The founder of a bootstrapped Seattle startup who launched his company on Kickstarter is looking to hitch a ride to space with a tech billionaire, and he’s using a video on Twitter to plead his case.
奥斯汀·赫尔辛，23岁华盛顿大学毕业生和创始人2050年公司当Spacex的船员龙航天器头到轨道时，希望成为四个可用座位之一，可能早在今年。平民空间使命, called Inspiration4, is being bankrolled in part by Jared Isaacman, the 37-year-old founder and CEO of Pennsylvania-basedShift4 Payments。Isaacman is a trained jet pilot who will serve as commander.
HIRSH回答了一个将参加“鼓舞人心的企业家”的席位的参赛作品的呼吁。他被要求建立一个2050 storefrontusing Shift4Shop, the e-commerce platform offered by Isaacman’s company.
食物了＃地球。Tech made for#space。Like and retweet to launch@austinhirsh.乘坐太空@ Inspiration4x.。Visithttps://t.co/7hfxIc4lej要查看完整的视频and support@stjude.!????????????????????＃Inspiration4.contest＃Inspiration4.@rookisaacman@elonmusk@ shift4shop.@SpaceXpic.twitter.com/VCqp5V9e7X
- 2050co（@ the2050co）February 7, 2021
Hirsh’s company uses freeze-drying technology to turn fresh “imperfect produce” into an instant smoothie mix. Each smoothie contains upcycled fruit that would have otherwise been wasted because of surplus amounts or cosmetic flaws.
“Initially, solar panels, memory foam, computer mice, and wireless headphones were invented exclusively for astronauts,” he said. “SpaceX has made it obvious that space travel is no longer just for astronauts. With the launch of The 2050 Smoothie, neither is space food!”
Hirsh graduated with an MS in entrepreneurship from UW last May and launched his smoothie product on Kickstarter in August, raising $40,000 in one month. After working solo for two years, he’s set to bring on a friend as co-founder and 2050 Company is working on getting smoothies into a handful of grocery stores and retail locations in the Seattle area.
The startup graduated this month from the Foster School of Business’s Jones + Foster Accelerator, and received $25,000 in funding to keep building the business.
If he’s chosen for Inspiration4, Hirsh would go through extensive mission training — a unique experience in and of itself. He said he’s been tracking SpaceX for a long time and while it’s nerve-racking to think about being part of the first for anything, he trusts the Falcon 9 rocket that senttwo NASA astronauts to space去年。
Check out the2050 pop-up storefrontfor more details on Hirsh’s mission hopes.