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#AskAMogul:Hi,I'mLaetitiaGarriottdeCayeux.I'mafoundingpartnerofGlobalSpaceVentures&anearlyinvestorinthecommercialspacesector.Askmeanything!YourquestionswillbeansweredLIVE2/12@2pmET.

Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux Founding Partner of Global Space Ventures
9d France Question

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Hi! My name is Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux and I'm a founding partner of Global Space Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on growing a portfolio of breakthrough space ventures into global space leaders. 

In addition to being an early investor in the commercial space sector, I’m a co-founder of Escape Dynamics, which successfully completed in 2015 a multi-year R&D program that significantly advanced beamed energy propulsion for space launch (and was recognized by Fast Company in 2016 as the #3 Most Innovative Space Company behind SpaceX and Blue Origin)!

I'm also a former partner of Renaissance Technologies’ fundamental direct investing group, served as a founding principal of TPG Axon, and advised on over $8 billion in merger and acquisitions at Goldman Sachs which I joined in the late 1990s (and yes, that makes me 40 years old… in fact I just turned 40!)

I earned an MBA from ESSEC and Harvard Business School and I am blessed to have received throughout the years numerous industry accolades and honors including the 1stprize of Harvard Business School business plan contest some 15 years or so ago, being named a “Rising Star” by Institutional Investor as I was taking the leap to start my own investment firm, or most recently a “Top 15 Most Influential Entrepreneur” by Vanity Fair France. 

I serve on the board of the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), as a Truman National Security Fellow, as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New-York, and as an Advisor to “Space for Humanity”.

In addition to being married to a flown astronaut (Richard Garriott de Cayeux) and the daughter in law of NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, I am still reminiscing with fondness the time spent during the formative years in my childhood with my grandfather Andre de Cayeux, a scientist who opened the field of planetary geology in France, and for whom a crater on the moon is named (“Cailleux crater”), but also the visiting scientists he hosted at his home (for weeks and sometimes months at a time!) - and I look forward to working with friends, colleagues and space enthusiasts globally to advance the future of space!

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Monday, February 12th at 2pm ET.

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25 comments

  • Guillaume Tonnel 5

    Can you tell us about the current state of the international legal field concerning property rights in outer space ? And how important do you think this issue will be in the future of space tech ? 

    Can you tell us about the current state of the international legal field concerning property rights in outer space ? And how important do you think this issue will be in the future of space tech ? 

    • Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
      Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux Founding Partner of Global Space Ventures
      9d ago

      UN treaties have been the basis for international property rights in space. A key development that occurred last year is that the US started to enact legislation to solidify laws around ownership/exploitation of in-space resources, as did Luxembourg. Property rights in outer space will certainly remain an important issue that will be increasingly discussed within the international community!

      UN treaties have been the basis for international property rights in space. A key development that occurred last year is that the US started to enact legislation to solidify laws around ownership/exploitation of in-space resources, as did Luxembourg. Property rights in outer space will certainly remain an important issue that will be increasingly discussed within the international community!

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    15d ago

    So excited you are here @Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux! I'm a huge space fan. Do you ever collaborate with Elon Musk? 

    So excited you are here @Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux! I'm a huge space fan. Do you ever collaborate with Elon Musk? 

    • Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
      Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux Founding Partner of Global Space Ventures
      9d ago

      Elon is my favorite rocketman (other than my husband astronaut Richard Garriott & my step-father NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, of course!) I have a huge admiration for him and everything he does to open-up space. He is also a friend, and one of my top go-to person for advice on all things space. The insights he shared with me & my partners as we pushed our beamed energy space propulsion technology development program at Escape Dynamics were invaluable and i am most grateful to him for making the time to help others like me who are doing our share to advance the future of space and unleas the outsized returns space has to offer accross so many sectors of our global economy, and to fellow earthlinks accross the globe!

      Elon is my favorite rocketman (other than my husband astronaut Richard Garriott & my step-father NASA astronaut Owen Garriott, of course!) I have a huge admiration for him and everything he does to open-up space. He is also a friend, and one of my top go-to person for advice on all things space. The insights he shared with me & my partners as we pushed our beamed energy space propulsion technology development program at Escape Dynamics were invaluable and i am most grateful to him for making the time to help others like me who are doing our share to advance the future of space and unleas the outsized returns space has to offer accross so many sectors of our global economy, and to fellow earthlinks accross the globe!

  • MTFan93
    12d ago

    When do you think space travel will be open to the public? Which decade? The 2020s? The 2030s?

    When do you think space travel will be open to the public? Which decade? The 2020s? The 2030s?

    • Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
      Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux Founding Partner of Global Space Ventures
      9d ago

      Technically, it is already open to the public, but prohibitively expensive. I expect it will likely take another decade before space travel is truly "open" to the public. I believe it will start with company-sponsored employees that volunteer to go do work up there, followed by those who want to start of join space settlements. In short, i personally don't think human spaceflight is really the "thing" of this coming decade, which doesn't mean the next decade is not going to be incredibly exciting with a dramatic increase in activity in space including the people going.

      Technically, it is already open to the public, but prohibitively expensive. I expect it will likely take another decade before space travel is truly "open" to the public. I believe it will start with company-sponsored employees that volunteer to go do work up there, followed by those who want to start of join space settlements. In short, i personally don't think human spaceflight is really the "thing" of this coming decade, which doesn't mean the next decade is not going to be incredibly exciting with a dramatic increase in activity in space including the people going.

      • Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
        Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux Founding Partner of Global Space Ventures
        8d ago

        As to the realm of exciting things to look forward to this coming decade in space & space tech, the list is long but it definitely includes things like communication satellites, new paradigm in Earth Observation and their impact on things like weather forecast, and the emergence of disruptive synthetic aperture radar technology. 

        As to the realm of exciting things to look forward to this coming decade in space & space tech, the list is long but it definitely includes things like communication satellites, new paradigm in Earth Observation and their impact on things like weather forecast, and the emergence of disruptive synthetic aperture radar technology. 

  • Matthieu Teachout 34

    Why did you choose the commercial space sector? Passion for the conquest of space or the economic potential of the sector? Why do you think the conquest of space is important for mankind?

    Why did you choose the commercial space sector? Passion for the conquest of space or the economic potential of the sector? Why do you think the conquest of space is important for mankind?

    • Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
      Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux Founding Partner of Global Space Ventures
      9d ago

      The space sector is undergoing a radical transformation and it's exciting for me to be on the ground up to help unleash the outsized returns that I expect space will bring. I do believe economic returns will be high for those who become entrepreneurs or investors in the space in a smart way, but space also promises great impact and improvement for everyone on earth. Impact at scale is a huge attraction for me. Sorting out winners from losers takes a team with knowledge and connections that are deep within this complex field. In my case, i am lucky to work with amazing partners with deep domain expertise. We all have very different backgrounds but we all bring our idiosyncrasies to the table, and that's what makes for a winning team. On your question about the importance of space for mankind, and to stay on a pragmatic level, issues as far flung as tackling climate change, providing affordable internet for all, all the way to energy, water and food assurance all require space. We need space! : -)

      The space sector is undergoing a radical transformation and it's exciting for me to be on the ground up to help unleash the outsized returns that I expect space will bring. I do believe economic returns will be high for those who become entrepreneurs or investors in the space in a smart way, but space also promises great impact and improvement for everyone on earth. Impact at scale is a huge attraction for me. Sorting out winners from losers takes a team with knowledge and connections that are deep within this complex field. In my case, i am lucky to work with amazing partners with deep domain expertise. We all have very different backgrounds but we all bring our idiosyncrasies to the table, and that's what makes for a winning team. On your question about the importance of space for mankind, and to stay on a pragmatic level, issues as far flung as tackling climate change, providing affordable internet for all, all the way to energy, water and food assurance all require space. We need space! : -)

  • redthomas
    9d ago

    With the continued improvements in automation and 3D printing, it seems like space-based manufacturing is right around the corner.  What do you think are the missing pieces to getting there, how far out do you believe we are from it, and what can we as business do to both support and capitalize on it?

    With the continued improvements in automation and 3D printing, it seems like space-based manufacturing is right around the corner.  What do you think are the missing pieces to getting there, how far out do you believe we are from it, and what can we as business do to both support and capitalize on it?

    • Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
      Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux Founding Partner of Global Space Ventures
      9d ago

      Nice to hear from you Red! Folks like "Made in Space" are doing a great job demonstrating the potential for 3D printing in space but we are a long way from being able to #D print space stations and rockets in space using materials from space. There may be some early low hanging fruits from manufacturing in space such as fiber optic cables which are both light enough to justify the expense of launch and return and where the improvement of being manufactured in zeroG may be sufficient to justify manufacturing in space. But these kinds of opportunities are not too common. I expect governments will still have a large role to play in areas like this one that may require longer time horizons to develop profitable commercial businesses.

      Nice to hear from you Red! Folks like "Made in Space" are doing a great job demonstrating the potential for 3D printing in space but we are a long way from being able to #D print space stations and rockets in space using materials from space. There may be some early low hanging fruits from manufacturing in space such as fiber optic cables which are both light enough to justify the expense of launch and return and where the improvement of being manufactured in zeroG may be sufficient to justify manufacturing in space. But these kinds of opportunities are not too common. I expect governments will still have a large role to play in areas like this one that may require longer time horizons to develop profitable commercial businesses.

      • redthomas
        8d ago

        I was sad to miss your online time, but I had a prior engagement.  =)

        Nice call on the fiber optics.  I'd forgotten about that test on the ISS, but it seems a perfect early test for zero-gravity manufacturing.  Even extraction, because silicon is easily found in space and the recipe for turning it into glass is simple.  Beamed energy for cargo return vehicles seems like an ideal cost-saving system, too.

        Thanks for the answer, loved it.  So proud to see you taking a leadership roll in our path forward, and I'm thankful to have such a great role model for my nieces.

        I was sad to miss your online time, but I had a prior engagement.  =)

        Nice call on the fiber optics.  I'd forgotten about that test on the ISS, but it seems a perfect early test for zero-gravity manufacturing.  Even extraction, because silicon is easily found in space and the recipe for turning it into glass is simple.  Beamed energy for cargo return vehicles seems like an ideal cost-saving system, too.

        Thanks for the answer, loved it.  So proud to see you taking a leadership roll in our path forward, and I'm thankful to have such a great role model for my nieces.

  • Sarah Fein
    9d ago

    Should we be worried about the safety of space travel for the public? I do worry that there will be loss of life before we find success. Do you agree @Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux?

    Should we be worried about the safety of space travel for the public? I do worry that there will be loss of life before we find success. Do you agree @Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux?

    • Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
      Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux Founding Partner of Global Space Ventures
      9d ago

      Both direct and indirect risk from nominal use of orbital rockets is relatively low, whether the topic is loss of lives or environmental damage. That being said, i think there is a real risk about how easy it is becoming to build automated vehicles that can launch and land (/target!) anywhere on Earth... the capacity to build what is basically an intercontinental ballistic missile. Even without rockets, fleets of drones sent from outside the border of a country could do substantial damage. Thus i think the real risk is not accidental but militaristic use of these technologies.

      Both direct and indirect risk from nominal use of orbital rockets is relatively low, whether the topic is loss of lives or environmental damage. That being said, i think there is a real risk about how easy it is becoming to build automated vehicles that can launch and land (/target!) anywhere on Earth... the capacity to build what is basically an intercontinental ballistic missile. Even without rockets, fleets of drones sent from outside the border of a country could do substantial damage. Thus i think the real risk is not accidental but militaristic use of these technologies.

  • Brian
    9d ago

    How did you like Harvard Business School? Do you have tips on getting in? My son might apply.

    How did you like Harvard Business School? Do you have tips on getting in? My son might apply.

    • Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
      Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux Founding Partner of Global Space Ventures
      9d ago

      I loved my time at Harvard Business School so i wish your son best of luck with it if he applies. My only advice to him is to ensure that the essays he writes truly tell HIS story - how he aspires to make an impact in the future, how Harvard Business School can help him get there, and how he in turn believes he can contribute to the HBS community. Authentic essays are the best. It is not too hard to tell when they are not! :-)

      I loved my time at Harvard Business School so i wish your son best of luck with it if he applies. My only advice to him is to ensure that the essays he writes truly tell HIS story - how he aspires to make an impact in the future, how Harvard Business School can help him get there, and how he in turn believes he can contribute to the HBS community. Authentic essays are the best. It is not too hard to tell when they are not! :-)

  • Ameris Jimenez
    Ameris Jimenez Mogul President at The University of Illinois
    9d ago

    Hi @Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux! I'm not really familiar with all of the space concepts and the industry. But what is your most favorite groundbreaking historical moment of space?

    Hi @Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux! I'm not really familiar with all of the space concepts and the industry. But what is your most favorite groundbreaking historical moment of space?

    • Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
      Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux Founding Partner of Global Space Ventures
      9d ago

      Last week's Falcon Heavy launch by SpaceX will go down as a watershed moment of this new golden age of commercial spaceflight. The mere idea that a private company has just launched the most powerful rocket in existence today is amazing and it's yet a monumental step in accelerating the future of the new space ecosystem!

      Last week's Falcon Heavy launch by SpaceX will go down as a watershed moment of this new golden age of commercial spaceflight. The mere idea that a private company has just launched the most powerful rocket in existence today is amazing and it's yet a monumental step in accelerating the future of the new space ecosystem!

  • Leah 94
    9d ago

    What did your husband say it was like to be in space? That's so cool you are married to an astronaut!

    What did your husband say it was like to be in space? That's so cool you are married to an astronaut!

    • Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
      Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux Founding Partner of Global Space Ventures
      9d ago

      Well i got to hear a lot about his time in space, not because we've now been married close to 7 years but also because we met right after his space flight and he basically used the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy pick-up line "Hey baby! I just got back from space" and proceeded to describe in details his entire experience sparing no extra time to enquire about my life to that point. Needless to say that I was not too impressed! :-) but i got over his braggadocios-ness and yes, in the end, it is kind of cool that he (and my father in law) are both astronauts. And all joking aside, and back to your question of what it is like to be in space, he would say that the "Overview Effect" was by far the most lasting aspect of his spaceflight, and that seeing the whole earth for a period days and how all the grand scale systems such as weather, erosion, tectonic plate movements and human action all interact, all left him (and others who have had a chance to be in space) with a deep sense of connection to the earth and a responsibility for being a better steward.

      Well i got to hear a lot about his time in space, not because we've now been married close to 7 years but also because we met right after his space flight and he basically used the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy pick-up line "Hey baby! I just got back from space" and proceeded to describe in details his entire experience sparing no extra time to enquire about my life to that point. Needless to say that I was not too impressed! :-) but i got over his braggadocios-ness and yes, in the end, it is kind of cool that he (and my father in law) are both astronauts. And all joking aside, and back to your question of what it is like to be in space, he would say that the "Overview Effect" was by far the most lasting aspect of his spaceflight, and that seeing the whole earth for a period days and how all the grand scale systems such as weather, erosion, tectonic plate movements and human action all interact, all left him (and others who have had a chance to be in space) with a deep sense of connection to the earth and a responsibility for being a better steward.

  • Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
    Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux Founding Partner of Global Space Ventures
    9d ago

    Hi everyone! Excited to be with you for the next hour and looking forward to all your questions!


    Hi everyone! Excited to be with you for the next hour and looking forward to all your questions!


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  • Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
    Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux Founding Partner of Global Space Ventures
    8d ago

    I'm logging off now. It was great to chat with you all and good luck to you all in your respective endeavors! 

    I'm logging off now. It was great to chat with you all and good luck to you all in your respective endeavors! 

  • namisha
    namisha Inquisitive, Avid Reader, Food Lover, Amateur Chef, Digital Sensei
    8d ago

    Were you always fascinated by space?


    Were you always fascinated by space?


  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    8d ago

    Thank you so much for an incredible session @Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux! Incredibly informative. 

    Thank you so much for an incredible session @Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux! Incredibly informative. 


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Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux is a founding partner of Global Space Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on growing a portfolio of breakthrough space ventures into global space leaders. In addition to being an early investor in the commercial space sector, she has played a key role in the growth [...]

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