Dr. Burton H. Lee

Burton H. Lee Ph.D. MBA is Managing Partner of Innovarium Ventures, a senior strategic, financial and technical advisory services firm based in Silicon Valley. He also serves as Lecturer in the Stanford School of Engineering, where he teaches and conducts research in the area of European entrepreneurship and innovation (http://me421.stanford.edu). His areas of expertise include venture finance and investment; startup business & technology strategy and market positioning; technology road mapping and due diligence; corporate development and M&A; technology transfer and commercialization; and innovation policy. Dr. Lee’s professional experience spans 15+ years in the global innovation sector, including senior executive positions with venture-backed startups, angel investor groups and venture funds, strategy consulting firms, high tech corporations, federal S&T agencies, and government innovation agencies. Recent clients include the Office of the Prime Minister of Ireland, where he served as a member of the Irish national Innovation Task force; the European Commission, DG Enterprise & Industry; National Science Foundation (NSF); National Institutes of Health (NIH); NASA Ames; and Panama's City of Knowledge Science Park and angel network. His management and technical experience also includes senior positions with leading organizations such as GE Global Research, Hewlett Packard, Daimler Chrysler AG and NASA in the United States, Europe and Japan. Lee's technical expertise spans the advanced computing/AI, software, space, aviation, nanotech, alternative energy, clean tech, and robotics sectors. Burton’s space background includes serving as co-founder and Principal at Space Angels Network; an early tenure as Manager of the Stanford Small Satellite Program; working at NASA Kennedy Space Center as a Shuttle Thermal Protection Systems research engineer; advising NASA Ames on new venture development and spinouts, and winning the Space Industrial Fellowship and Nasa Graduate Research Scholarship at Johnson Space Center. In 1990, Dr. Lee co-founded Spaceport America (originally named the Southwest Regional Spaceport) when he proposed southern New Mexico as a reentry capsule recovery site to New Mexico State University, authored the initial strategic and business plans, and raised $1.4 million in “seed” funding from Congress for spaceport feasibility, environmental and safety studies in collaboration with Sen. Pete Domenici. During 2005 – 2006, he worked closely with the New Mexico Economic Development Department as chief economist on the New Mexico Spaceport Economic Impact Study while at Futron Corporation. His objective job impact estimates were presented to the State Legislature in 2006 and played a key role in securing legislative approval of $100M in state appropriations for the spaceport build out. Lee’s international experience spans over 10 years of professional and education-related positions in Ireland, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria, Japan, Jamaica and Guyana. Burton holds a PhD in Mechanical & Electrical Engineering from Stanford (2002), and an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from Cornell (2004). He attended the International Space University as a graduate of the inaugural class held at MIT in 1988. Additional professional and academic awards, credentials and background for this speaker are available at his LinkedIn profile @ http://www.linkedin.com/in/burtonlee.

Broadcast 1855 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. Burton Lee. Topics: Space entrepreneurship and venture capital investment. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright. We welcomed Dr.

Broadcast 1391 (Special Edition)

Guest: Dr. Burton Lee. Topics: European Commission Space Research Program (ECSRP) and European space consortia for American space companies. We welcomed back Dr. Burton Lee to discuss the European Commission Space Research Program for American space companies and the upcoming July 21, 2010 Stanford University Open Meeting for business and university researchers interested in applying for limited European Commission grant funds in areas such as cubesats, space transportation and propulsion systems, robotic exploration technologies, and NEOs.

Broadcast 953 (Special Edition)

Guests: ISDC Taped Interviews #2 with Sarah Pickens, Dr. Burton Lee, Frank White, David Beaver, Jeff Krukin, and Keith Ferrell. This is the second set of taped interviews from ISDC 2008 in Washington, DC. The three taped interviews are played back to back without breaks but there is a slight pause between each one. The first interview is with Sarah Pickens, daughter of Tim Pickens.

Broadcast 832 (Special Edition)

This program featuring Dr. Burton Lee is another from my Space Studies classes at UND . Dr. David Whalen, Department head of Space Studies has permitted me to place this class on The Space Show website archives. This class was recorded with Dr. Lee on Tuesday, November 13, 2007 regarding the financing of space ventures by angels, venture capitalists and others. While Dr.

Broadcast 824 (Special Edition)

Dr. Burton Lee returned to The Space Show to discuss the Space Angels Network. This is a virtual network of angel investors focused on seed and early stage investments for space related ventures. During the first part of this interview, Dr. Lee discussed space related investments and the market opportunities this approach permits over a more narrow definition of space only types of ventures. Make sure you hear this discussion, its important. Dr.

Broadcast 728 (Special Edition)

Dr. Burton Lee returned for this Space Show program to update us on the recent Space Venture Finance Symposium which was held in Dallas on May 24, 2007. This was a comprehensive review of this important event. Burton not only went into detail about many of the talks and the symposium programming, but he fielded many listener questions and entertained two listener toll free calls. In response to several listener questions, he outlined the plans for future space investing programs including a discussion of location, dates, participants and desired audience.

Broadcast 718 (Special Edition)

Dr. Burton Lee was the guest for this show which first aired on Saturday, May 19 and was heard again on Tuesday, May 22, 2007. Dr. Lee discussed the upcoming financial symposium for the ISDC Conference in Dallas, May 24, 2007. Burton provided us with an important comprehensive look into this conference as well as space investment financing. Many financial issues were discussed, listeners asked several financial and oriented questions, and Burton provided us with details and insights into the speakers and participants at this upcoming symposium.

Broadcast 643 (Special Edition)

Dr. Burton Lee was the guest for this special Space Show program. Dr. Lee successfully guided us through the spaceport world of market studies, economic impact studies, market research and business decisions, and a host of related business, market, and financial issues surrounding space tourism, the making of the space tourism vehicles, and much more. Not only was our discussion interesting and comprehensive, it was most informative about these important subjects and issues. We started the interview with Dr.

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