I had real difficulty writing a blog post for the last two days. What I realized that sometimes I'm regurgitating received wisdom that I haven't practiced or even tested. I'd like to stop doing that.
What writing does is force me to think for myself. It's something that both education as well as our models of media consumption don't seem to help.
Part of this introspection has been to challenge deeply held beliefs on who I am and what I do. The acquisitive mindset that is forced on us from an early age makes this hard. Most people I know are driven either by fear or by greed. "If I don't do this, these bad things might happen." "If I do this, I can become better so I can get that."
Letting go of fear and greed is, for me, a gradual process that needs continuous work. Almost everything in society is set up to encourage this acquisitive mindset. "Buy this product so you can feel better." "Read this article so you are better prepared for what is coming."
Well, I'm in open revolt to those values. The incredible freedom bestowed by relinquishing them has allowed me, for the first time in what feels like years, to look at myself and the world with a sort of piercing clarity that is gut-wrenching. But also very liberating.
What emerges is both a feeling of equanimity, but also gratitude and a deep empathy for people and things. I'm going to try and operate more from this place going forward.
The world we inhabit is a product of our perceptions. These perceptions are shaped by our belief systems, whether conscious or unconscious.
I invested in a founder a while ago who is facing possibly the most challenging time right now in the life of his young company. And yet, when he calls me, he is palpably enthusiastic about his response to this challenge. He fully believes it is an incredible opportunity to once again change the trajectory of his company.
I love that energy. No matter what happens, he is learning and growing with the crisis.
On reflection, each moment gives us this opportunity. To decide who we want to be and to meet the world that way.
I’m resolving to live more from this place.
Our previously unannounced portfolio company Orbex came out of stealth yesterday with $40 million in private and public funding. Orbex is planning to launch orbital vehicles from the newly-announced UK Vertical Launch spaceport in Sutherland in the Scottish highlands.
Orbex is a UK-based spaceflight company, with subsidiaries and production facilities in Denmark and Germany. The company is constructing a completely re-thought and re-designed orbital launch vehicle, called Prime, to deliver small satellites into Earth’s orbit. Prime launchers are up to 30% lighter and 20% more efficient than any other vehicle in the small launcher category, packing more power per cubic litre than many heavy launchers. Orbex staff members have professional backgrounds with NASA, ESA and several other commercial spaceflight organisations.
We're delighted to be a small part of providing Europe with a small satellite launch capability.