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基于西雅图的创始人奥斯汀·赫尔什(Sakty)的2050家公司,在他的视频中推动自己是一个可行的候选人,以便平民到空间。(推特通过@austinhirsh)

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.

The other crewmates on the trip will be a front-line health care worker at圣裘德儿童研究院in Tennessee and the winner of asweepstakes organized to benefit St. Jude。Isaacman希望为慈善机构筹集2亿美元。

Hirsh在同一天发布了他的推文,这是在超级碗LV期间为特派团播出的广告。他告诉Geekwire,他梦见了他是一个孩子,但并不一定期望它会成真。

“我的父母都是商业航空公司飞行员,我曾研究机械工程作为本科,因此太空飞行背后的技术始终敏感我,”赫希说。“但是,我会说太空旅行的最吸引人的方面,特别是对于像我这样的可持续发展的企业家,是一生终身机会,能够从外面俯视地球!”

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.

在看到Spacex创始人Elon Musk和Isaacman在电视上,他花了一天,将一个视频放在一起,设计一个网站。在本月底,“名人法官”小组将采取顶级趋势推文,并根据视频和企业家故事的内容选择获胜者。

在他的视频中,HIRSH指出了影响地球生命的空间创新的悠久历史。

“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!”

2050年公司founder Austin Hirsh holds a container of smoothie powder and the finished product. (2050 Company Photo)

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。

“现在,一切仍然如此假设,”他说。“我怀疑如果我被选中,我可能会遇到一些疯狂的日子,交替兴奋和难以置信,因为我围绕着我实际上要去太空的现实!”

Check out the2050 pop-up storefrontfor more details on Hirsh’s mission hopes.

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