Colin Ake Leaves Masten Space

masten_logo2Masten Space Systems Director of Business Development Colin Ake is departing after 4.5 years with the company. CEO Sean Mahoney just made the announcement on the company’s website.

Joy for Colin as he leaves us to return to his alma mater, Georgia Tech, in a role as a facilitator and champion for technology transfer. If you haven’t encountered Georgia Tech’s VentureLab or the sister group, Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), they are the anchors of GT’s incubator program – one that is widely recognized as one of the best in the US. (And now we have another space entrepreneur in their midst…)

In the same post, Ake wrote:

The last three and a half years (four and a half, if you count my time as an intern) have given me the unique opportunity to pour my blood, sweat and tears into Masten. This place is awesome and I love it here. After helping organize the chaos into (slightly) less chaos, building strong relationships with people across the industry, and helping build an incredible team, another challenge beckons.

Where I’m headed: GT’s VentureLab was just recently named the #2 university business incubator in the world. They focus on building hard science and hardware startups forged from technology found deep in the heart of research labs across campus. I have a lot to learn and a lot of experience from Masten to build upon. I’ll be back at the heart of a small company soon enough, but for now I’m off to help build many other companies.

Thanks to Dave and Joel for bringing me on and to everyone at Masten I’ve met along the way. And of course thanks to everyone I’ve met in industry for good conversation and great friendships we’ve struck up over the past couple of years. When you’re in Atlanta, come see me over at VentureLab!