Max Polyakov | Noosphere Ventures

Max Polyakov

Managing Partner

Max Polyakov is an international tech entrepreneur and NewSpace visionary with his feet firmly planted on the ground. The Managing Partner of Noosphere Ventures, with over 20 years of experience in high-tech businesses, says the development of space technologies will help solve global problems on Earth. Max Polyakov believes that space is a vital source of data that can be used to improve life on Earth, and developing space technologies that make space more accessible is a critical part of that effort.

Max Polyakov - successful entrepreneur, managing partner of Noosphere Ventures

For more than two decades, Max Polyakov has launched many profitable businesses. During the 1990s and 2000s, Max Polyakov founded several successful internet companies, most notably Maxymiser which offers cloud-based testing, personalization and cross-channel optimization solutions for brands to boost engagement and revenue.

In 2010, Max Polyakov became the first Ukrainian entrepreneur to have a company listed on the London Stock Exchange when the IPO for Cupid plc was announced. In 2011, Deloitte named Cupid the fastest growing tech company in Scotland. Just before Max Polyakov left the project, Cupid was named the best performer on the London Stock Exchange for 2012.

Max Polyakov is well known among top U.S. investors. Oracle, the U.S. based multinational computer technology corporation, purchased Maxymiser in 2015. Several years after that sale one of the world’s leading investment firms bought the assets of Murka Limited and Murka Entertainment Limited, which were co-owned by Max Polyakov.

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In 2015, Max Polyakov’s Noosphere Ventures Partners founded Earth Observing System Data Analytics (EOSDA), as a startup to perform instant data analytics of remote Earth sensory data. Two years later, Max Polyakov, with Noosphere Ventures, saved Firefly Aerospace from bankruptcy. In just four years, the company managed to conduct the maiden launch of its Alpha rocket and was purchased by AE Industrial Partners, a private equity firm specialized in aerospace, defense, space and power generation investments, in 2022.

The native of Zaporizhia, Ukraine is also an academic with more than 20 scientific papers to Max Polyakov’s name and is a co-author of 11 patents. Max Polyakov received his PhD in 2013 after defending his dissertation in international economics on the topic "Development of Information Technology in the Global Economy."

Max Polyakov describes himself as a follower of the philosophy of Volodymyr Vernadsky, the founder of both the noosphere theory and Ukraine's Academy of Sciences during the last century. Vernadsky believed that the noosphere is the highest of all spheres, the sphere of the reason, where "noos" means "knowledge." This philosophy inspired Max Polyakov, who has created multiple projects and initiatives related to innovation and sharing knowledge with others.

Max Polyakov has drawn on Vernadsky for his vision and on the city of Dnipro in southeastern Ukraine for engineering help.

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Max Polyakov and Noosphere Engineering School

Max Polyakov has also created and supports initiatives that promote science and knowledge both in Ukraine and globally. In 2014, Max Polyakov created the Noosphere Engineering School, NES, project, which combines scientific theory and practice. According to Max Polyakov's idea, each student has the freedom to create their own project and while participating in a "learning by doing" format under the guidance of experienced mentors and experts.

In 2015, Max Polyakov founded the Vernadsky Challenge which helps develop the global business environment and assists in helping to create more innovative inventions. Max Polyakov supports grants given to the best teams participating in the competition. This gives them the opportunity to develop their project and establish their companies.

Guided by Vernadsky's noosphere philosophy, Max Polyakov founded the organization Noosphere. Projects, startups and international companies have all come together as part of a single vision of Max Polyakov: Sharing Knowledge to create Technology for Humanity.

The product of such cooperation is numerous national and local initiatives made by Max Polyakov in Ukraine aimed at spreading knowledge in the fields of technology and space sciences. Inspired by Max Polyakov, these include the BestRoboFest engineering festival as well as national competitions, such as the Ukraine Rocket Challenge, the Yangel Cup, the Noosphere Space Summit, the Copter Race drone championship as well as other events. Max Polyakov and his organization are also working to improve the infrastructure of the city of Dnipro. Gagarin City Park was revitalized in 2019 and the modernization of the city’s planetarium was finished in early 2021.