Mark Watt is a seasoned investor with a background that combines 20 years of investment, advisory, and business development experience.
Mark's had previously senior positions at William Blair & Co, TriplePoint Capital, America's Growth Capital, Merrill Lynch, and Ernst & Young. He has advised or invested in companies that have generated over $100 billion in shareholder value. Mark lives in Menlo Park with his wife and 2 daughters and devotes most of his spare time to Ironman triathlon training.
Juri is an investment and business development professional with 20 years’ experience in tech and private equity. Before joining the Noosphere team, Juri has occupied senior investment positions as well as top management roles in a wide range of technology and investment companies. His industry knowledge covers spacetech, online verticals, renewable energy and entertainment.
In Noosphere Ventures, Juri is the sourcing and development of investment opportunities as well as adding value to the existing portfolio companies.
He provides expertise in identifying, evaluating and executing business development opportunities and investment strategy on top of having a wide range of experience in startups and new ventures as well.
Juri managed several new business endeavors and investments in Europe, specifically the Netherlands and Germany, and participated in challenging projects exceeding $1B in capex.
At Stanford University I studied synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and radio occultation remote sensing techniques with Dr. Howard Zebker and Dr. Ivan Linscott. Southwest Research Institute in Colorado funded my PhD program in support of the Radioscience Experiment (REX) onboard the New Horizons Mission to Pluto. I developed signal processing algorithms to retrieve atmospheric pressure and temperature profiles from radio occultation data, including data captured during New Horizons’ occultations of both Earth's Moon and Pluto.
In 2017, I withdrew from the PhD program in order to serve full-time as Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Capella Space. Capella Space, founded in early 2016, is a venture-backed aerospace company building a constellation of 36+ high-resolution SAR imaging satellites in low Earth orbit.
Shortly after Capella’s first successful satellite launch in late 2018, I left Capella and joined Noosphere Ventures as Entrepreneur in Residence focused on Noosphere’s space portfolio with an emphasis on Earth remote sensing.