Thomas A. Olson

For over three decades, Mr. Olson has been a business systems engineer and analyst in the Communications, Aerospace, and Publishing sectors. In addition, he has worked in analysis and operations roles in the Financial Services sector (cash and fund management). A serial entrepreneur, he co-founded Exodus Consulting Group as a "catalyst" helping tech startups and investors find each other. He served on the original organizing committee for the ’Space Investment Summits’, an  event that brought together interested investors and space entrepreneurs for knowledge sharing and professional networking. From 2006-2010, he was a regular contributor to the "Space Cynics" blog, fighting against the ignorance, obfuscation, and boosterism that often pervades the NewSpace sector. Today he serves as Director of Business Development for Avealto, Ltd., based in the UK, an early-stage firm that will soon provide High Altitude Platforms for internet and mobile services to under served areas around the world. He is also Chair and Founder of the not-for-profit Center for Space Commerce and Finance, based in TX, and the new "owner" of the NewSpace Business Plan Competition.

Broadcast 435 (Special Edition)

Tom Olson, CEO of the Colony Fund returned for his end of the year update on The Space Show. We began the interview with getting an update from Tom on changes being made in the planning and development of the Colony Fund. As Tom likes to say, a wall was hit this year with alt.space which forced new strategic thinking on the Colony Fund management team. Current thinking has the Colony Fund expanding beyond only space investments to include technology, specifically nanotechnology opportunities along side commercial space opportunities. Marketing Colony Fund is also important and Mr.

Broadcast 337 (Special Edition)

Tom Olson returned to The Space Show to update us on what has been happening within the entrepreneurial space industry for the first half of the year. Since his last visit on the program at the end of 2004, the industry has continued to move forward with hopes placed on the new NASA Administrator Dr. Mike Griffin as well as on the momentum from events in late 2004. Mr. Olson talked about the Administrator and NASA, he spoke about the continuing impact of Space Ship One, and the many likely entries in the space tourism vehicle market.

Broadcast 293 (Special Edition)

Tom Olson, CEO of the Colony Fund, began the discussion this evening with an update regarding the Colony Fund. Given that his program will soon be going through public SEC registration, Tom must continue to be discrete and virtually silent on what is happening with the Fund. However, in response to questions, he talked about investment criteria, including opportunities from other countries, ITARS and more.

Broadcast 266 (Special Edition)

Patrick Beatty and Tom Olson, along with me, bring you live cradle to completion coverage of today's historic Space Ship One X-Prize victory flight at Mojave, CA. Our complete coverage is slightly under four hours, starting from when people first entered the Mojave Spaceport to when visitors, the press, and the VIP's were leaving. Patrick, on the scene at Mojave in the VIP section for this award winning flight, does a superb job of bringing us the details of the event via radio.

Broadcast 264 (Special Edition)

Patrick Beatty and Tom Olson, along with me, bring you live cradle to completion coverage of today's historic Space Ship One X-Prize flight at Mojave, CA. Our complete coverage is slightly under four hours, starting from when people first entered the Mojave Spaceport to when visitors, the press, and the VIP's were leaving. Patrick, on the scene at Mojave, does a superb job of bringing us the details of the event via radio.

Broadcast 217 (Special Edition)

Tom Olson, the CEO and co-founder of The Colony Fund, was the guest on The Space Show for this program as the scheduled guest was unavailable at the time of the show. Mr. Olson updated on the status and progress being made with The Colony Fund, a proposed $500 million public mutual fund with a targeted focus on making space industry investments. The Colony Fund is progressing nicely in its legal and management proceedings to be able to solicit its start-up capital and its needed SEC public registration. We will be hearing more from Mr.

Broadcast 182 (Special Edition)

Tom Olson, co-founder of The Colony Fund, returns to The Space Show to update us on progress with The Colony Fund and to take a look at 2003 and 2004 from the commercial space perspective. Tom discussed the importance of the X-Prize, RLV and the suborbital industry, the regulatory issues which he believes will see great improvement for 2004. We talked about the aftermath of the Columbia accident and what any possible NASA reorganization might be like and what it means for space commerce and the private sector.

Broadcast 140 (Special Edition)

Tom Olson and Paul Contursi returned to The Space Show to discuss new developments with The Colony Fund which will be presented at the Mars Society Conference in August 2003 in Eugene, Oregon. In addition to discussing Colony Fund developments, space commerce and investment strategy is discussed, as well as commercial space policy, the Outer Space Treaty, Mars, and affordable space access.

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