, […]

Planet Labs To Acquire RapidEye


I’m excited to announce that Planet Labs has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the BlackBridge geospatial companies, including the RapidEye suite of core offerings. This acquisition welcomes BlackBridge into the Planet family and is a strategic move by Planet to expand quickly into new segments and gain access to a […]

The SpaceX CRS-7 Mission Failure


We’ve said it before: space is hard. Today, the unmanned Falcon 9 launch vehicle experienced an anomaly during its ascent, breaking up two minutes into flight. All eight of our Dove satellites (Flock 1f) on board the Dragon spacecraft were lost. Thankfully, no injuries were reported on the ground. Our sympathies are […]

Planet Closes Larger-Than-Expected Series C Round


Today, we are excited to announce that we have closed our Series C financing at $118 million with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a division of the World Bank Group, being the lead investor in the 2nd closing. This brings Planet’s total fundraising to over $183 million and gives us the capital […]

Space is hard: Antares rocket failure


Today the Antares rocket on a mission to the ISS failed. The rocket was carrying our 26 Flock 1d satellites. Importantly, mission control confirmed that there are no injuries. This was the 5th launch of the Antares rocket—and all relatively new rockets have a higher risk of explosion. While the previous launches have been successful, […]

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