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.