SkyFi launches app in beta, completes boot cycle

SkyFi has a very ambitious vision: to make satellite imagery available and accessible to as many people as possible.

But before it can even dream of widespread democratization of OT, the Austin, Texas startup needs to develop a clean, consumerized experience, with a web portal and mobile app that supports a marketplace for the imagery, data and analysis.

To this end, SkyFi has redesigned his website and this week launched its mobile app in beta. The iOS and Android app currently has about 300 “organized” users, SkyFi CEO Luke Fischer told Payload, and the company will continue to integrate in waves. The startup currently has 26 employees, including 15 engineers. Fischer says SkyFi is “making a big effort” to build a diverse team and that 25% of its engineering team is female.

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SkyFi quickly added new partners to its platform, which now relies on more than 40 satellites and 13 image providers and analytics providers. The startup signed its two new partners, SIIS and Geosat, this morning during World Satellite Business Week. SkyFi’s 13 partners are Umbra, Albedo, Satellogic, Urban Sky, Wyvern, Head Aerospace, Axel Space, Image Sat, Impact Observatory, Synmax, Satrec Initiative, SIIS and Geosat.

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SkyFi has completed its initial funding round of approximately $7 million, which we covered in February, and has now raised $10 million.

  • Notable investors include Bill Perkins, a hedge fund manager, poker pro and SkyFi founder; J2 Ventures; Vivek Sodera, co-founder of Superhuman; Sky Dayton, who works at Craft Ventures but personally invested as an angel; “and a bunch of our friends and family,” Fischer said.
  • SkyFi opted to bolster its balance sheet with a bit more cash due to “changing global and market conditions”.

Look forward: The SkyFi app’s global launch is around two months away, but that’s a “very tentative” mobile target. SkyFi should squash all bugs found in the beta app and iterate based on early user feedback.

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